NETHERFIELD captain Marc Brown has urged his players to fight for pride after defeat in the TWPWealth Area t20 finals ended their hopes of cup success this year.

Liverpool and District league side Northern made 132 all out and a quickifre 39 from Bradley Earl wasn’t enough for Field as their chase ended 17 runs short.

And now Brown has called on the team to battle until the end of the league campaign.

“We ran out of steam a little bit,” he said. “We performed reasonably well with the ball but it was disappointing to lose at that stage again.

“I told the lads we have to pull up our socks and put some performances on the board.

“At this stage of the season for teams in mid-table like ourselves it’s literally just trying to get as high up the league as possible.

“I said to the lads there’s still individual pride and responsibilty for the club to try to get us towards the top of the league.”

Sunday’s defeat followed a comprehensive eight wicket defeat away at Blackpool.

“They had two decent opening bowlers who pretty much steam-rolled through us,” he said.

“I don’t think conditions were a fair assessment of the game and I think it was won the toss. The wicket was well prepared for their strengths as a team so I am disappointed in that but there’s nothing you can do to be honest.”

Netherfield play Barrow in the league on Saturday before hosting local rivals Kendal on Bank Holiday Morning.

“We’ve had the recent success over Kendal in the past year and I am pretty confident we will come out on top on Monday.

“It is a big derby game where everyone knows each other and how they play the game.

“For the elder statesmen at the club who have put a lot of work in these are the games you want to come out on top.”

Netherfield will also host the Cumbria Cup Final between Whitehaven and Furness this Sunday from 2pm.