Kendal began their campaign in the Northern Premier Cricket League with a hard-fought 33 run victory over Fulwood & Broughton at Shap Road.

Jonathan Rongsens first innings knock of 74 off 102 proved pivotal for the Auld Greys who closed on a competitive total of 152-7.

The visitors battled back in their reply before Kuldeep Singh’s return of 4-12 as well as 3 wickets apiece by Jonathan Rongsen and Chris Miller guided Kendal to victory bowling out Fulwood & Broughton for 115 off 40 overs.

Kendal who won the toss and elected to bat toiled during the early stages of the first innings after they were reduced onto 36-3.

Chris Miller who opened the batting was the first wicket to fall after he was trapped LBW by Jon Fenton before Dom Jackson claimed the wickets of Paul Dodd’s and Harry Lee, with Dodd’s stumped by Mike Sambell while Lee picked out Zac Proctor.

Jonathan Rongsens quick fire knock of 54 as well as the contribution of Oliver Tysons 20 proved critical for Kendal who edged their score onto 104.

Fulwood & Broughton broke they key partnership after Sonal Dinusha trapped Tyson LBW before Joe Lupton bowled Sam Fletcher while Kendal struggled along on 104-5.

Jonathan Rongsen battled with a stunning 74 before the Indian Professional finally departed after he was stumped by Mike Sambell off the bowling of Sonal Dinusha before Joseph Dodd’s departed for 9 after being trapped LBW by Jon Fenton.

Kuldeep Singh and Richard Dakin added extra runs with Kendal closing on 152-7 off 50 overs.

Kendal made the best possible start to the second innings after Kuldeep Singh claimed the wicket of Matthew Rosbottom who picked out Matthew Park.

Ben Parkinson and Sonal Dinusha frustrated Kendal where they pushed Fulwood & Broughton onto 71, however The Auld Greys regained control with four quick wickets while the visitors slumped to 75-5.

Jonathan Rongsen began the fight back after he bowled Ben Parkinson before taking the wickets of both Dinusha and Matthew Smith, while Chris Miller trapped Mark Smith LBW.

Mike Sambells hardfought 20 off 55 saw Fulwood and Broughton edge past 100 before Miller caught and bowled Sambell.

Kendal from that point ripped through Fulwood and Broughton when Miller claimed the wicket of Jon Fenton before Kuldeep Singh, he saw off James Lupton, Dom Jackson, and Chris Brookes with Fulwood and Broughton bowled out for 119 off 45.2 overs.

Kendal travel to play St Anne’s on Saturday before travelling to Fulwood & Broughton on Sunday in the Twenty-20.