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Match Day 25th July 2010



By Michael Latham

Netherfield are Twenty20 Cup Kings

Hadwin's side lift Latham Baxendale Cup

Chambers mops up Man of the Match award

Netherfield CC, Latham Baxendale Twenty20 Cup winners 2010

Netherfield captain Marc Hadwin lifted the Latham Baxendale Twenty20 Cup at West Cliff after his side completed a tense six wickets win over Blackpool in the final to complete a highly successful day of the best in Northern League cricket.

Paul Danson's Blackpool side fought tigerishly in the field to protect their modest total of 98 for 8 on a damp and slow-paced pitch but teenagers John Huck and Ben Barrow kept their nerve to steer their side over the finishing line with four balls in hand.

Nathan Chambers was Netherfield's hero with the ball, taking sensational figures of four for 8 in his four overs to put the skids under Blackpool.

The young seam bowler was a clear choice of Man of the Match after claiming the wickets of Craig Outram and Blackpool professional Nimesh Perera in his opening spell before returning to add the scalps of Alex Smith and Danson.
Smith battled well to make 36 off 37 balls with opener John Mounsey grafting his way to 27 off 40 balls in difficult conditions.

Netherfield's out-cricket was excellent with professional Nick Kruger pulling off a sensational catch in the deep to claim Danson's wicket and Barrow equalling that effort with a fine boundary catch to dismiss Steven Mercer.
Kruger, Matthew Clinton, Rishi Girdhari and Hadwin all claimed one wicket apiece to compliment Chambers' heroics with the ball.

Netherfield looked to be coasting as Kruger and Shane Dixon posted an opening stand of 57 under glowering skies.
But Alex Smith completed a fine all round performance by accounting for Dixon, bowled for 15 and Kruger, sensationally stumped by Rob Sissons for 33 on his way to two for 15 off his four overs.

Ben Haddrick was bowled by Mike Tidmas for 5 and Chris Parry caught by Mercer off Andy Hogarth for 5 as Blackpool tightened the screw.
But Huck kept his nerve to hit an unbeaten 22 off 17 balls and Barrow finished unbeaten on four as Netherfield won in the last over as light drizzle fell.
Richard Gleeson bowled his four overs for seven runs, including that Twenty20 rarity of a maiden over, with Tidmas taking one for 18.

Latham Baxendale Twenty20 Cup runners-up Blackpool

League President Brian Standing made the presentation of the winners and runners-up medals to the players before handing over the Latham Baxendale Twenty20 Cup to skipper Hadwin.

League President Brian Standing presents Netherfield captain Marc Hadwin with the cup

On behalf of the sponsors John Avison made the Man of the Match award presentation to Chambers in the gloaming at a quarter to eight.

On behalf of the sponsors John Avison presents Nathan Chambers with the Man of the Match award

Preston CC chairman Younis Patel and his committee worked tirelessly to defy the wretched wet conditions of the previous week and put on a terrific match-day presentation with the food of top quality.
The Preston groundstaff were working from early morning to get the ground ready after overnight rain and enable the event to start at 11am as planned.

And the competing clubs and their supporters contributed to a terrific day's entertainment with DJ Mike Dugdale (Kendal CC) doing a sterling job with the music.

Most of the Northern League clubs were represented and a crowd of several hundred enjoyed a fine day's entertainment with the weather gods mercifully sparing us of the rain that the dark skies threatened.

Holders Preston were pre-Finals Day favourites but they were inserted by Blackpool skipper Danson after he won the toss and they struggled to 93 for 7 in the first semi-final.

Jonty McDonald top-scored with 19 not out as Blackpool imposed a stranglehold, pro Perera taking two for 9 from his four overs and Gleeson two for 18. Wicketkeeper Sissons was involved in two run outs and a fine stumping to dismiss Andy Roberts. Smith took one for 14 from his four overs, claiming the vital wicket of Preston captain and pro Bilal Asad for 15.

Lukman Vahaluwala was unable to bat having split his webbing in the game against Morecambe on Saturday but he contributed fully with the ball, taking three for nine from his four overs.
But Andy Furniss batted splendidly for Blackpool and saw them home by four wickets with a fine undefeated 50 off 53 balls, sharing a third wicket stand of 68 with Perera after Blackpool were rocking at 7 for 2.

In the second semi-final Lancaster reached 104 for 7 with skipper Michael Stevens making 31 off 44 balls and Andrew Fletcher 30 off 27 balls. Barrow claimed two run out assists and a catch with Matthew Clinton taking three for 24, Chambers one for 17 and Kruger one for 23.

Kruger then hit a controlled unbeaten 40 off 36 balls to see his side home by eight wickets with 6.3 overs to spare, sharing a second wicket stand of 62 with Haddrick who made 33 off 27 balls.


Latham Baxendale Twenty/20 Final

Blackpool v Netherfield

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Latham Baxendale Twenty20 Cup Finals Day
Preston CC

First Semi-Final:


Blackpool won by 4 wickets

Preston 93 for 7 (20) Blackpool 94 for 6 (19.2) (A Furniss 50no, N Perera 30, L Vahaluwala 3 for 9)

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Second Semi-Final:


Netherfield won by 8 wickets

Lancaster 104 for 7 (20) (M Stevens 31, A Fletcher 30, M Clinton 3 for 24) Netherfield 105 for 2 (13.3) (N Kruger 40no, B Haddrick 33)

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Netherfield won by 6 wickets

Blackpool 98 for 8 (20) (A Smith 36, N Chambers 4 for 8) Netherfield 101 for 4 (19.2) (N Kruger 33)

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Man of the Match:
Nathan Chambers

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