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Netherfield dumped out the cup in rain-soaked weekend
NETHERFIELD have been knocked out of all cup competitions bar the Twenty20 Cup after they lost by just one wicket in the Readers Cup.
With all matches abandoned in the Northern Premier League due to the rain on Saturday, Leyland were the visitors to Parkside Road on Sunday, and they put the home side into bat having won the toss.
It was a poor start for Netherfield, who were reduced to 31-3 by the end of the 11th over.
Openers March Brown and Jon Mason were out for eight and 14 respectively, with John Huck out for a two-ball duck as Leyland claimed two wickets in the 11th over.
But as he has done so many times this season, pro Cobus Pienaar batted imperiously, striking 10 fours and a six on his way to 97 before he was caught by James Rounding off Luis Reece.
He put on a partnership of 119 with Ben Haddrick (18) to steady the ship and Netherfield looked good on 150-3 when Haddrick was bowled by David Makinson.
Chris Parry retired hurt on two with a head injury. He later returned to watch the rest of the match and young sub Chesney Walling fielded for the second innings.
Netherfield added 32 runs to the score to give them a total of 182-7.
Pienaar continued his good form with ball in hand, claiming another five wicket haul at the expense of just 27 runs.
And he started very well, catching Henry Thompson LBW for one to make Leyland 5-1.
Netherfield chipped away at the top half of the order as they reduced the visitors to 60-5 halfway through the innings.
But 15-year-old Danny Lamb was in fine fettle to steer Leyland over the line, scoring an impressive 75 not out on the way to victory.
His stand of 46 with Andrew Makinson (17) and 36 with David Fisher (18) kept Leyland’s runs ticking over.
In the 37th over, they lost Rounding (three) meaning Netherfield needed just one more wicket to win.
But David Makinson (two not out) stuck in with Lamb over the remaining overs.
The visitors needed 10 runs off the last over to progress to the next round and they reached their target when Lamb hit a four to take them up to 185-9 with just three balls remaining.
Netherfield’s next game takes place on Saturday when they play host to Darwen.
Kendal played no games this weekend, and take on Barrow in the Twenty20 Cup tomorrow (Friday). They travel to Lancaster on Saturday before entertaining Preston in the Readers Cup on Sunday.