Khan steers Lancaster to victory at Netherfield

Lancaster celebrate the dismissal of Colin Ackermann at Netherfield. Picture: Richard Edmondson
Lancaster celebrate the dismissal of Colin Ackermann at Netherfield. Picture: Richard Edmondson

Lancaster put their batting woes firmly behind them with a consummate top order display at Parkside Road against Netherfield.

Once again, a half century from Jannisar Khan steered the visitors to victory after Ben Simm’s five-wicket haul had restricted Netherfield to 199.

Netherfield opener Marc Brown fell first to Scott Sparks after slapping a friendly full toss straight to Charlie Swarbrick at mid-wicket before Colin Ackermann inside edged a sharp turning delivery from Simm to short-leg.

The big hitting John Huck fell to Scott Sparks to leave Netherfield on 114-3 and it got worse for the hosts when Ben Barrow was dismissed after reaching a well-made 50.

Simm then struck again to remove both Chris Parry and Greg Hall via top edges.

Craig Walmsley threatened to push Netherfield past the 200 mark until Simm’s in-ducking quicker ball saw the back of the big left-hander.

Lancaster were gifted two late run outs after Chambers and Hadwin underestimated Liam Moffat’s injured arm.

In reply, veteran leg-spinner Marc Hadwin brought the hosts their first scalp as Lancaster’s Charlie Swarbrick ran past a dipping delivery on 35.

Jannisar Khan and Jamie Heywood then built a partnership that ensured the scoreboard kept moving until Ackermann kept the game alive when he removed Heywood, gloving a lifting delivery to short leg for 45.

Danny Welbourne entered at four and played a vital innings with Jannisar, falling one short of a deserved half century.

Jannisar brought up his second 50 in as many weeks before Lee Sparks killed off the game by putting Brown over the pavilion.

Lancaster knocked off the runs with 16 balls to spare and only three wickets down to earn them 12 points.