Shireshead complete memorable year with Milnthorpe win

Shireshead celebrate winning the 2015 Westmorland Cricket League Division One title.
Shireshead celebrate winning the 2015 Westmorland Cricket League Division One title.

Shireshead celebrated their retention of the Westmorland Cricket League title with victory over Milnthorpe in the final game of the season.

Milnthorpe elected to bat first upon winning the toss but were soon in trouble at 15 for 3 as Simon Gould (3 for 28) took full advantage of a rare bowling opportunity.

Milnthorpe’s experimental batting line-up responded well with some fluent strokeplay from Bob Baldwin and Craig Postlethwaite before S Murphy (57) and Chris Baldwin (37) provided the backbone of the innings as both struck boundaries at will.

Phil Oliver (2 for 27) wrested back some control before Dave Jack (4 for 61) wrapped the innings up for 202.

Jack fell to James Parkinson with the first ball of the Shireshead reply and Gould and Steven Foy soon followed leaving the score at 36 for 3 in the 10th over.

The third wicket brought Tom Jacques (72 not out) to the wicket to join Phil Bovis (93 not out) and the pair then added 168 in an unbeaten fourth wicket stand to take Shireshead to a seven-wicket victory.

The pair hit 19 fours and four sixes between them in a partnership that gradually accelerated and brought the curtain down on a fine season for Shireshead as for the second year in a row the club has secured the league and cup double.