Westmorland Cricket League: Shireshead cement top spot with Westgate win

Shireshead's Danny Wilkinson scored vital runs against his former club Westgate.
Shireshead's Danny Wilkinson scored vital runs against his former club Westgate.

Shireshead stretched their lead at the top of the Westmorland League Division One table with a two-wicket victory at Westgate.

A hotly-anticipated match didn’t disappoint as a low-scoring affair almost produced a shock outcome.

On a difficult track, Westgate elected to bat first but struggled for fluency throughout and at 22-3 were in real trouble.

Craig Buchanan (17) and Aaron Pearce (16) serenely took the score onto 53-3 however and the game appeared in the balance, but wickets began to tumble with Sam Frith (12) the only other batsman making double figures.

James Rafferty (3-14) and Westgate old boy Peter Wilson (4-9) excelled in the bowler friendly conditions as Westgate closed on 85 all out.

In reply, at 35-3 there was an opening for Westgate, but another man returning to his old club, Danny Wilkinson (21), looked set to take his new side to a comfortable victory as the score moved onto 62-3.

But Andy Nisbet (3-14) helped reduce the visitors to 69-8 and it was very much game on.

However, Wilson (23 not out), calmed Shireshead nerves as Westgate came within a whisker of going top of the table themselves.