A great-all round performance from professional Colin Ackerman helped condemn Lancaster to defeat at Lune Road on Saturday.
Netherfield’s South African took four for 64 with the ball and made 30 with the bat as the Cumbrian outfit chased down 178 with eight overs to spare.
Batting first on a patchy pitch Lancaster openers Alex Metcalfe and Charlie Swarbrick made a sedate start laying the foundations for the latter to attack.
Swarbrick took 18 from Scott Clement’s final over including a straight six and put the home side in a commanding position.
The entrance of Ackerman dented the home side’s progress however Metcalfe was adjudged leg before wicket for 13, while Swarbrick departed soon after for a thrill-a-minute, yet unfulfilled 43.
Jamie Heywood and substitute professional Ian Prowse then steadied proceedings for the late order big hitters.
Prowse departed, bowled through the gate by Ryan Wilson and while Lee Sparks and Kieran Moffat couldn’t push the home side’s platform further, Iain Perrieman and some huge sixes from the heavy blade of Matt White inflated the home side’s total to a commendable but ultimately insufficient 178-8.
In reply, Greg Hall was bullied out by an Iain Perrieman short ball for a golden duck.
Fellow opener Ben Barrow then dug in with Ackerman, and once again dropped catches cost Lancaster dear as Barrow survived numerous chances.
When Ackerman fell to a Simm after a fine catch by Prowse at square leg, the visitors still had a fine platform.
Lancaster were offered a sniff of a chance when John Huck was trapped in front for a quick-fire 23 and Marc Brown suffered a similar fate to Perrieman.
Craig Walmsley with the ever-present Barrow helped shepherd Netherfield home however, eventually overhauling the total in the 43rd over,
Walmsley finished 39 not out and Barrow batted through for an impressive 69.
There was some cheer in the Lancaster camp at the weekend as the second XI pulled off a shock 15-point victory away at Netherfield.
A captain’s knock of 62 from Andrew Fletcher and 36 from Steven Armstrong took Lancaster to 122 all out before Ryan Carey’s 5-37 helped wrap up an impressive 27-run victory as Netherfield subsided to 95 all out.