First Division leaders Sedgwick face third placed Shireshead on Saturday in an early test of the Championship credentials of both teams. Heysham travel to Arnside who will be looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat against Warton, whilst Burneside will be hoping to return to winning ways in their home fixture against Kirkby Lonsdale who will be buoyed by their run chase at Morecambe. Bare welcome back John Hughes to the team against Warton, and Morecambe and Carnforth 2nds meet with them both looking for their first wins. On Sunday fingers will be crossed for better weather as the season proper gets underway.
Sedgwick are the early leaders of the Westmorland League with a perfect record after 3 rounds of fixtures. Jonny Matthews (3/24) and Tom Ridley (3/25) had Carnforth 2nds in dire straits at 9/3 and it took Sam Woodburn (38) to make his highest score since his transfer from Milnthorpe to get the score to 95, Chris Evans wrapping up the tail with 3/6. Brothers Robbie (25) and Lee (38) Tattersall combined to complete a 7-wicket win.
The first of the season’s big clashes was at Heysham where the home side beat Burneside by 63 runs to leapfrog them into second place. Heysham were struggling at 21/3 before Lewis Plackett (17) and Sam Calverley (43) added 38 before a Ben Phillips (3/28) induced mini collapse reduced them to 78/6. Dave Parker (41 not out) came to the rescue and with Graeme Cassidy contributing 17 Heysham were able to finish on 154/8. Burneside started well, but Sam Calverley (3/27) took 3 wickets in 2 overs to make it 30/3, a position from which they never recovered as Riley Wilson took 5/26.
Shireshead spearhead Dave Jack (4/10) bowled out Kendal 2nds for 119 with Phil Oliver (2/12) clean bowling Ben Harrison (23) and Terry Hunte (32). Jake Agar (39) and Joe Cunliffe (41) added 85 for the first wicket and although Murray Fisher (3/39) took 3 wickets it wasn’t enough to prevent a 6 wicket win for the visitors. Andrew Creech (50) and Surenthar Nedunchelian (42) helped Morecambe 2nds post 191/9 against Kirkby Lonsdale, Steve Beniston taking 3/48. Kirkby’s captain Harvey Williams (87) made his highest Division 1 score, striking 16 fours and a six. He added 95 for the first wicket with Matthew Percy (36). Joe Singleton (3/59) reduced them to 102/3, but James Royce (57 not out) joined Williams in a 62-run stand and Kirkby triumphed with 23 balls and 5 wickets to spare.
Adam Richardson (33) and Kieran Fallows (25) were the main scorers in Arnside’s 102 all out, Graeme Crowther taking 3/9. Crowther (24) then opened the innings for Warton and with Graham Kellett (21) blunted the opening attack. Alex Davidson (3/30) caused some alarm with three quick wickets, but Mark Bateson (22 not out) and Bradley Gosling (33) steadied the ship to give Warton their first win of the season. Joining them on the victor’s podium were Holme. Simon Shipperd (3/14) made the early inroads against Bare, before Andrew Butler (34) and Robbie White (39) built a recovery only for Joel Bibby (3/29) and Lee Barnes (3/20) to restrict them to 114. Barnes then made 58 not out as Holme won by 4 wickets. Archit Bhardwaj took 4/25 for Bare.
Westgate 2nds are at the top of Division 2 and despite Ben Harvey taking 5/21 as they struggled to 102/9 from 41 overs. After rain reduced the game by 8 overs, Jacob Vaughan declared and unleashed Ryan McMenamin whose 5/22 reduced Sedgwick 2nds to 24/8 and 49/9 with Vaughan taking a stingy 3/10. Last pair Harvey (19 not out) and Adam Kershaw (20) brought Sedgwick back into the game but with 23 needed, Joel Frith (2/22) bowled Kershaw and it was game over.
Close on Westgate’s heels are Shireshead 2nds and Silverdale who both won tight games. Shireshead were indebted to Rob Jacques (55) as only last man Josh Smethurst (11) joined him in double figures as Cartmel’s Joe Atkinson took 5/28 as the home side were dismissed for 112, Joe Cowperthwaite taking 3/24. Will Anderson (45) came out aggressively, but Mike Mead (3/30) took 2 cheap wickets. Nevertheless at 67/2 Cartmel were favourites but Aiden Weir (2/25) removed Cowperthwaite (15), Mead bowled Anderson and Daniel Pye (3/5) surgically removed the tail as Shireshead won by 15 runs. It was even closer at Silverdale. Heysham’s Harry Wallbank took 4/21 as only Charlie Gaw (26) and Ali James (28 not out) made meaningful contributions in 83 all out. Phil Mason (3/22) and Jon Mason (3/28) then reduced Heysham 2nds to 35/6, but James Hesketh (12) and Wallbank (23) added 40. With 9 needed, Hesketh was caught by Jon Mason, but a boundary from Wallbank left Heysham needing 4 to win. It wasn’t to be thanks to Steve Beck. The fast bower has endured injury problems in recent seasons, but off his long run he bowled full, fast and straight to take 3 wickets in 4 balls to give Silverdale a 3 run win. Beck finished with 4/14.
Barney Wileman took 7/10 as Ambleside bowled out Milnthorpe for 42. Dan Kavanagh (12) allowed a smidgen of respectability as the visitors recovered from 5/5. Ben McGregor made 20 not out as Ambleside won by 8 wickets. Richard Ivison (108) made his second hundred for Coniston. With Andrew Townsley (38) and Andrew Warne (44) also in form the home side compiled 228/6. Alistair Reeves (3/46) and Grace Airey (1/17) were the pick of the bowlers for Netherfield 3rds, who scored 101 in reply, Caleb Wilson making 31. Coniston have started as lions at home and lambs away, can they reverse this trend at Westgate on Saturday?
Paul Thompson (62) and Mark Huddleton (26) added 55 for the first wicket for Trimpell, but James Lawson (4/54) and Jack Chamberlain (4/10) restricted them to 161 before Matthew France (72) smote 7 fours and 2 sixes as Division 3 leaders, Ingleton won by 3 wickets. Their fellow relegatees Windermere enjoyed a big win against Burneside 2nds. Mo Henderson (30), Lewis Rands-Trevor (41), Paul Gillespie (35) and Will Aspinwall (72 not out) were all in form, Aspinwall needing only 67 balls and hitting 10 fours and 2 sixes. Dan Sykes (4/13) led his attack to shred Burneside to 32 all out.
George Needham (4/11) helped Leven Valley dismiss Arnside 2nds for 60. Chris Till and David Jordan-Wall were equal top scorers on 13, the latter unbeaten. Tony Johnson made 25, but no other batter exceeded 3 as an inspired Chris Myers (7/16) opening the bowling with daughter Orla (1/14) bowled out the home side for 34. Ben Bailey (41) was the major contributor as Silverdale 2nds compiled 122/8 at Galgate. Only Dave Morgan made double figures in reply as the evergreen Paul Moffat (3/13) and Andy Thomas (4/33) bowled them out for 55. John Sharman (40 not out) was Bare 2nds lynchpin in 90 all out against Holme 2nds for whom Kristian Petterson (4/13) and Mike Halhead (3/13) were in the wickets. Halhead then top scored with 37 not out as his side won by 5 wickets despite an incisive 3/12 from Liam Burrow. All Sunday’s games fell victim to the weather.
On Wednesday evening the Kendal Sports trophies competition began with an 8 wicket win for Ingleton at Bare. Laurence Boot impressed for Bare making 38 from 20 balls with 6 cleanly struck fours and a six after Josh Capstick (3/17) had reduced the home team to 21/3. After he was bowled by Matthew France (3/17) Bare couldn’t maintain the momentum and had to settle on 103. A composed 57 not out from Mark Hughes and 25 not out from Huw Sharpe saw Ingleton to victory with 16 balls to spare.
Saturday May 6th
Arnside v Heysham 2pm
Bare v Warton
Burneside v Kirkby Lonsdale
Kendal 2nds v Holme
Morecambe 2nds v Carnforth 2nds
Sedgwick v Shireshead 2pm
Cartmel v Morecambe 3rds
Netherfield 3rds v Milnthorpe
Westgate 2nds v Coniston
Heysham 2nds v Ambleside 1.30pm
Shireshead 2nds v Sedgwick 2nds 2pm
Holme 2nds v Leven Valley
Ingleton v Burneside 2nds
Silverdale 2nds v Trimpell
Bolton le Sands v Galgate 2pm
Sunday May 7th
Carnforth 3rds v Arnside 2nds 2pm
Appleby Eden 3rds v Netherfield 4ths
Coniston 2nds v Ingleton 2nds
Kendal 3rds v Ulverston 3rds
Heysham 3rds v Westgate 3rds
Kirkby Lonsdale 2nds v Shireshead 3rds
Morecambe 4ths v Sedgwick 3rds 2pm
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