Lancaster’s historic season ends with defeat

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In a disappointing end to a terrific season, Lancaster went down to a four-wicket defeat in their final 2013 encounter against St Annes.

The game felt like an end of season encounter, lacking the same competitive edge that has been the hallmark of Lancaster’s cricket.

Danny Welbourne and Alex Metcalfe made an enterprising start after being put in to bat before Matthew Grindley removed the latter.

Welbourne then fell to St Annes professional Toby Bulcock as the weather made its presence felt throughout the day.

Charlie Swarbrick’s entrance was brief and after another rain delay Lancaster had moved to 55 for 3 before the collapse came.

Jannisar was found short of his crease attempting a quick single before Heywood tried one big shot too many to give Grindley his third, while Kieran Moffat departed in almost identical fashion soon after.

Only Iain Burstow held firm as Lancaster’s lower order joined the collapse, Lancaster limping to 76 all out, Grindley taking five wickets and Bulcock four.

In reply, Lukman Vahaluwala and Bulcock played some bold strokes before the rain returned, seemingly ending the game with St Annes 31 for 1.

However, the rain relented and a deal was struck with St Annes requiring the remaining 45 runs from 10.3 overs.

Vahaluwala fell bowled Jannisar for 21 before Nathan Bolus became Simm’s second scalp.

All three results were possible as Nathan Armstrong made 12 before giving Simm his third, caught smartly by Liver.

With 17 needed from three overs, Sajid Nalbandh struck the crucial blow, planting Jannisar over the banking to put St Annes back in the box seat.

Simm bowled an excellent over meaning five were needed from their final over.

Nalbandh departed run out but Callum Jones planted the ball over mid-on to bring the scores level, and despite being trapped leg before next ball, Matthew Taaffe gave the visitors the win with two balls to spare.