Lancaster batsmen hang on to avoid defeat

LANCASTER looked to rectify their shock loss of the previous day to Chorley and rediscover their form away at Fleetwood.

Ben Simm once again bowled 25 overs from one end and had a game to remember as he took 6-86 including his second Northern League hat-trick and his first for Lancaster in the final over of the innings.

He was ably supported by young Charlie Swarbrick who bowled economically early in the innings and Alex Metcalfe who found a better rhythm in his 1-26 from nine overs.

Fleetwood’s innings was bolstered by an impressive 66 by Adam Parker who put most loose bowling away on a turning pitch. There were also cameos from Tom Wilson and pro Ryan Smith.

Lancaster’s chase started well with the openers and top order showing resilience against aggressive bowling from Fleetwood pro Smith.

Charlie Swarbrick fought hard but fell playing across the line for 17 and Stevens fell for a rare low score.

Once again pro Dwayne Hees made a score in the 30s but he too fell to an expansive drive and a sharp catch at slip.

Wickets then fell at regular intervals partly down to the bowling of Smith, who, despite at times bowling excessively short, built pressure on the inexperienced Lancaster middle order.

Old head David Heywood used all his skill to withstand the barrage keeping the visitors in the game, while at the other end Lee Sparks and Ben Simm made quick runs sacrificing their wickets in the process.

As the total slowly crept out of reach, it was left to Damian Gudgeon and Liam Moffat to survive and tick the total over to 160, achieving an extra batting point.