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Hunte celebrates epic 20,000 runs

There was another afternoon of drama in The Northern Cricket League as Kendal's Terry Hunte scored his 20,000th league run in the defeat to Netherfield, whilst league leaders Barrow went 12 points clear at the top following their win at St Annes.

It was a special moment at Shap Road for Kendal's Terry Hunte who has now scored more than 20,000 Northern League Runs during 20 years of service.

Hunte required just 10 runs for this fantastic achievement reaching this landmark when Kendal batted first but his exploits were tainted when Kendal fell to a four wicket defeat to Netherfield in the local derby.

Netherfield, who were keen to push on from their last two results had Kendal in trouble at 34 for four. Nick Lewthwaite started the recovery with 56 off 75 balls then Adam Cowperthwaite and Chris Miller frustrated Netherfield with a crucial 49 run partnership, as Cowperthwaite scored an unbeaten 36, with Chris Miller chipping in with 15 runs.

The hosts ending up on 186 for eight off the allotted 50 overs. Perhaps more runs than what Netherfield wanted to concede as the Kendal innings came to an end.

Nathan Chambers bowled well for the visitors winning the David Wheatman man of the match trophy after returning impressive figures of 5-63

In the reply, Netherfield started steadily and despite Kendal putting the pressure on, Colin Ackermann remained composed with a top scoring 65 off 92 balls, putting the visitors in a good position and they closed triumphantly on 189 for six.

Barrow went twelve points clear at the top of Division One following a massive nine wicket win at St Anne's proving their worth as league leaders with an excellent display starting with a devastating opening bout where St Anne's slumped to 12 for five before stands between Nanthesh Kiruparan 56 off 107 balls and professional Toby Bulcock 28 and then Callum Jones 28 saw St Annes reach 138 in 44.4 overs.

Patrick Allington impressed with figures of 3-31 and Jonathan Wells proving his worth as professional returning figures of 3-60,.

Barrow replied in style winning the game in just 27.2 overs, Dean Williams making an unbeaten 50 off 77 balls and Ryan Brown with an unbeaten 45 off 27 balls seeing the leaders to another win.

The local derby between Morecambe and Lancaster ended in Morecambe getting the better of a winning draw. Morecambe skipper Mark Woodhead opened with a top scoring knock of 80 off 144 balls and with contributions from Vishal Tripathi 34 off 49 balls, and Tom Barnfield scoring 32 off 88 ballssaw them closing on 185 for nine off their 50 overs

In Lancaster's reply they had to settle for 162 for eight, their runs shared between Danny Welbourne with 25 off 48, Jannisar Kahn with 23 and Jamie Heywood with 20. Tommy Clough with 3-56 was the home sides best bowler.

Leyland remain in contention at the top with an easy 120 run win at bottom side Preston. The visitors closed on a convincing 204 for five off 50 overs with Henry Thompson making a dominant 92 and Daniel Lamb 68. Preston's Imtiaz Matak took 4-67.

Leyland skittled out Preston for 84 in 32 overs, David Makinson returning figures of 6-7, Soyeb Dukanwala top scoring with 45 for the hosts.

Shortly after Darwen announced that professional Alan Kruger would not be retained for the 2014 season, they crashed to a five wicket defeat to Chorley,

Things looked bleak when they were reduced to 22 for eight then Chris Wade added a little bit of respectability to the score with a top scoring 57 batting down at number 10 but Darwen were all out for 116 in 46.3 overs

Chorley bowled well through Billy Smith as he returned figures of 5-33, supported by Chris Harty with figures of 4-22,

In reply Chorley reached their target in 43.5 overs, losing five wickets. David Fisher was unbeaten on 68 winning the game for the visitors while Darwen's best bowler was Chris Wade with 3-33.

Blackpool defeated Fleetwood by 25 runs in the Fylde Coast derby, a victory which looked unlikely when the visitors were all out for 118 in 48.2 overs. Gurmandeep Bains and Luke Smith each scored 27 runs for the visitors. Fleetwood 's professional Ian Holland was once again in the wickets with 7-42.

In reply Fleetwood were stunned as they were all out for 93 in 33 overs, Ben Eckton taking 3-29 with Jamie Thomson and Andy Furniss weighing in with two wickets each.

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