Netherfield moved up to sixth in the Northern Premier Cricket League table after they defeated Longridge by 6 wickets at Parkside Road.

South African Sub Professional Thomas Kaber impressed for Matt Jackson’s team after his first innings return of 4-22 saw the visitors toil before they were bowled out for 101 while Brad Earls knock of 50 off 43 balls saw Netherfield to victory as they closed on 105-4 off just 18 overs.

Netherfield who lost the toss and were put into field ripped through the visitors who were reduced onto 19-4. Isaac Medhurst who was called up from the second team opened the bowling and claimed the wickets of both Luke Platt and Tom Howarth with Platt falling to a good catch by Matt Jackson while Howarth picked out Oli Wileman.

Matt Jackson at the other end saw off both Joshua Mullin and James Whitehead after Mullin picked out Thomas Kaber before Whitehead was caught behind by Finlay Richardson. Zac Christie and Tom Turner attempted to rebuild the innings as they pushed Longridge onto 51, however a bowling change which saw Thomas Kaber brought into the attack paid divid ends after the South African claimed the wicket of Christie who saw his tame effort taken by Matt Jackson.

Kaber who was at times unplayable went onto bowl Rhys Morgan, and while Longridge edged their score along onto 80, Dan Bernet saw off the potential threat of the visitors when the New Zealander picked up the wicket of Ollie Mullin who was caught behind by Finlay Richardson.

Thomas Kaber finished with figures of 4-22 after taking the wickets of both Jake Durnell and Tom Turner who departed for 26, while Durnell picked out Bradley Earl with Turner falling to a good catch from Josh Dixon. And Dan Bernet claimed the last wicket seeing off Matt Greenall who was caught by Ben Barrow with Longridge all out for 101 off 44.2 overs. Josh Dixon and Brad Earl made an imposing start to the second innings after both posted a first wicket stand of 83.

Dixon who scored 35 departed after he was caught behind by Tom Howarth off the bowling of Ian Simpson. While Longridge went onto take the wickets of Finlay Richardson and Thomas Kaber with Richardson falling LBW to Jake Durnell while Kaber departed for 1 after he was caught by Tom Howarth off the bowling of Ian Simpson.

Despite losing wickets the scores were level before Lee Hogg scored a boundary to seal the win as Netherfield closed on 105-4 off 18 overs. Netherfield have their busiest weekend of the season as they play three games in three days, on Saturday they travel to play Chorley before going to Denby in Derbyshire on Sunday for The National Twenty-20 finals. And if they defeat Ockbrook and Borrowash in the second semi-final they will then play the final later on in the day where victory would see them at the National finals at Derbyshire County Cricket Ground.

The Field closes their Bank holiday weekend on Monday as they host Kendal in the local derby at Parkside Road.