CRICKETERS returned to the field this weekend after a three-month delay as Netherfield took on Westgate.

The teams enjoyed a friendly inter-club game as a warm up for the eventual return of the season.

Players were keener than ever to get back to work after the go ahead was given for matches to continue.

Whilst games in the Northern League season may have been cancelled, Netherfield, and Kendal, will now play in a cup group which also consists of Lancaster and Morecambe.

All teams adapted to the new covid-secure rules, where regular hygiene breaks will be taken after every 6 overs.

Furthermore, changing rooms can only be used on a limited basis.

Players had to change into their cricket gear at home and be ready to play. Food would not be provided during match days.

Spectators had to remain socially distant, as well as ensuring they never actually touched the cricket ball even if it landed nearby.

Netherfield faced a difficult round of games, as they travelled to Lancaster.

Facing Westgate CC, Netherfield brought their all in the first game back.

Starting at 1pm, the match was also enjoyed by a supportive crowd.

First Team Captain Ben Barrow fielded a select eleven which defeated second team captain Scott Clements team by just five wickets in the end.

Both Teams fielded youthful squads with even some new players making their debuts.

The day also gave the chance for the clubs’ junior players to have a run out.

A battled ensued, Scott Clements’ team posted a competitive score of 162-6 off 40 overs.

The day saw Dave Darley retiring on 54 while James Bowman contributed with 21.

Bertie Medhurst and Josh Irving both picked up 2 wickets apiece for Ben Barrows team, while Robbie Dwyer also picked up a wicket.

In reply Brad Earls knock of 41 saw Ben Barrows team to victory.

Young Oli Wileman contributed with 23 as Barrows Team closed on 167-5 off 37 overs.

The match ended with Netherfield holding a final score of 126/4, whilst Westgate ended on 123 with all out by 35.1.