There was good news and bad news from Chorley’s long trip to Barrow on Saturday.

The good news was not only did they beat the weather to get a game in, but they also showed guts and resolve to get a creditable draw, a result not to be sniffed at seeing as the home side had previously reeled off four wins out of four. But the downside was that the visitors were second best for most of the game and had to rely on a stand of steely resolve by skipper Andy Holdsworth and the seasoned Iain Critchley to rescue a share of the spoils.

A wicket that had looked slow and benign when Barrow had plundered 168 from a rain reduced quota of 38 overs suddenly appeared treacherous when Chorley began their reply.

Barrow’s wily skipper Daryl Wearing is no James Anderson, but he managed to extract plenty of bite and unpredictable bounce, and largely due to his efforts, the visitors’ run chase never got going.

After a slow, stuttering start, they then crumbled to 35 for 5, but then Holdsworth and Critchley dug in, playing with patience and sense.

And by the time the latter chipped Wearing into Sam Dutton’s grateful hands after being caught in two minds by a wide one, Chorley were within sight of the draw which they eventually clinched as the clock approached 7.50pm.

In truth, that Barrow total always looked imposing, and it had come largely due to a splendid third wicket stand of 105 engineered by Ryan Brown and stand-in pro Ben Dunk.

After a late start then another long rain interruption, they lit up an afternoon when a bitter North Sea wind had the clouds scudding over the ground.

A magnificent catch by David Fisher from a last over skyer by Wearing was one of the few highlights for Chorley, and the visitors had little else to cheer until that late stand saved their bacon.