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Lal lethal against Norths

HIS father helped lift India to World Cup glory, and Kuunal Lal demonstrated those destructive traits to spark Eastlake to its third outright victory of the Canberra grade cricket season.

Lal at one stage had the incredible figures of 4-0 before finishing with 5-23 as Eastlake crushed Norths by an innings and 19 runs at Keith Tournier Memorial Oval on Saturday.

The 29-year-old could have had five wickets without conceding a run, but had a sharp chance dropped in the slips.

''I just put it in good areas, bowled a good line and length and was able to get the wickets,'' Lal said.

''All catches are tough, so I won't blame anyone for that.''

In reply to Eastlake's first innings of 278 from last week, Norths were routed for 150 before being forced to follow on, collapsing for a paltry 109 in their second dig.


Lal picked up 3-10 in the first innings to finish with eight wickets for the match.

The left-arm paceman is in his second season with Eastlake and has previously played 13 first-class games in India for Delhi and had a stint in England. He's played alongside international stars Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli, while he also comes from impressive bloodlines.

Madan Lal played 39 Tests and 67 one-day internationals for India, and is remembered for having a leading role in his country's 1983 World Cup victory, grabbing three quick wickets in the final against the West Indies.

His son was as lethal against a Norths batting line-up that had no answer for his swing and accuracy.

Both openers departed for ducks, edging balls to wicketkeeper Peter O'Callaghan, while Michael Spaseski showed good hands to hang on to two more catches.

An LBW decision secured Lal his fifth for the innings and ended any hope of a Norths' revival.

Eastlake is poised to be involved in the finals of the Douglas Cup, with captain Adam Tett confident it can carry that form into the remainder of the season.