AN EARLY batting disaster was enough to spell defeat for Kendal at Fleetwood.
Jamie How’s impressive early-season form came crashing down with a bang after he was dismissed for a six-ball duck when Fleetwood pro Shaun Liebisch bowled him.
And things went from bad to worse for Kendal as they were reduced to 10-4 by the eighth over.
But Terry Hunte, Jack White and Nick Lewthwaite rallied, scoring 24, 31 and 29 respectively, as Kendal were all out for 109. South African pro Liebisch claimed 3/20.
Hope was restored briefly for Kendal when wicketkeeper Gary Baker caught opening batter Mike Clinning off Stu Parkin five balls into the innings to put Fleetwood on 2/1.
But former Kendal player Dean Bell put on a partnership of 47 with number two Adam Parker, and when the latter was caught out LBW by captain Chris Miller, Naved Yousef continued his good work to put Fleetwood on 89-3 by the time he was dismissed.
South African Liebisch scored only four runs when he was bowled by White, who claimed figures of 2-41, but it was not enough and Fleetwood picked up a six-wicket victory.
Kendal came away with no bonus points.