Hosts... and rain defeated

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Shireshead 2nd 210 for 5 dec,

Coniston 147

Shireshead travelled to the picturesque Coniston cricket ground on Saturday determined to get their season back on track following two recent defeats.

Sutcliffe again lost the toss, and with plenty of grass on the wicket and the threat of rain were duly inserted.

Twiname and Sutcliffe, aided by some wayward bowling and indifferent wicket keeping, got them off to a flyer, with fifty coming up in the seventh over. The pair were severe on anything loose with Col hitting seven fours and a six in his 42 before being adjudged LBW with the score on 129 in the 28th over.

Dugdale showed his intentions when getting off the mark with a straight six off his second ball but succumbed for 12 playing one big shot too many.

Sutcliffe and Riley (9) continued to up the tempo. Sutcliffe was next to go for a belligerent 78 quickly followed by Riley and Millatt in the pursuit of quick runs. G Bleasdale an L Bray then added 41 in five overs, with both batsmen launching big sixes and finishing 20 not out when the declaration came after 39 overs.

C Lavery toiled hard for 2 for 88 off 20 overs and N Atkinson bowled a controlled spell in the middle of 8 overs for 29.

A Taylor 8-2-25-1 and Bray 6.4-2-23-3 opened the bowling and reduced Coniston to 7 for 3 after 7 overs, which brought Lavery to the crease.

He had no thoughts of hanging around until the rain came and played shots from the start, but Upton (3 for 59) M Park (1 for 12) and M Taylor (1 for 18) worked through his partners.

Last man East then strode to the wicket with 94 on the board, and joined Lavery in attempting to chase an unlikely victory.

But after an entertaining partnership of 53 Bray returned to clean bowl Lavery in the 33rd over two short of his century and gain the maximum 15 points just before the rain came.