League new boys dish out hammering as Lancaster crash at Penrith

Lancaster's stand in captain Liam Moffat.
Lancaster's stand in captain Liam Moffat.

Pastures new were not kind to Lancaster as Penrith notched up a nine-wicket win in a one-sided affair on Saturday.

Stand-in captain Liam Moffat lost the toss and the visitors invited to bat with the Tynefield Park ground sporting an almost comically short boundary on one side.

Penrith’s professional Paul Hindmarch took the surroundings out of the equation however, as he removed Jamie Heywood leg before and bowled Charlie Swarbrick off the underside of his thigh pad in the opening over.

Once again it was left to professional Michael Barry to dig the batting order out of a hole, and, after Danny Welbourne’s brief innings, he found support in the shape of newly promoted number five Iain Perrieman.

Once Perrieman departed for 14, Barry swiftly followed bowled playing across the line to Greg Hall to leave the Lancaster innings rudderless at 80-5.

Alex Metcalfe and Dylan Conroy looked to rebuild before both fell caught behind to the probing Hindmarch. Matthew Liver and Dakshina de Silva threw the bat to take the total past 100 to 120 all out, but it was a consolatory gesture on a pitch where par was around 220.

The visitors did little to recover their batting blushes in the field as Ryan Carruthers and Karanjit Bansal tucked in to some loose bowling.

Moffat mixed up his attack to no avail as Carruthers raced to fifty, targeting the short boundary. Liver picked up Bansal but it did little to delay the inevitable as Penrith stormed home in just 16.2 overs, finishing on 124-1.