Kendal top order buckles under Fleetwood tide as in-form Shap Road club suffer heavy loss at Broadwater (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Kendal top order buckles under Fleetwood tide as in-form Shap Road club suffer heavy loss at Broadwater
FORMER Fleetwood skipper Adam Parker ripped through Kendal’s top order to claim six wickets after Adam Sharrocks set the Broadwater club on their way with a powerful batting knock.
Sharrocks top scored as Fleetwood posted 193-9 from their 50-over allocation as Kendal captain Stu Parkin claimed three wickets and Nick Lewthwaite and Jamie How took two apiece.
In reply, Kendal’s top order failed to fire as Parker wreaked havoc as the Shap Road outfit were reduced to 25-5, with only a wagging tail adding respectability to defeat.
After electing to bowl first, Kendal enjoyed the perfect start as Parkin dismissed opener Dean Bell for two, with Fleetwood reeling at 3-1 in the fourth over.
After striking five boundaries, off-spinner Chris Miller claimed the wicket of Parker, caught behind by Gary Baker, who departed for 33 – the second top scorer of the innings.
With Fleetwood 77-2 at the halfway stage, a further nine runs were added before Lewthwaite dismissed South African professional JP de Villiers, caught by Graham Baker, for two.
Sharrocks and Naveed Yousaf added 45 for the fourth wicket inside 12 overs before the former was bowled by Lewthwaite for 77 – an impressive knock which contained 11 fours and a six.
Yousaf was the next to go, stumped by Gary Baker off How for 14 as the 33-year-old also claimed the wicket of Tom Wilson in his next over, caught by Parkin for six.
With the hosts 141-6 in the 43rd over, Fleetwood added more than 50 runs in the final seven overs with Mike Clinning and Chris Stanhope adding 25 for the seventh wicket.
Clinning was run out for 13 while Parkin dismissed Stanhope for 20, caught by Darren Moore, with the skipper also accounting for his opposite number Mat Clark, caught by Ryan Shepherd for six.
Tail-enders Josh Heaney and Lee Jones finished unbeaten on 11 and six respectively, as Fleetwood posted an imposing 193-9 from their 50 overs.
The Kendal response was thrown into disarray as the top order came and went with alarming regularity, with the visitors five wickets down inside the first six overs.
Moore was the first to go, bowled by Parker for four, as former New Zealand international How fell the same way soon after, with Kendal struggling at 12-2.
Chaos continued to reign supreme as opener Shepherd was caught behind by Jones off the bowling off de Villiers for eight, with in-form Terry Hunte the next wicket to fall.
The veteran batsman became Parker’s third victim, departing for a duck as Graham Baker was caught behind for two, with Kendal reeling at 25-5 in the sixth over.
The Fleetwood tide ceased briefly as Gary Baker and Darren Nightingale added 42 for the sixth wicket before the latter was snared by Yousaf - Heaney’s sole scalp of the piece.
Nightingale struck three boundaries and cleared the ropes once before Gary Baker was trapped in front by Parker for 26, after a knock which contained five fours.
Despite further resistance, Adam Cowperthwaite became Parker’s sixth wicket, departing for 13 after picking out Stanhope, as Kendal meandered to 98-8 off 22 overs.
Lewthwaite and Miller joined forces for 39 – the second highest partnership of the innings – before Yousaf claimed two quick-fire wickets to end matters.
Miller was stumped by Jones for 20 while Lewthwaite was the last man to go, caught by Wilson for a top score of 32.
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