A STUNNING seven wicket win by Kendal at much fancied Lytham on Sunday has set up a derby day Lancashire Cup encounter with Netherfield.

The Auld Greys knew they faced a testing challenge when they travelled down to the Fylde coast for a clash with the Liverpool Competition side, but the fact that Lytham have made a stuttering start to the season and lie bottom of the table will have given them hope.

And they seized their chance with relish, easing to a comprehensive victory which means they will now make the short journey to Parkside Road to take on their local rivals with the game to be played a week on Sunday, June 2.

It was South African professional Wes Marshall who was the key performer as he followed up an economical 2-24 spell with the ball as Kendal bowl out Lytham for just 127 by blasting a sizzling 88 as his side scorched to victory with seven wickets to spare.

Kendal lost the toss and were made to field, but they dominated from the start after Matthew Park bowled Matthew Taaffe and Harry Lee picked up the wicket of Toby Lester.

Lytham struggled on but were reduced to 70 for 4 when Tom Aspinwall and Marshall picked up the respective wickets of Tom Jefferson and Ben Saunders who was caught by Joseph Dodds.

Kendal continued to rip through the hosts and skipper Chris Miller got in on the act by claiming the wicket of Ben Howarth who picked out Bariwala.

Ross Zelem produced a show of defiance for Lytham but when he was run out by Lee for 54, the visitors sensed blood and went in for the kill.

Saeed Bariwala was next to get in on the act, taking the wickets of Alex Mason, Ryan Norris and Antony Mulligan, Mason and Mulligan both being pouched by Miller while Norris was caught behind by Tom Benn.

And Marshall brought the curtain down on the home side’s innings when he bowled Jack Saunders with the scoreboard on 127.

When the Auld Greys began their reply, Marshall looked in the mood to make it an early finish as he launched into the Lytham attack, and though Bariwala was dismissed by Thomas Hessey, Kendal were on their way to victory.

Marshall roared to 88 off just 64 balls before being bowled by Ben Saunders but by that time, victory was almost assured.

Saunders trapped Ben Phillips lbw but it was little more than a consolation for Lytham as Tom Benn’s boundary clinched victory shortly afterwards to set up that cross-Kendal showdown against Ben Barrow’s Netherfield side.

lKendal Seconds crashed to defeat on Saturday, going down by 103 runs at Fulwood & Broughton in a Palace Shield Division 1B mid-table clash.

Fulwood posted 217-8 off 45 overs, Christopher Hill top scoring with 57, while Ewan Mansford and Matthew Rosbottom scored 43 runs apiece.

Andrew Dugdale and Alec Carradus both picked up three wickets with Marcus Hill claiming two victims.

The Shap Road side struggled in reply after James Lupton returned figures of 3-24, and while Marcus Hill made a defiant 28, the Auld Greys’ second string fell well short of their target as they finished on 114 for 9.

Kendal Seconds travel to play Morecambe Seconds on Saturday.