Division 1 20/20 Cup: Shireshead: 177 for 7
Silverdale: 120 for 5
The sun shone in picturesque Silverdale as Shireshead rounded off a perfect weekend of cricket with a 57-run victory over a very young Silverdale side in the Division One 20/20 cup.
Choosing to bat first on a hard and flat track, openers P Wilson (49) and N Rafferty (37) put on their second 50 partnership in as many days, before the latter fell in the ninth over with the score at a healthy 69-1.
Despite the free-flowing runs, the Silverdale outfielders, consisting mainly of teenagers, were outstanding, but even they couldn’t do much about the superb 20/20 hitting from Wilson and P Oliver (37).
Fifteen-year-old J. Thompson (4-52) was expensive, but claimed the wickets of the top four Shireshead batsman, and was backed up by another of Silverdale’s up-and-coming talents E Letcher (2-37) as a target of 178 was set.
Needing roughly nine runs an over from the start of the run chase, Silverdale made a bright start, scoring at around a run-a-ball for the first 11 overs.
When J Hargreaves (75 off 59 balls) hit D Jack for three maximums in an over, it looked as though his superb knock could well be the catalyst for an unlikely victory, but tight spells from U Shah (1-16) and P Oliver (2-10) secured the victory for Shireshead.
Shireshead: 112 all out
Windermere: 28 all out
An in-form Shireshead cruised to a 15-point victory with an outstanding bowling display in a low-scoring affair at Windermere.
It wasn’t all plain sailing as the Shireshead openers, on selecting to bat first, were pegged back by some tight bowling, scoring only 12 runs off the first 10 overs.
A semi-resurgence ensued, however, with P Wilson (55) reaching his first half-century for Shireshead as the score trundled to 72-0 off 25 overs on a very slow Windermere track.
Once the first wicket fell, the rest followed quickly as Shireshead lost all 10 wickets for only 39 runs in under 11 overs. Tight bowling from the unassuming J Crawford (5-32) at one end and J Cooper (5-40) at the other resulted in well-deserved figures.
Stand-in skipper P Oliver had a job on his hands rallying his troops, as Windermere required only 113 to win off 53 overs. An early wicket for G Jennings got Shireshead off to an excellent start, but with the score at 19-1 off eight, the game was very much in the balance.
However, four wickets in as many overs swung the game firmly in Shireshead’s favour, and some healthy competition in the race to the third 5-for of the match was won in a superb spell by G Jennings (6-11) with Wilson still returning outstanding figures (4-14) as Windermere slumped to 28 all out.