Netherfield faltered to their 3rd league defeat of the season after losing by 51 runs to Fulwood & Broughton on a frustrating afternoon where Matt Jackson’s team faltered with the bat.

The field keen to bounce back from last weekend’s double league and cup set back bowled relatively well during the first innings after Fulwood and Broughton were restricted to a chase able target of 175-9 after both Samuel Medhurst and Dan Bernet both picked up three wickets.

Despite a positive start to the second innings where Ben Barrow and Josh Dixon posted a steady first wicket stand of 27, Netherfield collapsed before they were bowled out for 124, with Sonal Dinusha and Dom Jackson claiming four wickets apiece.

Netherfield who won the toss and elected to field saw the visitors make an imposing start after Matthew Rosbottom and Matthew Smith posted a first wicket stand of 37.

However Samuel Medhurst broke the partnership after he dismissed Rosbottom who was caught behind by Finlay Richardson.Mike Sambell and Matthew Smith frustrated the Netherfield attack while the visitors moved onto 96, before the Field halted their momentum when Smith who top scored with 59 picked out Dan Bernet off the bowling of Asutosh Singh.

Netherfield went onto take a cluster of quick wickets where the visitors were on 102-4, after Singh dismissed Sambell who was caught by Matt Jackson while Dan Bernet claimed the prize wicket of Sonal Dinusha who skied a poor shot into the hands of Josh Dixon.

Northamptonshire County Cricketer Simon Kerrigan scored just 5 off 10 balls before he fell to a superb catch by John Mason off the bowling of Singh, with Mason taking the catch near the boundary.

Netherfield continued to impose themselves as the visitors toiled losing two more wickets where Dan Bernet bowled Ben Parkinson while Samuel Medhurst trapped Zach Proctor LBW.

Fulwood and Broughton who were under increasing pressure at 134-7 where indebted to Jon Fenton and Muhammad Zaid’s late rally where they both edged the score along onto 165.

However Netherfield finished with a late flurry after Medhurst dismissed Zaid who was caught behind by Finlay Richardson before Matt Jackson trapped Dom Jackson LBW, while the visitors closed on 175-9 off 50 overs.

Ben Barrow and Josh Dixon made a positive start to the second innings after both posted a first wicket stand of 27.However a bowling change which saw both Simon Kerrigan and Sonal Dinusha brought into the attack made the difference after Netherfield collapsed from 27-0 to 35-4.

Ben Barrow who posted 12 off 35 was the first wicket to fall after he was caught by Dinusha off the bowling of Simon Kerrigan, while Dixon went next ball to Dinusha with the former Morecambe captain falling to a good catch by Dom Jackson.

Fulwood and Broughton continued to rip through with Kerrigan trapping Reece Irving LBW while Finlay Richardson picked out Matthew Smith from Dinushas delivery.

Asutosh Singh and Brad Earl offered some resistance after the pair pushed Netherfield their score along as they edged their way to 89.

Fulwood battled back after Dom Jackson claimed the wickets of Earl, Dan Bernet and John Mason with Netherfield now toiling on 116-7.

The visitors edged closer to victory when Dinusha caught and bowled Samuel Medhurst before Dom Jackson bowled Louis Backhouse.

Sonal Dinusha condemned Netherfield to defeat when he saw off Asutosh Singh who was caught by Jon Fenton with the Club Professional falling for 48, as Netherfield were bowled out for 124 off 42.5 overs.

Netherfield travel to Longridge on Saturday before they play two t20s at Parkside Road on Sunday where they host Longridge at 11.30 and St Anne’s at 3pm.