IT may have ultimately proved a routine victory but skipper Marc Brown hopes his side’s win against Carlisle in the Bluefin County Cup can have more underlying importance for Netherfield’s batsmen.
The Parkside Road club routed Carlisle for just 79 after racking up 253-5 from 40 overs, with Brendan Herron, Saliya Saman and Brown himself all notching forties, as John Huck top-scored with 73.
This followed another below par performance in the league against Preston, with Netherfield slumping to a 45-run defeat after being dismissed for 126, with only Ben Phillips showing any form.
And despite the low-key nature of their win against Carlisle, Brown hopes the form shown by the Netherfield top order in particular can now be replicated in Northern League cricket.
“The Carlisle fixture was a game we were expecting to win but it was good to see people getting some time in the middle and building some scores,” he said.
“John’s knock was the first amateur fifty we’ve had this season which is quite disappointing for the players we have in the side and the standards we set.
“Hopefully we can kick into some form now and transfer Sunday’s batting form into the league as we need to start winning some games and building our way up the table.
“We just haven’t really clicked as yet, everybody is committing the same sort of mistakes and that was evident against Preston.
“A lot of us are getting in and building some sort of partnership but not really going on, 20s and 30s accumulate runs but aren’t going to win us games.
“We know we have some good players but we’re not helping ourselves individually at the minute.”
Bank Holiday Monday sees Netherfield face Kendal at Shap Road – the first of a number of Auld Grey derbies across various competitions in the coming weeks.
And Brown believes there is no better setting for his charges to revive their fortunes and lay down a marker for the remainder of the summer.
“It’s a pretty big game and it’s one we’ve spoken about,” he added. “If there is a game to stand up in and perform with a view to changing fortunes then it’s this one.
“There is no better way to change our early season form than to get wins on the board.
“We’ve had a lot of success against Kendal since I’ve been at the club and I’m confident we can pull out a win.
“Kendal rely a lot on key players so those are obviously the areas we’ll be targeting.”
Kendal v Netherfield: Marc Brown (c), Ben Barrow, Ben Phillips, John Huck, Saliya Saman, Joe Atkinson, Brad Earl, Brendan Herron, Mark Clarkson, Nathan Chambers, Stuart Nixon