A TERIFFIC bowling performance from Liam Moffat wasn’t enough to drag Lancaster over the line against league leaders St Annes.
Chasing a seemingly paltry 91, the home side’s batting crumbled partly due to St Annes sub pro Qaiser Abbas, who finished with exceptional figures of 7-31, but in the main down to some poor shot selection.
Earlier in the day, the bowling and fielding efforts of Lancaster were much improved on recent efforts as Ben Simm varied his pace to good effect to take 3-41, including a trademark sharp catch at short-leg by Lee Sparks to remove Abbas.
The day with the ball, however, belonged to Liam Moffat who found pace and carry from a slow pitch. The left-arm seamer hasn’t had the best of form this season but once again this was a show of how class is permenant. He used both in and outswing to claim his five scalps at the cost of 38 runs, including pinning the dangerous Atiq Uz-Zaman in front.
A fighting partnership of 31 between the experienced pair of Neil Bradley and visitors’ skipper Andy Kellett lifted the total before Michael Stevens removed them both.
At 17-0 in reply, Lancaster looked to have made a positive start but at 49-7 this was a distant memory.
It was a day for the Moffats, as Liam’s brother Kieran was the only batsman to offer up any real resistance to the spin of Abbas. His return to Lune Road has been fruitful and he stepped up to the challenge of first team cricket with an unbeaten 28.
At one point it looked as though victory may be clasped from the jaws of defeat as Brendan Hetherington launched Atiq’s part-time off spin into the houses and Damian Gudgeon offered stodgy aid to Moffat’s rearguard.
However Matthew Grindley’s right arm deliveries put pay to any comeback as he finished off the Lancaster tail.
St Annes 91
Furness Northern Premier League division one