Lancaster claim victory in the Mens Cricket

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Lancaster 1st XI 266-7 (50) beat York 1st XI 216-9 (50) by 50 runs

Lancaster produced a fine all-round performance to  claim a 50 run victory over their York counterparts. Following last  year’s tense Roses match in Morecambe, where Lancaster won by 1 wicket,  the margin here was far more comfortable.

Lancaster captain Marley Ali, fresh from a midweek  262* against Edge Hill, won the toss and decided to bat first. Zak Godfrey-Plews  and Pete Barnes opened the batting for Lancaster and they punished some  poor York bowling to put on an opening partnership on 95, before Barnes  was stumped off the bowling of Crawford for 37. Godfrey-Plews followed  in the next over, caught behind off Miller for 53 and Ali soon followed,  also stumped off Crawford for 5.

Teetering at 99-3, Lancaster needed a partnership.  Ed Markey and Adam Senn put on a superb 109 partnership for the fourth  wicket, both displaying aggressive intent. Senn, having brought up his  50 with a quick single after a big six, was eventually stumped for 59.

It was, however, Markey’s 89 which helped push Lancaster’s  total past the 250 mark. He took fourteen off three balls, hitting consecutives  fours before following up with a booming six off the bowling of Tom  Williams.

Following Senn’s wicket, Lancaster’s innings tailed  off towards the end as quick wickets fell as incoming batsmen looked  for the big shots. Lancaster finished their allotted overs on 266:7.

York’s run chase began in emphatic style as they  raced to 30:0 off 6 overs. Matt Weller (4-52) provided the breakthrough  as Nish Selvakumar was bowled on his leg stump.

Lancaster continued to chip away, with Weller picking  up two more wickets to leave York 77:3. It was the introduction of the  spinners, Senn and Basim Basheer, that put the squeeze on York’s chase  reducing them to 82-5 with a wicket apiece.

Errors began to creep into Lancaster’s game, with  Fraser Crawford being dropped by Molloy behind the stumps. Crawford  didn’t get the chance to take advantage of this error as he was bowled  from the next delivery by Senn for 49.

Following an interruption from a streaker braving  the cool conditions, Sam Dyson picked up the wicket of Robert Wickham  to leave York’s hopes in tatters at 138-7. Lower order resistance  from Alex McDonald (50) and Rob Gillespie (26) kept York ticking over,  but the target of 267 was always out of reach. Despite batting their  full 50, York could reach only 216-9 in reply, meaning that the four  points once again went to the Red Rose.

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