Trophy triumph for U21s

Shireshead's U21 team
Shireshead's U21 team

Westgate 104

Shireshead & Forton 105/3

Shireshead won the inaugural Westmorland League Under 21 Trophy at an idyllic sun-soaked Sedgwick on Sunday.

Shireshead captain, Jack Dodd, won an important toss and asked Westgate to bat first.

Westgate, shorn of some key players, struggled against accurate opening spells from Luke Bray (2/16) and Alex Taylor (2/16).

Wickets continued to fall with regularity as Will Fraser-Gray (2/16), Adam Coates (2/27) and Andrew Burch (2/26) maintained the pressure.

The ever precocious Dylan Conroy batted with the poise and confidence that has typified an impressive season in Division One.

He made an assured 51 not out, with only Westgate’s two overage players, David Hughes (12) and Steve Fisher (10) joining him in raising double figures.

Chapman (1/13) and Conroy (2/24) reduced Shireshead to 17 for 2 after 8 overs, but David Riley (46 not out) and Joel Dugdale (34) added 68 at almost a run a ball, before Dugdale was caught and bowled by Conroy.

Dugdale struck the ball powerfully, hitting the only six of the match, while Riley was severe on anything loose and precisely glided the ball into gaps. The only moment of concern was when Riley top edged a full toss into his helmet with such force that the peak shattered.

The first final of this new competition was a great success, played competitively and in the right spirit between two young sides, and thanks should be given to sponsors, Schofield Construction of Barrow, for their support for the tournament.