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Successful weekend for Kendal with wins over Blackpool and Garstang
KENDAL bounced back from their recent disappointments with two great wins over Blackpool in the league and Garstang in the ECB Kingfisher Cup.
Pool started well at home to Kendal, with veteran Darlington putting on 50 until he was stumped by Gary Baker off captain Chris Miller’s off-spinner.
But the real turning point was getting Blackpool pro Dale Deeb out for just one, caught by Stu Parkin at deep mid-off from Miller, who claimed a superb 5-28.
Three overs later number three Mounsey was bowled by Kendal pro Jamie How to leave the home side on 91-4, having been on 79-1.
More wickets fell to Miller and How, and Blackpool finished on 142-9 over the allotted 50 overs.
Kendal's reply suffered an early setback as opener Jamie Heywood fell second ball bowled by the pacy Gleeson, who removed Gary Baker in his second over to leave Kendal on 8-2 after 16 balls.
How put on another good batting show to reach 56 to rescue the innings, with the evergreen Terry Hunte helping tick the score over to 100 before How was caught by Deeb off Gleeson.
Hunte departed shortly after, but great batting from Darren Braithwaite and Jack White eased Kendal over the line with 13.2 overs to spare to secure a five-wicket victory.
Kendal won the toss and Garstang were invited to bat on Sunday, and Kendal’s good bowling continued.
All five bowlers chipped in with at least one wicket, with Garstang going from 25-0 at the end of the sixth over, to 29-3 at the end of the ninth.
The score became 35-4 when Gary Fawcett was bowled in Nick Lewthwaite's first over. Alan Cook and Ian Walling added 69 runs for the fifth wicket before they fell to catches in consecutive overs and Garstang succumbed to 143 all out.
Kendal 'keeper Gary Baker had a great game, picking up four victims - two caught and two stumped, and proving the pick of the batters in the reply.
He and Donovan Du Plessis put on an early 44 runs before Du Plessis (21) was caught by skipper Mike Walling off Jim Proctor.
Terry Hunte’s 20 and Baker continued the score to 93 before Hunte was bowled by teenager Jake Smith’s spin.
Nick Lewthwaite and Shane Hyland took Kendal to within eight runs of victory before Lewthwaite was bowled by captain Mike Walling’s only over. Hyland (16 not out) and Miller saw Kendal home with four overs remaining to cap a great weekend with a three-wicket success, and they now play Blackpool in the 3rd round away on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Kendal and Netherfield have play each other next Thursday evening as Kendal begin their defence of the Twenty20 Cup.
The game starts at 6.30pm.