Potter stuns Lancaster to hand Netherfield Twenty20 hat-trick

Lancaster's Rameez Raja.
Lancaster's Rameez Raja.

An excellent attacking fifty from Netherfield’s Rik Potter sunk Lancaster’s hopes of Twenty20 silverware at Lune Road on Sunday.

After the previous week’s abandonment the two teams returned but the game did not prove to be a competitive affair.

The Lunesiders opened up well with Rameez Raja and Lee Sparks as 17 came from the opening over but once Sparks departed caught behind to Dieter Klein runs became tougher to come by.

Raja kept up the pressure but couldn’t build on his start holing out off Nathan Chambers for 21.

Jamie Heywood held the Lunesiders innings together with a 52-ball 45 but wickets fell at the other end.

Charlie Swarbrick and Kieran Moffat made handy cameos with Heywood but both were guilty of handing Bradley Earl two soft wickets.

Sam Moorby played foil to a tiring Heywood with a quickfire 18 but he too suffered a similar fate to his teammates.

Ben Simm and Heywood pushed the total to 135 with Heywood bowled by Chambers off the final ball.

Lancaster needed to bowl tightly but despite only one run coming from Liam Moffat’s opening over, Potter took 17 from Dan Chambers in the second. Moffat removed Earl the following over but Potter was merciless at the other end, moving his side along at 10-an-over with the help of Klein.

By the time Klein was run out by a Raja throw from the deep the game had gone for the Lunesiders.

Potter brought up his 50 as Netherfield eased past the 100 mark. John Huck at four put the final nail in the Lunesiders’ coffin with a 15-ball 23 before he was stumped off Simm.

Netherfield skipper Marc Brown had the honour of striking Moffat over mid-off for the winning runs as the visitors won their third consecutive finals day with more than five overs to spare.