Cricket - Milnthorpe charge takes them to top

Silverdale 88*.

Milnthorpe 91-2.

MILNTHORPE went top of Division One on games won with a punishing defeat of Silverdale on Saturday afternoon.

Milnthorpe won the toss and put their hosts in to bat and just 38 overs they had a target of 88 to chase.

Silverdale failed to cope with the bowling attack of Bob Baldwin (5-28) and Jonathan Cooper (4-19) and only Jonny Mason made a notable impact with 21 runs.

Chris Baldwin and Andrew Pennington set Milnthorpe well on their way to victory as they knocked 50 without loss quite quickly, but Baldwin was out for 40 runs.

With just four runs needed for victory Pennington went for 31, leaving Mike Wills (8) and Lee Illingworth (4) to see out the win, and more importantly, 12 points.

*Kirkby Lonsdale 203-8.

Trimpell 31.

A STUNNING spell from young seamer Nathaniel Bateson saw Kirkby Lonsdale to a crucial win in this bottom of the table clash at Lunefield Park.

Kirkby’s Phil Pease (46) and Henry Wilman added over 100 for the second wicket.

Wilman scored his maiden half-century and his 84 was the mainstay of the innings.

Useful contributions came from Williams, Troughton and Barnicoat-Hood to push the score to 203-8.

Pick of the bowlers was Burrow with 4-44 from his 10 overs.

The Trimpell innings started steadily before Bateson took a vice-like grip on the game. Removing Baldwin lbw only brought the dangerman Hill to the crease. However, a wild swipe at a slower ball saw him edge to slip, and when Mayor and Pemberton followed quickly Kirkby were in firm control.

Bateson swept through the lower order for a career-best 9-12, with skipper Johnson claiming the other scalp.

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