NATHAN Chambers almost did a Stuart Broad for Netherfield in Sunday’s electrifying 66-run victory over Morecambe.
Although not quite emulating the England all-rounder’s hat-trick in the Test, three wickets in six balls without a run conceded was of the same ilk.
Introduced as fifth-choice bowler in the 21st over, Chambers struck with his first, fourth and six balls to turn Morecambe’s prospects on their head.
The triple-wicket maiden feat was in vogue and seen a second time. Aussie professional Ben Laughlin achieved it when he returned for his second spell.
Six deliveries later he had wrapped up back-to-back maximum 15-point hauls from the weekend.
It was Chambers’ contribution, however, that created the momentum. He has been left out of late with Netherfield selectors opting for an extra batsman, but the young pace bowler blew Morecambe apart as they cruised at 95 for two off 20 overs towards Netherfield’s 189 all out.
With his first ball Chambers saw off the settled Ikram Ullah (37); he had professional Anwar Ali adjudged lbw with his fourth and hit the stumps again to get rid of Lewis Edge to mark his recall triumphantly.
Suddenly it was 95 for five and a run-out six runs later left Netherfield on top before Laughlin sealed victory in another devastating over.
Morecambe skipper Mark Woodhead bravely tried to bat with a painful wrist injury he had suffered fielding but faced only five balls before retiring as the visitors surrendered their last five wickets on 123.
It was sweet music for Chambers, who finished with 3-14 off seven with Laughlin 3-41 off eight.
Earlier, Netherfield set a target of 189 with a robust collective effort led by John Mason (35), Alex Atkinson (32), Chris Parry (24) and Marc Brown (24).
Reg Cupit must have mixed feelings: he was rewarded for a marvellous line and length display with 7-57 but it was not a decisive effort.
JOHN Huck hammered a forceful unbeaten 77 to set up Netherfield’s 151-run win over Carnforth at Lodge Quarry on Saturday.
Huck hit nine fours and two sixes in his 80-ball knock after opener Marc Brown missed out on a half-century when lbw for 49.
Most of the batsmen were in the runs with Ben Barrow (33no) and John Mason (27), who added 61 with Huck in 12 overs, swelling Netherfield’s haul to 252 for six, with Dave Morris (3-52) best of a toiling Carnforth attack.
In-form Stuart Nixon (5-28) had Carnforth in retreat, removing the first four wickets, including Ryan Nelson for 13 as they wilted to 67-7. Warren Quinn held up the onslaught with 14, but Carnforth were all out for 102 in the 30th over with Nathan Chambers and Marc Hadwin also taking two wickets apiece.