Fourths east past Kendal
Fourths defeat Kendal
Having been marmalised by Kendal in the opening match of the season, we were happy to square the series on the top pitch on Saturday. With the visitors taking first knock, Ben Stafford and Harry Smith opened with the ball. Ben struck first when Ollie Yarker skied an off-drive, and Reece Irving, despite looking directly into the sun, took a great catch. There followed a useful stand between Steve Watson and Megan Berry, until Harry bowled Steve, and, a couple of overs later, had Luke Atkinson caught behind - a smart catch by Aaron Stephens.
Enter skipper Paul Fearnyough, looking in-form, and settling in nicely. Meanwhile, Megan was accumulating at the other end, playing very fluently. Dan Curwen came into the attack, turning his off-breaks, which invited Paul to essay a few sweep shots. Seeing this, vice-skipper Sarah Earl, acting off her own bat, moved Harry from the mid-wicket boundary to backward square, and, sure enough, Paul swept again, and picked out the fielder. An inspired move by Sarah, and a well taken catch by Harry.
Vaughan Samson and Callum Morgan then took over the ball. Megan hit a powerful cover drive off Callum, but didn't quite keep it down and was brilliantly caught by our new South African 4th team overseas pro, 16 yr old Nathan Muir, a catch reminiscent of his countryman, the great Colin Bland.
The ball was then thrown to Reece, who grabbed a couple of wickets, and with Kendal short of a couple of players, their innings closed on 67.
In reply, Nathan Muir opened with Sarah, and with him hitting powerfully to leg, and Sarah driving beautifully off front and back foot, they soon raced to the target. Nathan finished on 27no, and Sarah on 38no, which meant that, with Megan's 24 for Kendal, the girls top-scored in both innings !!