Shireshead win top of table clash with Heysham

Heysham's Sam Calverley. Picture: Tony North
Heysham's Sam Calverley. Picture: Tony North

Shireshead won the battle of first against second at Clifton Park as they ran out 44-run winners against Heysham.

Upon winning the toss Shireshead elected to bat but struggled for fluency against the impeccable line and length of Sam Calverly who took 2-42 in his 17-over spell.

Four of the top five made double figures but none went on to make a score to build the innings round.

Steve Yates (25) and Dave Jack took the game forward aggressively, with Yates hitting three massive sixes, but when they both fell it was left to Uzair Shah (28 not out) and Rowan Upton to add 33 to ensure a competitive 158-9 was posted at tea.

The Heysham reply was a tense affair as the visitors looked to make inroads into Shireshead’s 30-point lead at the top of the table.

Danny Wilkinson and Peter Wilson (3-34) worked hard to ensure progress was difficult and removed both opening batsmen in the process, but Andy Powers and Andy Ideson (22) added 27 carefully to keep the game balanced nicely.

The introduction of Shah (2-19) and Jack (2-28) provided no respite for the Heysham batsmen as the innings began to stall at 80-6,

Jamie Antcliffe (28) continued to play his shots but young leg-spinner Upton (2-11) proved decisive however as he removed Antcliffe and Walker before Wilson took the final wicket in the penultimate over, thanks to a super catch at gully from Shah, thus extending Shireshead’s lead at the top of the table with five games remaining.