A PATCHY performance resulted in a losing draw as Lancaster came up 12 runs short.
Ben Simm won the toss and bowled after the home side’s excellent performance on the same Lune Road pitch the week before.
After a tight start, Netherfield openers Brown and Williams gradually opened up, the latter after finding the going tougher earlier on, finally getting off the mark after edging through slip off Moffat.
After 12 overs of tight bowling Lancaster were guilty of slackening in intensity and of letting the game drift in the field.
Both openers took advantage and continued to accumulate, growing in confidence on the slow, used pitch.
The introduction of Maruma to replace Moffat did little to stem the run flow as the visitors reached a commanding 101 without loss at drinks.
Staring at a 200+ score, the hosts dragged the game back after drinks.
Timycen’s flight, some tighter fielding and young Matthew Liver (1-24), showed good control on a difficult pitch for the seamers.
The first wicket went down as Brown sliced to Scott Sparks at point off Maruma for 44, with Williams falling soon after to the tenacious Liver after he reached his 50.
The humid conditions meant thundery weather was never too far away, and so black clouds meant rain interruptions and a game reduced to 45 overs.
The Netherfield innings did stall slightly after the rain break, as Maruma and Simm re-entered the attack to finish things off, Pienaar making 36no for the visitors as they ended on perhaps a disappointing, but still solid score of 166-4.
With the pitch slowing up and crumbling by the over another solid start was in order, Jamie Heywood and Alex Metcalfe continued where they left off from Blackpool last week making a solid start in pursuit of the total.
Heywood tucked into Brown while Metcalfe drove Nixon straight. Hadwin and Pienaar, off a short run, took pace off the ball on the wearing surface and runs became harder to come by as Heywood slapped a ball straight back to Pienaar to go for 26 and Metcalfe fell in similar fashion to Pienaar.
Timycen entered and continued his imperious run of form picking the gaps, starting slowly through accumulation.
However, he was not supported at the other end as numbers four, five, six and seven could only muster seven runs between them.
With thunder rumbling in the background, James Davies made a cameo 11 as Lancaster crept towards another batting point.
Maruma had grander ideas however, as he unleashed a thunderous assault at the 37 required off two overs.
With Simm at the other end, both gave Netherfield a fright but with the asking rate so high the total was always out of reach.
The pro finished with another excellent unbeaten knock of 73 in a losing cause.
Marc Hadwin, Chris Williams and Cobus Pienaar shared the wickets for the visitors.
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Netherfield 2nd 144ao
Lancaster 2nd 191-6
Northern Premier League Division Two
LANCASTER pulled off a shock victory against title chasers Netherfield at Parkside Road.
Skipper Danny Welbourne lost the toss and a youthful Lancaster were inserted on a damp Netherfield wicket.
Welbourne opened up with young Tom Williamson and both made a solid opening stand of 30 against a swinging new ball partnership of Beck and Clinton.
After losing Williamson and the returning Billy Swarbrick, Welbourne was the mainstay of the innings, batting for 40 overs and making an aggressive 97 off 129 balls with 16 fours and one six.
He fell just short of a ton, top edging to Brendon Herron in the covers.
He was ably supported by cameos from the experienced Michael Armstrong and Will Mossop’s 20.
Nathan Baxter and Phil Sparrow took the total to an above par 191. Marcus Hill taking 3-52 for the hosts.
Rain at tea meant Netherfield had only 42 overs to chase the total down – a tall order.
That total looked even further away when the hosts fell to 10-2 and then to 50-5.
Steven Armstrong and Sparrow got the early breakthroughs while another comeback from Tom Burrow and the left arm spin of Tom Williamson ensured Netherfield were always facing an uphill struggle.
Steven Wilson and Stephen Beck offered up stern resistance to Lancaster but Williamson wheeled away removing Beck and then skipper Clinton, finishing with 3-36 from 11 overs at the Parkside Road end.
Young Callum East also impressed with 2-24, getting the prize wicket of Wilson for 49 caught behind by Billy Swarbrick, who himself finished with five catches behind.
Steven Armstrong wrapped up the tail, giving Lancaster a much needed boost in their quest to leave the foot of Division Two.