Namibian pro Christi Viljeon stars with ball as Blackpool run riot over Netherfield

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BLACKPOOL professional Christi Viljeon blitzed Netherfield’s batting order as the Fylde Coast league leaders romped home to an eight wicket victory on Saturday afternoon.

Namibian Viljeon took 5-26 at Stanley Road as Netherfield posted just 60 runs off 33.5 overs with the last five batsmen failing to trouble the scoreboard.

Table topping Blackpool chased down the target in just under an hour to pick up the win.

The away side opened the batting and openers Ben Barrow and skipper Marc Brown made just 18 before Barrow (12) was caught in the slips by Andy Furniss as Viljeon took his first wicket.

Richard Gleeson entered the bowling attack and took the scalps of Ben Phillips (1) and Sri Lankan pro Saliya Saman (2) before Brown (18) was bowled by Viljeon.

Netherfield stood at 60-5 after 32 overs but a tail order collapse saw them add no runs to the total as the last five batsmen found themselves back in the pavilion within 12 balls.

Gleeson finished on figures of 3-23 while Steven Mercer, who trapped Nathan Chambers for a golden duck, posted impressive figures of 2-2 off two overs.

Netherfield’s attempt to bowl Blackpool out started perfectly as Gleeson was caught behind by Barrow off the bowling of Saman in the inning’s first delivery.

But that was as good as it got for Netherfield whose target was easily reached within 15.2 overs.

Alex Smith (30 not out) top scored while Matthew Houston (26) hit five fours before he was caught by Chambers off the bowling of John Huck as Blackpool needed just one run to win.

Viljeon hit the winning runs with a four to end a miserable afternoon for Field. 
 

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