Ambleside climb league table after securing third win of campaign against high-flying Westgate (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Ambleside climb league table after securing third win of campaign against high-flying Westgate
AMBLESIDE claimed their third victory of the season after routing high-flying Westgate for just 88 at Rydal Road – picking up a vital 12 points in the process.
After winning the toss and deciding to field first, Barnaby Wileman was the pick of the Ambleside bowlers and returned impressive figures of 6-34.
In reply, the hosts completed their run chase within 24 overs, with Rob Griffiths finishing unbeaten on 55 as Ambleside closed on 92-3.
Burneside were another side to record a crucial win after beating reigning champions Arnside by eight wickets at Ellergreen Park.
Rob Shepherd top scored with 26 as Arnside were dismissed for 121 with seamer Paul Bigland claiming 4-44 as the home side stormed into the ascendancy.
Burneside knocked off the necessary runs in relatively comfortable fashion, losing just two wickets as Donovan Du Plessis dominated the Arnside bowling to remain undefeated on 78.
Sedgwick also dispatched their opponents by eight wickets as bottom of the table Bolton le Sands were brushed aside in convincing style.
Robert Clarkson made 15 as visitors mustered 82 from their time at the crease, with swing bowler Chris Evans picking up 5-29.
Sedgwick required 24 overs to complete their 15-point win, with opener Joe Portmann batting through the innings for 35 and Adam Hornby adding a quick-fire 29 not out.
Heysham are up to the second in the league table after defeating Warton by five wickets in a battle of the chasing pack at Hyning Park.
Reg Cupit was the star turn with ball, claiming 7-32 as Andrew Ideson snared 3-33, with only Ricky Nelson and his son Ryan finding any momentum at all, with 24 and 12 respectively.
Having been dismissed for just 79, early wickets were the order of the day and Graeme Crowther duly obliged with the scalps of Lewis Placket and Andy Powers.
However, Ideson’s 29 not out combined with decent knocks from James Whincup and Andy Hill saw Heysham home on 80-5.
A Liam Parkinson century and a fine all-round display from Peter Wilson ensured Shireshead powered to another 15-point haul at the expense of Silverdale at Clifton Park.
Shireshead duo Paul Yates and Parkinson put on 88 for the opening stand before the skipper fell for 40, only for Wilson to arrive at the crease to great effect.
Adding 131 for the second wicket, Parkinson reached his maiden first-team ton to finish unbeaten on 103 – a knock which included 11 fours and one six.
Wilson, who finished on 58 not out, also produced with ball by taking 6-12, as Jack Hargreaves provided the main resistance with 54 before Silverdale were bowled out for 138.
At Queen’s Park, James Parkinson starred with 6-13 from his 10.1 overs as Milnthorpe bowled Windermere out for 136, as Jono Cooper racked up 43 for the hosts.
The Park Road outfit were always on course for victory thanks to Mike Wills’ 47 at the top of the order, with victory sealed by Sam Woodburn’s rapid 38 not out.
The remaining ties in the Hackney and Leigh quarter finals saw Milnthorpe overcome Westgate after posting 163-6 from their 25 overs.
Lee Illingworth top scored with 53, while there were also solid contributions of 45 and 41 not out from opener Steve Bowman and Woodburn respectively.
In the other tie, Division Three league leaders Carnforth dispatched Ambleside after chasing down a victory target of 187 with eight wickets in hand.
Jason Cornthwaite proved the main batting threat with a majestic 96 not out as Bradley Hoyle also registered a half century.
Earlier in the piece, opener Hugh Tyson struck 64 and Barnaby Wileman 60 as Ambleside mustered 186-7 from 25 eight-ball overs.
In Division Two, Holme are now level on points with league leaders Bare after beating the Cross Hill Park side in their own backyard, picking up 12 points in the process.
Trimpell are only five points adrift after beating Cartmel by seven wickets at Outmoss Lane, although fourth-placed Shireshead were edged out at lowly Ingleton.
Table-toppers Carnforth were the big winners in Division Three without even playing as teams in the chasing pack – Warton, Sedgwick and Milnthorpe – all lost.
Kendal top Division Four after picking up 15 points courtesy of a 77-run win at Shireshead while there were also wins for Lev Valley and Bolton le Sands against Carnforth and Coniston respectively.
Morecambe continue to lead the way in Division Five after routing Galgate for just 20, although Netherfield’s tight victory against Trimpell keeps them in the hunt.