Crowther hits winning runs as Warton just edge out Westgate

Garry Tattersall in action for Westgate. Picture: Tony North.
Garry Tattersall in action for Westgate. Picture: Tony North.

Westgate lost by three wickets away to Warton at the weekend in the Westmorland Cricket League.

The start of the game was delayed by over 90 minutes as the sides waited for the rain to stop and when it did, the game was reduced to 32 overs per side, with Warton winning the toss.

They invited Westgate to bat and it proved to be an excellent decision on a pitch offering a lot to the bowlers.

Westgate were struggling at 32-5 off 14 overs before a 28-run partnership from Khan Puffett and Danny Wilkinson helped steady the ship. Wilkinson fell for 14 and Puffett added an extra 18 with Garry Tattersall (7).

After Tattersall fell, Puffett and Peter Wilson (26no) put on an important 56-run stand to help Westgate to a competitive 134-7.

Puffett finished unbeaten on 51, while Warton’s Needham finished with impressive figures of 5-58.

In reply, Warton were assisted by a 54-run partnership between Ricky Nelson and Tom Barnfield.

Nelson fell for 18 and was shortly followed by Mayor and Partridge which put Westgate firmly back in the game.

Barnfield eventually fell for 56 and was followed by Weatherall leaving Warton 124-7.

This left Warton needing 11 from the last 3.4 overs and they secured victory in the final over as Graeme Crowther found the boundary to give Warton 12 points.

Dylan Conroy was the pick of the bowlers with (2-24).

Meanwhile, Westgate Under-16s lost by nine wickets to a much older Bare Under-16s on Wednesday.

Batting first, Joel Frith made a competent 11, but from 26 -1 off five overs a collapse saw the total falter to 46-7.

Jim Craig (10), Arjun Manjare (13 no) and Joe Bradshaw (7 no) ensured a decent final total of 74-8.

The older Bare team made light work of the target, the winning runs coming at the end of the 12th over with Jim Craig taking the only wicket to fall.