Shireshead take winning draw

DESPITE outstanding performances from two of their elder statesmen, Shireshead had to settle for a winning draw and nine points in their opening fixture against a plucky Silverdale XI.

The Shireshead innings was dominated by a majestic 100 not out from captain Paul Yates, his maiden century for the club.

Yates came in to bat after the early loss of Tom Jacques and began to build a formidable platform with Colin Twiname (26), the pair putting on 70 for the second wicket as the total raced to 82–2 in the 18th over.

Rarely has the Clifton Park outfield been so fleet in April and Rob Jacques and Yates kept up the momentum, taking the score to 133 with Jacques scoring 23 before falling lbw to the spin of Scott Sparks (4-82).

Indeed Sparks found some joy with his quicker bowl and from the odd fracture in the surface, dismissing Phil Oliver and Mark Sutcliffe cheaply.

With Yates, Dave Jack (21) restored some late innings gusto as his captain moved towards three figures.

See the Lancaster Guardian (05-05-11) for full story.