Carnforth set to host league’s Twenty20 finals day

Westgate Cricket Club are hoping to cause an upset on finals day.
Westgate Cricket Club are hoping to cause an upset on finals day.

Carnforth Cricket Club will play host to a feast of cricket on Sunday as the Westmorland Cricket League holds its Division One Twenty20 finals day.

Warton, Westgate, Windermere and defending champions Shireshead and Forton will compete for the cup on what promises to be an action-packed day.

Shireshead Cricket Club first team 2014.

Shireshead Cricket Club first team 2014.

Warton and Shireshead will play out the first semi-final at 10am before Westgate and Windermere clash at 1pm with the final set for around 4.30pm.

Shires skipper Paul Yates, whose side top league table, is confident his side can retain their title having beaten Silverdale on route to finals day.

He said: “‘We’re looking forward to defending our title on the day and are really enjoying this season.

“It’s great to be part of a happy dressing-room where everyone is contributing and enjoying their cricket.”

Gareth Finney’s Warton have recorded wins over Burneside and Heysham in the competition and are also flying high in the league, hot on the heels of Shireshead in second.

He said: “After excellent wins against Burneside and Heysham we head into finals day confident of success.

“The side is well balanced and in decent form. Both Ryan Nelson and Alex Thistlethwaite are capable of winning any game with the bat while Graeme Crowther has to be one of the league’s most consistent performers with the ball this season.

“We have a nice balance of youth and experience and we will give it our best shot.”

As for Westgate, captain Andy Hill believes his side will be the underdogs after wins over Ambleside and Milnthorpe.

He said: “‘It promises to be a very exciting day with the new finals day format.

“I think we’ll probably go into finals day as the outsiders of the four teams, but underdogs is a tag that suits us well and we believe we can cause an upset.

“We are currently playing well as a team and have perhaps raised a few eyebrows having lost some key players over the past two seasons.

“The semi against Windermere promises to be a close game between two even sides, but Windermere’s powerful batting order will definitely be more suited to the shorter format.

“Shireshead will probably be favourites on the day as they have by far the strongest bowling unit coupled with big hitting batsmen.

“If Warton do progress to the final though they will fancy their chances as well! It’s anyone’s trophy.”

Windermere were winners over Bolton-le-Sands in the first round before a bye in the semi-final of the Beaumont Bygones sponsored event.

On the day, there will be a BBQ running from around 9am.