Brilliant Burstow’s efforts not enough for Lancaster against Fleetwood

Iain Burstow.
Iain Burstow.

The return of Iain Burstow wasn’t enough for Lancaster despite the off-spinner’s excellent six-wicket haul against Fleetwood.

Truth be told, the damage was done in the first innings as Lancaster conceded 20 to 30 runs too many after Ben Simm inserted Fleetwood on a sporting Lune Road surface.

The visitors posted 171 all out despite Burstow’s 6-34 with Lancaster’s batting again coming up short as they were bowled out 52 runs short in less than 33 overs.

Iain Perrieman gave the hosts early hope, removing the in-form Naveed Yousaf for nought before Fleetwood consolidated through Adam Sharrocks and the dangerous Adam Parker.

Liam Moffat saw off Sharrocks for 14 after a sharp take by Jamie Heywood at slip, but the jubilation proved short lived when professional Juan De Villiers and Parker took the game to the Lune Road men.

The Fleetwood duo kept the scoreboard rolling toward three figures with Simm eventually finding joy in the shape of Burstow after a long partnership.

Burstow first removed Parker after a sharp piece of work from Billy Swarbrick, Lancaster’s fourth wicket keeper this year, for 55 before knocking over De Villiers for 58.

Matthew Liver (2-35) provided able support to Burstow picking up Clark and Stanhope in the middle order before Burstow skittled through Fleetwood’s bottom four.

With a total of 172 to overhaul, it required someone anchor the Lancaster innings with a large score, unfortunately it was a death by a thousand cameos that saw defeat creep upon the hosts.

After losing Heywood for 8, Michael Barry and Charlie Swarbrick looked to have steadied the chase at 40-1 before De Villiers won the battle of the pros with the vital wicket of Barry for 20.

Iain Perrieman came and went at 4 before Charlie Swarbrick failed to build on his 20 and became the fourth man to go.

The returning experience of Danny Welbourne did bolster the middle order but it was a case of insubstantial starts rather than lengthy match-winning innings from the Lune Road men.

Dylan Conroy got to double figures before a mix-up saw him run out and things got worse for Lancaster when Welbourne became Adam Parker’s fourth victim of the afternoon.

Billy Swarbrick offered game resistance but found himself running out of partners as Lancaster’s lower order folded meekly to the occasional off-spin of Mike Clinning.

Lancaster fell well short as they were bowled out for 119 to record their second disappointing defeat on the bounce.

It was a completely different picture for the Second XI however, as they picked up their second successive victory in the return fixture at Broadwater.

Three wickets apiece from skipper Scott Sparks and young Freddie Markland restricted Fleetwood to 159-9 from their 45 overs before James Davies got to work on the hosts attack.

Well supported by 30 from Laurie Atkinson, Davies guided Lancaster home with a superb 104 not out to put Lancaster firmly in the middle of division two.