More the merrier as Kendal book a semi spot

First published in Cricket The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

KENDAL are through to the semi-final of the Readers’ Cup after a narrow 15-run success over Morecambe.

They booked their date with Leyland after scoring 118-9 off their 40 overs having won the toss.

Nick Phillips opened the batting with Terry Hunte and the former put on 19 before he was dismissed when Gareth Pedder caught a Richard Cupit ball.

Hunte was out for three but New Zealand Test man Jamie How hit 26 and Graham Baker’s 22 gave Kendal a steady base.

Wickets were falling regularly though and with two remaining Kendal had only scored 87.

But the lower order added 31 runs, which included 13 not out for Shane Hyland and 16 for Nick Lewthwaite, to bolster Kendal’s total to 118-9.

With Jack White only bowling one ball, Kendal were reliant on others to plug the gap as Morecambe, who have already beaten Kendal twice this season, looked to reach their target.

Up stepped Stu Parkin and Chris Miller, who recorded 3-17 and 3-14 respectively, and after 36.1 overs Morecambe were all out for 103.

Morecambe pro and opener Ikram Ullah got them off to a good start with 41 but only two other batters reached double figures as Kendal’s bowling attack once again came up trumps to book their berth in the last four of the Readers’ Cup.

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