Sedgwick beat Shireshead to maintain their Perfect Start

By Tim Mansfield

....but travel to Kirkby on Saturday missing four key players

The forecast for Saturday looks better this week and table-toppers Sedgwick will hope to retain their 100% record despite missing four players away at Kirkby Lonsdale.. Chris Evans will keep wicket. Heysham are without Sam Calverley for their local derby with Morecambe 2nds while the mercurial Chris Dixon returns for Burneside at Warton for his first appearance since the pandemic. After defeat at Sedgwick Shireshead face Bare at Clifton Park.

Last week Sedgwick maintained their perfect start to the season with a fine three wicket win against Shireshead. Joe Cunliffe (36), Rick Hamblett (31) and Joe Oliver (46) enabled the visitors to post a challenging 162/9 although the hoped for acceleration didn’t come as Sedgwick’s Oliver Sanday took 3/17 from 9 overs. Robbie Tattersall (24) and Lee Tattersall (46) took the reply to 71/1 before Jack Cunnington (4/47) reduced them to 115/6. The dangerous Chris Evans was at the crease though and he likes batting against Shireshead. With 5 fours and 5 sixes the powerful allrounder scored an unbeaten 58 to win the game by 3 wickets and with 19 balls remaining. Three points behind in second place are Heysham who needed their allrounders Sam Calverley (30) and Riley Wilson (23) to get them to 146 at Arnside as Chris Howsley took 3/48. Calverley (5/12) then disposed of Arnside for 44 together with Jamie Cassidy (3/21) and Wilson (2/4).

After misfiring at Heysham, Burneside’s powerful batting line -up made hay at home to Kirkby Lonsdale. Ben Phillips (72), Ethan Ellwood (62) and Ben Leacock (38) were the main scorers in 261/6. Harvey Williams (27) top scored Kirkby, but Ellwood (5/23) and Nathan Chambers (3/11) bowled them out for 79. Morecambe 2nds beat Carnforth 2nds by 3 wickets to gain their first win in the Westmorland League since 1951. Louis Rogerson (33) and Sam Woodburn (45) added 77 for the first wicket for Carnforth, but only Alfie Hill (24) and Zach Dodds (18) really contributed thereafter as George Marshall took 3/23, Carnforth finishing on 167/9. After an early wicket for Woodburn (3/36) Jamie Holmes (43) and James Lambert (46) added 92 to put Morecambe in control and although the middle order stuttered against Hill (3/32) they were able to win by 3 wickets with 7 overs to spare.

Richard Herron (36) and Louis Armer (34) took Holme to 135 at Kendal as Andy Dugdale demonstrated his wiles taking 4/10 from 11.1 overs, with Oli Killiner weighing in with 3/40. Kendal 2nds were untroubled as Ryan Nightingale (53) gave them a fast start and captain Paul Dodds (48 not out) took them to a straightforward win by 8 wickets in the 30th over. Andrew Butler (24) and Robbie White (39 not out) batted solidly to take Bare to 128 at home to Warton, Graham Kellett taking 5/18. Jack Bolton made 32 not out as Warton finished on 75/6 from 35 overs, after 10 overs were lost to rain. Archit Bhadwaj took 3/4 from 9 overs.

Shireshead 2nds are the leaders in Division 2. Spinners Mike Mead 3/3 from 11 overs and Robert Jacques (4/34) dismissed Sedgwick for 92 as only Adam Kershaw (59) had any response to the bowlers. Kershaw counterattacked with 7 fours and 3 sixes. Simon Gould (36 not out) and Jacques (24 not out) completed an 8 wicket win with 30 overs remaining. Erstwhile leaders Westgate 2nds had their wings clipped by Coniston, as Steve Gosling took 5/16. All out at home for 68, the visitors won by 7 wickets.Mike Burton (37 not out) completed the win despite an early burst from Sharjito Islam (3/19). Bob Baldwin (19) top scored for Milnthorpe as Netherfield 3rds Dan Shorrock (4/23) and Grace Airey (3/21) restricted them to 72 which the visitors knocked off for the loss of two wickets. Mike Robinson made 23 not out and Taylor Backhouse 29 not out.

Richard Townsend (90), Andrew Hill (59) and Jeff Winder (72 not out) went large for Heysham 2nds as they amassed 263/4 declared. Winder’s innings was brutal taking just 46 balls and striking 7 fours and 5 sixes. Ben McGregor scored 53 for Ambleside but received little support as the visitors were bowled out for 122. Harry Wallbank took 3/15 and Chris Boniface 3/23. Lindsay Thompson celebrated his birthday scoring 87 not out as a pool player for Morecambe 3rds as Liam Burrow (28) also contributed. Cartmel’s old firm of Will Anderson (31) and Kevin Williams (28) was reunited for the first time this season and they set off in pursuit of the target of 148 with an opening stand of 60 before Chris Tuson (21 not out) and Joe Cowperthwaite (54 not out) completed the 8 wicket win.

History was made at Carnforth on Sunday as the home club’s third team scored a colossal 300/1 against Arnside 2nds. 15 year old Lewis Spurr made a sparkling 148 not out from 126 balls, a chanceless innings until the 38th over that contained 14 fours and 2 sixes. He added 138 for the first wicket with Kieran Saunders (46) before another 15 year old Zach Dodds joined him. Dodds scored 87 not out from 60 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes as the youthful duo wreaked havoc on the Arnside attack. In reply Eddie Hart dug in to carry his bat for 52 not out as Arnside gained a draw on 104/8, but failed to secure any points. Mark Baldwin scored 92 not out for Trimpell. With Joe Sumsion (44) and Danny Halstead (56 not out) also in the runs they finished on 238/2. In reply for Silverdale 2nds, James Alker made 51 and Andy Thomas 25 not out against one of his former clubs. Andy Muir took 4/22 but Trimpell couldn’t force the win, Silverdale finishing on 125/9. Holme 2nds gained a winning draw scoring 217/4 against Leven Valley who replied with 152/8, Andy Foster making 69. Mattie Wright (69 not out), Neil Moysey (61) and Tom Keast were the men in form with the bat for Holme, whilst Ethan Burton took 5/44.

Mark Ward (50), Jack Thwaites (37), Marcus Oates (39) and Barney Coxon (33) helped Burneside 2nds to 189/9 against Ingleton for whom Luke Gorst took 3/42 and Josh Capstick 3/43. Mark Hughes (56) and Capstick (56) couldn’t take their side to a win as Ward took 4/35, Burneside winning by 54 runs. Bolton le Sands’ John Carter (47) and Mark Clarkson (22) top scored in 130 all out at home to Galgate. Matt Cooper took 4/44 for Galgate before scoring 20, and with Ethan Markland (24), Dave Morgan (22 not out) and Asif Mansoor (23) his side scrambled over the line to win by 2 wickets.

Appleby Eden played their first game in the WCL since 1967 and it was a win for their third team at home to Netherfield 4ths. Captain Chris Beckwith (48) top scored before Carl Hodder with 43 at number 10 boosted the score to 180 all out. Liam Oldham (47) gave Netherfield a chance but after he was run out Lennon Harrison (4/19) completed a victorious return for Appleby Eden. Huw Evans (35) and Cameron Penn (33) took Coniston 2nds to 124 against Ingleton 2nds for whom Ingleton 2nds took 4/40. Chris Hudson made 36 as Ingleton gained a draw on 100/6. Mike Dugdale (67) led from the front in Kendal 3rds 141/6 against Ulverston 3rds for whom Oliver Williams took 3 wickets. Ulverston made 101/8 in reply.

Heysham 3rds played their inaugural game and triumphed against Westgate 3rds by 55 runs. Aaron Cross made a career best 94 and Freddie Parker scored 49 not out as the home side made 193/2. Joel Frith (80) kept Westgate in the hunt but received little support and Oliver Toulmin (4/30) and Parker (3/11) were able to complete the win. Dineshmanickam Annadurai (36) was the top scorer for Morecambe 4ths. Brad Brentnall took 4/33 for Sedgwick 3rds, but despite 36 from Paul Sanday the visitors were all out for 89, Archie Graves taking 3/16 and Jake Rigby 3/9. Bowlers held sway at Kirkby Lonsdale. Shireshead 3rds scored 120 thanks to Jack Heys (31), debutant Jack Bewsher (28) and Tom Brown (22) but it was Josh Forrest who took the plaudits with 6/22. Unfortunately he was outdone by Thomas Atkinson who took 6/4 as Kirkby Lonsdale were routed for 15.

In the Kendal Sports Trophies Cup there were wins for Trimpell against Bolton le Sands by 20 runs on Duckworth Lewis Stern, Ingleton beat Bare 2nds by 8 wickets, Burnside 2nds beat Holme 2nds by 3 runs and Silverdale 2nds beat Arnside 2nds by 9 wickets.

Where next?

Cup matches this week Moon & Coxhill and Hackney & Leigh Trophies get underway this week

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