Kendal sauntered to an impressive 8 wicket win at Northern Premier Cricket League title holders Blackpool in a result which pulled The Auld Greys further away from relegation trouble.

Kuldeep Singh’s first innings return of 3-37 saw Kendal rip through the hosts who were bowled out for 121 off 42.3 overs.

Despite losing the early wicket of Chris Miller, Rongsen Jonathans undefeated 89 off 66 as well as the support of Paul Dodds 27 off 56 guided Kendal to victory where they closed on 124-2 off 24 overs.

Kendal who lost the toss and were put into field ripped through Blackpool’s top three batsman as they were reduced onto 34-3. Kuldeep Singh claimed the first wicket after he saw off Kasim Munir who was caught behind by Sam Fletcher, while Toby Tyson bowled Tomas King for 17.

Singh gave Kendal further reasons to celebrate after he trapped Joshua Boyne LBW, and despite a brief rally by the hosts, Matthew Park brought into the attack bowled Blackpool Professional Naushad Shaikh while Chris Miller bowled Dylan Henshall with the home side toiling on 76-5.

The wickets continued to fall when Matthew Park saw off Matthew Grindley who was caught behind by Sam Fletcher before Chris Miller and Sam Fletcher claimed two consecutive run outs with Miller running out Alex Ryder while Fletcher ran out Blackpool Captain Paul Danson. Ben Howarth’s knock of 16 and Steven Mercers 13 pushed Blackpool onto 113, before Kuldeep Singh cleaned the innings up bowling both Mercer and Ben Howarth with Blackpool all out for 121 off 42.3 overs. In reply, Kendal made a slow start after Matthew Grindley bowled Chris Miller.

Paul Dodd’s and Rongsen Jonathan regained control of the innings as they pushed Kendal onto 99. And despite Dodd’s falling for 27 off the bowling of Dylan Henshall, it was Rongsen Jonathans undefeated 89 off 66 balls which guided Kendal to victory who closed on 124-2 off 24 overs.

Kendal host bottom of the table Vernon Carus on Saturday before playing Netherfield in the derby on Bank Holiday Monday at Parkside Road. In other news, Kendal will play Longridge in the 40 Over Cup final which will be played at Shap Road on Sunday 4 September. The Auld Greys advanced after wins over Garstang, Netherfield and Blackpool. Kendal’s Second team were also in action as they played Milnthorpe at Shap Road before rain washed out the game. The Seconds were bowled out for 124 off 43.2 overs with Tom Shuker top scoring with 28, while Milnthorpe were toiling on 16-2 off 8.5 overs where Shuker bowled Chris Baldwin and Simon Murphy before the rain washed out the game as both teams claim six points each.

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