Lune Road was the scene of a stunning batting display from Lancaster openers Michael Barry and Jamie Heywood on Saturday as the hosts romped to a thumping 10-wicket win over Kendal.
The visitors made what would have been a commendable total of 176-9 with former Carnforth man Darren Moore carrying his bat for unbeaten 73.
Their progress was stunted by in-form off-spinner Iain Burstow who deceived another selection of Northern League batsmen with his clever changes of pace as the tall tweaker picked up his best figures to date of 5-45.
Nobody in the ground could possibly have predicted the events of the two hours following tea however.
In spite of Lancaster’s batting travails this year, stand-in skipper Heywood (86 not out) and Barry (84 not out) proved an impenetrable combination at the top of the order.
Kendal skipper Stu Parkin rung the changes in his bowling attack, however all were in vain as the Lancaster openers piled on a mammoth opening stand.
All this on a Lune Road pitch that was deemed unfit in not too distant memory showed both the application and skill of Heywood and Barry as well as the hard work of Lancaster’s ground staff in bringing the surface up to scratch in recent weeks.
Both chanceless innings overhauled the Kendal total in style.
Lancaster finished 176-0, taking a vital 12 points and winning by 10 wickets for only the second time in the club’s history.
Then with the hot weather showing no signs of abating, Netherfield journeyed to Lune Road for a Readers Cup fixture on Sunday to complete Lancaster’s triple-header that had started with the Twenty20 win over Morecambe on Friday night,
Once again, the pitch showed few demons and batting looked comfortable as Lancaster were asked to bat first in the 40-over clash.
Heywood departed early, but it was a case of rinse and repeat for Barry as he and Charlie Swarbrick made hay on the benign surface.
A diet of loose bowling fed the Lancaster score as the hosts passed the hundred mark.
With the outfield even quicker, both batsmen ran hard to bring up their fifties, with Barry nudging and nurdling the bowling while Swarbrick opted for a more gung-ho approach. They were equally effective as the score moved forward quickly and looked to be heading towards to 230 mark.
Both fell in quick succession however at the hands of left-arm spinner Bradley Earl, the pick of the Netherfield attack. From then on the innings stalled somewhat with the hosts thanking Iain Perrieman’s late maximum for taking them past 200.
It was not to be three from three for Lancaster, as Netherfield professional Saliya Saman, ably supported by the dogged Ben Barrow, kept Netherfield up with the run rate.
Depsite losing Barrow to Dylan Conroy’s first ball, Saman saw his side home with a magnificent 98 not out to send Lancaster out of another cup competition.