REPORT OF THE
FURNESS BUILDING SOCIETY CUP FINAL
Netherfield brought the curtain down on the 2009 season by lifting the Furness Building Society Cup at a sunlit Parkside Road ground.
Chris Parry's side defeated local rivals Kendal by four wickets in a tense, low-scoring final despite a superb all-round performance from Man of the Match Kevin Howarth.
Howarth hit 64 out of Kendal's total of 103 and was the only member of his side to reach double figures on a slow-paced pitch.
He followed that up with a bowling spell of four for 23 that helped reduce Netherfield to 80 for 6 before Ben Haddrick and Scott Clement combined to deny Kendal's hopes.
Netherfield captain Chris Parry received the cup from Northern League committee member Roy Booth on the steps of the pavilion.
After two previous attempts to stage the final the third attempt was blessed by beautiful sunny weather on a perfect day for cricket and helped attract a good-sized crowd for the climax to the season.
Kendal captain Ross McMillan elected to bat after winning the toss but openers Howarth and Gareth Ashburner struggled to pierce the field in the opening stages. Netherfield sub-pro Jake Brown, recommended to the club by former pro and current Australia ODI star Callum Ferguson, proved an effective stand-in.
Bowling a lively left arm style the South Australian, the pro for Ribblesdale Wanderers, combined with Stuart Nixon to frustrate Kendal's attempts to take advantage of the fielding restrictions in the first 15 overs. Ashburner eventually fell to a well judged catch by Haddrick after off-spinner Chris Miller was introduced into the attack after an opening stand of 32 in 16 overs.
Kendal's main batting hopes Terry Hunte and McMillan then departed in quick succession.
Hunte was run out in bizarre circumstances by a superb throw by Ben Barrow. After a Scott Clement no-ball Hunte thrashed the following delivery, a free hit, down Barrow's throat at deep mid-wicket and was left stranded by a fine piece of fielding after a misunderstanding with Howarth. McMillan was caught by Parry at mid wicket off Clement for a duck to leave Kendal struggling at 45 for 3 at the midway point.
Though Howarth battled on, eventually reaching his 50 off 95 balls, he received precious little support., eventually falling victim to a sharp stumping by John Huck off Marc Hadwin for 64 to leave Kendal 97 for 6. Paul Dodds was trapped leg before by Clement for 9 and Dominic Du Plessis became Barrow's second run out victim.
Brown then came back into the attack to demolish the tail, accounting for Jack White and Ben Simm in successive balls and wrapping up the innings by bowling Stu Parkin after Nick Lewthwaite was stumped by Huck off Hadwin.
Brown finished with 3 for 15 with Hadwin (2 for 12), Clement (2 for 38) and Miller (1 for 14) combining with Nixon (none for 21 off 8 overs) in a fine bowling effort. Kendal were dismissed for 103 in 37.1 overs.
Despite losing Craig Walmsley early, caught by McMillan off Parkin's first delivery for 5, Netherfield looked in total control as Alex Atkinson and Brown combined in a second wicket stand of 60.
Atkinson batted confidently and hit two sixes and two fours in his 27 before he was caught by Hunte off Ben Simm. When Brown fell two runs later, caught by White off Howarth for 19 Netherfield began to wobble.
Huck was superbly caught behind by Du Plessis off Howarth and Parry trapped leg before. Howarth claimed his fourth victim when Barrow became Du Plessis's second victim. Five wickets had fallen for just 15 runs and Netherfield, at 80 for 6, still had work to do.
But Haddrick and Clement calmed their anxieties and took their side over the finishing line. Haddrick hit four fours in an unbeaten 19 and Clement had the honour of making the winning run in the 31st over. Kendal conceded 13 wides and that statistic, combined with their failure to use up their overs, cost them dear with runs at such a premium.
FIRST DIVISION CUP RESULTS:
CHORLEY v BARROW
Chorley won by 3 wickets
Barrow 148 for 9 (C D'Leny 73no), Chorley 149 for 7 (A Peacock 76)
DARWEN v CARNFORTH
Darwen won by 9 wickets
Carnforth 66 (D Wiese 4 for 13), Darwen 71 for 1M
KENDAL v PRESTON
Kendal won by one wicket
Preston 140 (B Simm 4 for 32), Kendal 142 for 9 (A Parker 4 for 18)
LEYLAND v MORECAMBE
Morecambe won by one wicket
Leyland 204 for 6 (H Thompson 72), Morecambe 205 for 9 (M Mashimbyi 79)
ST ANNES v LANCASTER
St Annes won by 8 wickets
Lancaster 155 for 8 (M Stevens 55, D Bartholomew 6 for 33), St Annes 159 for 2 (Atiq Uz-Zaman 90no)
Byes: Fleetwood, Netherfield, Blackpool
BLACKPOOL v FLEETWOOD
Blackpool won by 4 wickets
Fleetwood 139 for 9 (H van der Dussen 59), Blackpool 141 for 6 (38.3 overs) (A Furniss 54)
MORECAMBE v KENDAL
Kendal won by 35 runs
Kendal 130 (R McMillan 51), Morecambe 95 (B Simm 4 for 13)
NETHERFIELD v CHORLEY
Netherfield won by 32 runs
Netherfield 202 for 9 (J Huck 57, A Atkinson 54), Chorley 170 (A Holdsworth 52, G Batticciotto 4 for 31)
ST ANNES v DARWEN
Darwen won by 44 runs
Darwen 264 for 7 (D Wiese 129, C Lowe 79), St Annes 220 for 6
DARWEN v NETHERFIELD
Netherfield won by two wickets
Darwen 176 for 8, Netherfield 180 for 8 (J Huck 79no, C Clarke 5 for 30)
BLACKPOOL v KENDAL
Kendal won by 50 runs
Kendal 180 for 2 (T Hunte 80 not out, R McMillan 52 not out), Blackpool 130 for 9
NETHERFIELD v KENDAL
Netherfield won by 4 wickets
Kendal 103 (K Howarth 64), Netherfield 104 for 6 (K Howarth 4 for 23)
Umpires: John Butler and Frank Ingham
Leyland just beat the weather and their local rivals to lift the Furness Building Society Second Division Cup. Chris Dovey's side defeated Chorley at Fox Lane on run rate in the final after the weather intervened.
After posting an imposing 208 for 6 in their 40 overs Leyland had one eye on the threatening rain clouds as Chorley began their reply. With a minimum of ten overs needed to be bowled to constitute a result Leyland succeeded not only in keeping Chorley below the required run rate but also capturing four wickets.
Chorley were 40 for 4 after 13 overs when rain stopped play at 4.42pm and with no let-up in the conditions play was abandoned at 5.30pm. League Chairman Norman Poole presented Leyland captain Dovey with the cup and Chorley skipper John Hotham with the runners-up cup on the steps of the Fox Lane pavilion.
It was to the huge credit of the Leyland groundstaff and players that play was able to commence on time after extensive mopping up operations following a week of heavy rain. A good-sized crowd had gathered as play began in weak sunshine but with rain forecast to move in from the west around four o'clock.
After being invited to bat Leyland made a brisk start as openers Wes Royle and Martin Brown took advantage of the fielding restrictions in the first 15 overs. Brown hit five fours in his 28 before being caught off Matthew Critchley while Royle hit three fours and a six before he was second man out caught off Louis Sweeney for 37 with Leyland 80 for 2 in the 15th over.
Ian Farrington and Andrew Makinson, who both hit unbeaten half centuries in the league game at Carnforth on Saturday, continued their good form to consolidate the good start. The pair added 90 for the third wicket in 19 overs with some selective hitting and fine running between the wickets.
Though Makinson fell to a fine stumping by Rowan Mitcham off Kieran McCullagh for 37 (including four fours and one six), Farrington continued to provide the backbone of the Leyland innings.
Farrington had reached a fine 70 and seen his side past the 200-mark when he was caught off Richard Flood in the last over, having hit four fours and two sixes. McCullagh and Flood each took two wickets for Chorley.
Chorley's reply began disastrously when McCullagh was caught at mid off off Stephen Cartwright in the second over. Mitcham was trapped leg before by Steven Pallett and skipper Hotham superbly caught behind by Stuart Parker off Pallett.
Monty Cottam bowled Ian Mawdesley immediately after entering the attack and Chorley were struggling to make much headway when the rains came. David Catterall was unbeaten on 16 having hit the only three boundaries of the Chorley innings.
BARROW v CHORLEY
Chorley won by 4 wickets
Barrow 141 for 8 (G Kermode 59), Chorley 143 for 6 (J Hotham 60no)
CARNFORTH v DARWEN
Darwen won by 6 wickets (result reversed on appeal as Darwen fielded an ineligible player)
Carnforth 110 (G Lawrenson 4 for 34), Darwen 116 for 4
LANCASTER v ST ANNES
Lancaster won by 33 runs
Lancaster 143 (G Whitehead 5 for 32), St Annes 110 (P Sparrow 4 for 25)
MORECAMBE v LEYLAND
Leyland won by 70 runs
Leyland 215 for 8 (N McDonnell 55, N Milner 4 for 10), Morecambe 145 for 9 (S Pallett 4 for 24)
PRESTON v KENDAL
Preston won by 9 wickets
Kendal 64, Preston 65 for 1
CARNFORTH v LANCASTER
Lancaster won by 112 runs
Lancaster 228 for 5 (K Pillai 77, D Welbourne 65), Carnforth 116 (C Atkinson 4 for 27)
CHORLEY v NETHERFIELD
Chorley won by 6 wickets
Netherfield 135, Chorley 139 for 4
FLEETWOOD v BLACKPOOL
Fleetwood won by 59 runs
Fleetwood 186 for 8, Blackpool 127
PRESTON v LEYLAND
Leyland won by 102 runs
Leyland 181 for 9, Preston 79 (M Cottam 5 for 5)
CHORLEY v LANCASTER
Chorley won by 72 runs
Chorley 162 (R Beale 4 for 15), Lancaster 90 (K McCullagh 4 for 16)
LEYLAND v FLEETWOOD
Leyland won by 3 wickets
Fleetwood 143, Leyland 147 for 7
LEYLAND v CHORLEY
Leyland won on run-rate
Leyland 208 for 6 (40 overs) (I Farrington 70), Chorley 40 for 4 (13 overs)
Umpires: Kevin Hart and Jim Briscoe