Cup double secured after Jacques burst

The triumphant Shireshead & Forton Twenty20 team
The triumphant Shireshead & Forton Twenty20 team
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Shireshead & Forton 128 for 5

Burneside 106 all out

Shireshead won by 22 runs

Shireshead clinched a Westmorland cup double as they defeated Burneside in a pulsating Twenty20 final at Sedgwick.

Having been asked to bat first, Shireshead struggled to find early fluency and were soon reduced to 6 for 2.

A flurry of boundaries from Peter Wilson got the innings moving, but when he fell to S Airey (3 for 16) Shireshead were in disarray at 32 for 4 in the eighth over.

Phil Oliver (51no) and Paul Yates (32) rebuilt in their contrasting styles, as they added 78 for the fifth wicket to establish a foothold in the game for their side.

Oliver struck three sixes in a match-defining knock, while Yates worked the gaps in a supporting role as Shireshead posted a defendable 128 for 5, with Oliver reaching his half-century in the final over.

Burneside’s reply mirrored the Shireshead innings in that early wickets for Wilson (2 for 23) and Gareth Jennings (1 for 17) left them 6 for 2 from the first couple of overs.

D Batty (23) and R Shepherd (51 from 25 balls) then added 72 in seven overs to put Burneside firmly in the driving seat.

Shepherd, in particular, struck the ball sweetly as he took an incredible 29 off one over, before the game changed in an instant when he was removed by Wilson, thanks to a jaw-dropping one-handed catch by Dave Jack on the long-off boundary. Tom Jacques (5 for 4) had removed Batty in the previous over, and now bowled an impeccable spell which ripped through Burneside’s middle order.

The pressure exerted by Jacques, who was well-supported by Pete Dodd, brought him a rush of wickets, including a superb one-handed caught and bowled, and the Burneside innings subsided to 106 all out, as the last eight wickets fell for just 28 runs.

Oliver took the final wicket to secure a famous victory and the cup double, as Tom Jacques was deservedly named man of the match.