Barry hits century for Lancaster but Kendal cruise to comfortable victory

Michael Barry.
Michael Barry.

In a weekend where Blackpool secured the 2014 title there was little to cheer for Lancaster following Michael Barry’s superb century.

Bolstered by a more secure batting performance the previous week, Lancaster went into the game with new found confidence after Kendal asked them to bat.

Barry exhibited his fine form from the off taking Lancaster to 20 for no loss in the sixth over before Danny Welbourne departed cheaply for three to become Stu Parkin’s first victim of the afternoon.

Jamie Heywood’s return was a welcome boost to the top order as both he and Barry sought to build a platform for a score beyond 200.

Barry looked as comfortable as he had done all season, happy to accumulate rather rely on sheer brute force.

At 68-1 it was the introduction of spin that brought the breakthrough as Chris Miller found Heywood’s edge to see the one-time Kendal man back to the pavilion for 12.

When Charlie Swarbrick followed soon after to Parkin, Lancaster’s innings was rapidly becoming a one man band with Barry reaching his 50 on the point of drinks.

The fresh face of Matt Crowther brought some exuberant strokes in his cameo 12 but there was little other impetus to push the scoring rate skyward.

Barry kept the innings afloat with Laurie Atkinson playing foil through overs 30 to 40, but the total had stalled by the time Atkinson was clean bowled by Adam Cowperthwaite for six.

Then came the collapse as Scott Sparks and Ben Simm fell to Jamie How and Cowperthwaite for two and nought respectively.

It was left to Barry to take Lancaster beyond 150 and himself to his maiden league ton without which the visitors may have had very little to bowl at.

Barry finally left the stage for 107 in an innings containing seven boundaries and taking 156 balls indicating the anchor role he played.

Wickets continued to tumble to the benefit of Cowperthwaite who finished with commendable figures of 4 for 46, as Lancaster were bowled out for 170 in the 50th over.

Liam Moffat drew first blood after tea in his personal chase for thirty league wickets, trapping Darren Braithwaite lbw in the third over for one. Carnage was to come.

Kendal pro Jamie How had clearly decided in his final game that it was a case of ‘everything must go’ and proceeded to tear into the Lancaster attack.

Matthew Liver was taken for six consecutive boundaries in an over as the Cumbrian Kiwi rode his luck.

Simm tried to bring some semblance of order introducing himself and Scott Sparks to take pace off the ball, but it had little effect with the hosts motoring to 100.

Former Carnforth man Darren Moore played a more than handy second fiddle as he and How made a mockery of the Lancaster total.

The game was up by the time How departed for a spellbinding 95 off 47 balls, with Simm taking the consolatory scalp.

With 20 required and over thirty overs remaining Terry Hunte made a quickfire 17 before Moore issued the coup de grace with a towering maximum to take Kendal home by eight wickets.