Shireshead clinched the first part of a potential cup double with victory over Westgate in the final of the Hackney & Leigh Trophy.
The game, played at Silverdale Cricket club on Sunday, was always likely to be a keenly contested affair given the close season move of Westmorland legend Peter Wilson from Westgate to Shireshead but it was Simon Gould who was to be the star of the show.
After Shires skipper Paul Yates won the toss and invited Westgate to bat Andy Hill’s side posted 120 for 7.
And when Gould arrived at the wicket at 22 for 4 it looked like being enough but the man of the match made 61 in an innings that included five fours and four sixes as he counter attacked in style.
He added 69 with Yates to change the face of the game and help get his side to a three-wicket win to lift the trophy.
Run scoring was always going to be difficult after the previous day’s torrential rain but Westgate skipper Hill (21) and Garry Tattersall (30) added 61 for the first wicket, but in so used 14 of the 25 eight-ball overs.
The push for runs late in the innings inevitably brought a clatter of wickets but the dangerous Danny Wilkinson (29) helped Westgate post a defendable 120 for 7, with Dave Jack (two for 23) and former Wilson (two for 16) returning the best bowling figures.
Nick Rafferty, Tom Jacques, Wilson and Phil Oliver then all departed early for Shireshead and Dylan Conroy had four wickets and his side a taste a victory.
But Gould and Yates (18 not out) steadied the ship to move Shireshead into a winning position.
The fall of Gould brought a nervy ending as two more wickets fell, but the skipper was still there at the finish as the burly Stephen Yates finished the game with a towering six off Conroy to secure the win with 10 balls to spare.