NICK Lewthwaite devastated the Leyland batting attack but the Kendal man’s impressive bowling display wasn’t enough to secure victory in a rain-affected clash at the Stanning Memorial Ground.

Lewthwaite finished with figures of 8-41 but the weather proved to be the winner as the match was abandoned with Kendal on 49-2 just 12 overs into their chase of 154 for victory.

The 2.20pm start meant overs had already been reduced to 43 before further rain in the fifth over saw it reduced further to 38.

The away side won the toss and put Leyland into bat with openers Luis Reece and Chris Parkinston making 65 off 14 overs before Lewthwaite took his first wicket.

Reece (52) had smashed seven fours and two sixes before he was caught by Chris Miller in the 14th over.

Alex Ross (23) was next to fall in the 16th over before Henry Thompson (0) shortly followed with Leyland on 101-3.

Lewthwaite rattled through the rest of the order taking two wickets in one over on two occasions.

Kendal’s reply was disturbed as thunder and lightning began in the fourth over with openers Darren Braithwaite and Richard Herron at the crease.

That rain delay saw the target reduced to 133.

Braithwaite (8) was soon back in the pavilion and was followed by New Zealand professional Jamie How (13) before the match was abandoned.