Shireshead get better of Silverdale as wickets tumble

Shireshead's captain Paul Yates.
Shireshead's captain Paul Yates.
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It was nearly a case of after the Lord Mayor’s Show for Shireshead in their first outing since lifting the Westmorland Cricket League Division One title.

Silverdale won the toss and had no hesitation in asking Shireshead to bat with skipper Paul Yates and namesake Steve moving the score to 10 without loss, giving no indication of the mayhem to follow.

Steve then became one of six victims in 28 balls for J Thompson.

Nick Rafferty and Simon Gould both departed first ball as Thompson (6-20) completed a hat-trick by bowling a good length and letting the wicket do the rest.

Thompson continued through the middle order and when P Mason (3-10) trapped Rowan Upton leg before the innings closed for just 46 with Yates (14 not out) having watched the carnage.

Shireshead knew the only chance of maintaining their unbeaten record this season was to take early wickets and Uzair Shah (4-21) removed Graham Dodds before also running out Jack Hargreaves to reduce Silverdale to 10-2.

Danny Wilkinson (2-7) took two more quick wickets to leave Silverdale at 20-5.

The introduction of young leg-spinner Upton brought two more wickets as he turned the ball prodigiously, and when Shah removed Lindsay Thompson the Silverdale reply was in tatters at 34-9.

Phil Oliver administered the last rites by bowling H Belcher to secure victory for Shireshead by eight runs and bring the curtain down on a quite incredible game of cricket.