20/20 cup heartache for Lancaster

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LANCASTER went out of the Readers Cup at the first hurdle away at Ernest Pass.

Stand-in captain Ben Simm’s decision to bat looked dubious as the visitors were reduced to 21-4, with in form pro Dwayne Hees removed cheaply for 10.

Batting stalwart David Heywood (43) steadied proceedings pushing the field back and milking the Barrow attack, while recently promoted 2nd team batsmen, Dinesh Ranga made a profitable 18.

After Ranga departed, Simm showed the top order how to bat with an aggressive 51 off 60 balls; the perfect foil to Heywood’s accumulation. This boosted Lancaster to a competitive 156 on an up and down pitch. Iain Kermode took 3-30 while Barrow pro Pieter Malan picked up 3-41.

156 looked an even bigger total when Barrow stumbled to 27-3, losing opener Heffernan and pro Malan to diving catches by Metcalfe off Tom Burrow.

Liam Moffat looked the most threatening of the bowlers getting extra bounce from the used pitch, claiming the only other 2-14 from his allotted 8 overs.

However, despite this promising start, a combination of loose back up bowling and aggressive Barrow batting from D’Leny (57) and Kermode (60*) saw the home side cruise to victory by 6 wickets.

See the Lancaster Guardian (23-06-11) for full story.