Kingfisher Cup first round: Chorley 179 for 6, Urmston 115 all out

Any gloom resulting from Chorley’s first defeat of the season on Saturday was dispelled 24 hours later as they eased into round two of the Kingfisher Cup national knockout on Sunday.

Chorley not only performed creditably to see off a useful Urmston side, but they also did well to beat the weather and get the game finished after rain had caused a lengthy interruption with the home side standing at 34 without loss after 12 overs.

When play resumed, Andy Griffiths dominated the visiting attack with a splendidly crafted half-century, but there were also useful contributions from fellow new boy Dave Fisher who made 33 and Will Moulton who hit a swift 31.

The sum total of their efforts meant Chorley reached 179 for 6, an imposing total given that the innings was reduced to just 28 overs thanks to that rain stoppage.

The visitors, who play in the Cheshire County League, were always up against it when they finally began their reply at almost 6.45pm on a grey, gloomy evening.

And despite some lusty blows in a lively knock of 41 by towering skipper Sumit Panda, Urmston’s challenge faded and they finally subsided for 115 in the 25th over, Chris Harty and Richard Flood grabbing three wickets apiece.