Shireshead rue missed chances in Milnthorpe

Simon Gould.
Simon Gould.

Shireshead and Milnthorpe played out a rain-affected draw in their Westmorland Cricket League Division One Clash on Saturday.

Milnthorpe won the toss and invited Shireshead to bat first on a wicket where fluent scoring was difficult.

A patient and composed innings from Nick Rafferty (42) was the mainstay of Shireshead’s 124 all out, supported by Dave Jack (20) and brother James Rafferty.

James Parkinson bowled well for his 4 for 42.

Milnthorpe never really made any inroads in to their target of 125 for victory from a reduced 41 overs, finishing on 68-7.

Dave Jack (4 for 23) and Rowan Upton (2 for 11) returned the best figures but Shireshead were left to rue some missed chances in the field.

Shireshead claimed one bonus point to add to the six taken by each side for a rain-affected draw.

Shireshead ensured passage to the semi-finals of the Twenty20 cup with a 49-run win over Arnside at Clifton Park.

The hosts batted first in a game reduced to 10 overs per side due to rain, and they were indebted to a superb innings from Simon Gould (60 not out from 28 balls) as they scored a mammoth 111 for 3.

Tom Jacques then removed Oliver Richardson-Hogg in the first over of Arnside’s reply, but Adam Richardson (22) and Lee Illingworth took 36 from the first three overs to show the game was far from over.

Richardson’s demise stemmed the run flow however and the innings petered out at 62 for 4.

Coincidentally the two teams will meet again in the semi-finals as Arnside qualified for the knockout stage as best second-placed team.