Netherfield CC produce first complete performance of season to secure eight-wicket success against Lancaster (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Netherfield CC produce first complete performance of season to secure eight-wicket success against Lancaster
NATHAN Chambers and Saliya Saman were in destructive form with the ball as Netherfield cantered to an eight-wicket win against Lancaster and a first success of the season.
After winning the toss and batting, New Zealand professional Michael Barry top-scored for the visitors with 32 in a total of 128 from 40.1 overs, as Chambers and Saman claimed three wickets apiece.
In reply, Ben Barrow and skipper Marc Brown both notched their highest totals of the season as Netherfield reached their victory target inside 21 overs.
Mark Clarkson claimed the first Lancaster wicket to fall in the sixth over as Charlie Swarbrick edged behind to Barrow, who was deputising for John Huck with the gloves.
With the score 17-1 after six overs, Danny Welbourne and Barry shared a stand of 43 – the highest of the Lancaster innings – before Saman claimed his first scalp.
After a quick-fire 32 from 28 balls, Barry edged Saman to Huck in the slips, ending a knock which included six fours, with Jamie Heywood joining opener Welbourne at the crease.
The duo added a further 25 runs before the dismissal of Welbourne, caught behind off Saman for 17, triggered a collapse as Lancaster lost their final seven wickets for 43 runs.
The leg-spin of Ben Phillips accounted for Kieran Moffat, who was stumped by Barrow for a duck, while Heywood edged Chambers behind for 18, with Lancaster reeling at 90-5.
Dylan Conroy reached seven before holing out to Brown on the boundary off the bowling of Phillips, who returned figures of 2-36 from nine overs.
Lancaster captain Ben Simm was the next to go, dismissed by Chambers for one as Barrow claimed his fifth victim, with Lancaster 102-7 off 31 overs.
Lee Sparks was bowled by Chambers for one as the right-arm seamer posted figures of 3-11 from seven overs, with Alex Metcalfe caught in the slips by Huck off Clarkson for six.
Iain Perrieman offered some late resistance until being caught by Chambers in the covers for 17, with Saman finishing with 3-28 off 13.1 overs.
For the first time this season, Netherfield produced the complete performance, on this occasion backing up their work in the field with a solid batting effort.
Brown and Barrow combined to great effect at the top of the order, seeing off the new ball and laying the foundations for the Parkside Road club to complete a comfortable victory.
Barrow struck a fluent 42 from 53 balls, which included eight fours, before edging off-spinner Simm to Heywood in the slips, with the Lune Road skipper finishing with 2-24 from four overs.
The pair had added 85 inside 16 overs, with Brown falling two overs later to the same bowler, caught behind by wicketkeeper Sparks for 35.
With the hosts 98-2, Australian amateur Phillips and Saman then combined to knock off the remaining 31 runs as Netherfield convincingly dispatched their opponents by eight wickets.
Phillips remained unbeaten on 25 after hitting four boundaries and clearing the ropes once, with Saman the other not out batsman with 13.
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