THE Westmorland League was lit up on Saturday by three outstanding individual performances in Division 1.

Perhaps the most important in the context of the season was Ethan Elwood’s for Burneside against Bare.

The all-rounder first bowled out Bare 129 by taking 8/32. He was also responsible for the run out of Frank Smith (30) who together with Archit Bhardwaj (31) had put Bare in a decent position.

Elwood then crashed 61 as Burneside won their first league match of the season by 5 wickets and moved off the bottom of the table.

Lee Illingworth was a late addition to the Arnside team at Shireshead. He scored 133 not out from 134 balls (18 fours and 4 sixes).

His first fifty was scratchy, but thereafter he dominated the bowling as Arnside scored 216/7.

Tom Jacques (65) continued his good form, but Alex Davidson (3/25) and David Birch (3/36) spun their webs as Shireshead were dismissed for 153. Aaron Lomas scored a chanceless 111 not out for Sedgwick in their 6 wickets win against Trimpell.

His high-class innings included 18 fours and was described by one seasoned observer as the best he’s seen for many a year. Trimpell had scored 184/9 with Paul Thompson (68) and Mark Baldwin (53 not out) with Tom Ridley taking 4 wickets.

CRICKET: Shane Dixon (report Tim Mansfield)

CRICKET: Shane Dixon (report Tim Mansfield)

The result of the day was Warton’s one wicket win against title chasing Heysham. Andy Hill (30), Andy Powers (35) and Damien Keegan (42) had all contributed to Heysham’s 159/8 with Ryan Needham the pick of the bowlers against his former club taking 3/34.

Warton were in trouble at 77/6 as Graeme Cassidy (ex-Warton) took 5/35, but Gareth Finney (ex-Heysham) and Stuart Mayor (22) clawed them back into the game before Paul Sayer struck the winning boundary with 10 balls of the game left in an electrifying game of cricket.

On Sunday, Heysham became the first team to beat Sedbergh School 2nd team as Sam Calverley (3/7) and Cassidy (4/25) bowled the schoolboys out for 88, Bermudan Logan Jones top scoring with 29. Geoff Carter (33) and Lee Calverley (28) added 66 for the first wicket to make sure of the win. Carnforth remain top of the table, but we’re held to a draw by Silverdale.

Five batsmen made thirties, Ryan Nelson (35) passing 500 runs for the season in the process, but they couldn’t accelerate to enable a declaration and Silverdale with Jon Mason making a careful 47 and James Alker 31 not out were able to finish on 157/8 and collect 2 points.

Garry Tattersall (77) and Sam Frith (47) helped Westgate to 175/8 at Milnthorpe recovering after Darren Wills (3/27) had made early inroads and were pegged back by Bob Baldwin (3/33).

Steve Bowman (46) and Scott Singleton (34) batted securely, but although Dylan Conroy (3/37) raised Westgate hopes Milnthorpe finished on 147/6.

Kirkby Lonsdale went top of Division 2 beating Netherfield 3rds by 4 wickets. Josh Irving made 66 in Netherfield’s 170, Sam Portmann taking 3/21 and James Royce 3/31.

Vaughan Samson (4/27) removed the top order, but experienced left hander Giles Cooper made 75 not out from 95 balls to take them top. Westgate 2nds were beaten by Cartmel who posted 154 with Chris Gallagher-York making 53 whilst Joel Frith took a career best 5/7.

Westgate were in dire straits at 82/8 with Joe Atkinson taking 4/42 and Stuart Bailey 4/21, but juniors Arjun Manjare (38) and Marcus Palamountain (12) weren’t for lying down and they got Westgate within 15 runs of victory. Windermere won their relegation battle against Sedbergh School 3rd XI by 9 wickets. Dan Sykes (4/31) and Sam Fletcher (3/21) bowled the school out for 109, Benjamin Starling scoring 37.

Fletcher (61) and Sam Harrison (40) made short work of the target. Holme are one of the form teams in Division 2 and scored 215/8, Andrew Suddes making 86, against Ingleton who were bowled out for 92 with three wickets apiece for Kieran Hunter and Ethan Burton. Coniston also scored heavily making 203/9 declared with Robert Warne (46), Richard Ivison (46), Mike Burton (38) and Bob Simpson (33) in the runs. Carnforth 2nds replied with 151/8, Wayne Tomlinson making 44 and Emma Ivison taking 3/7.

Ambleside has a 22-point lead in Division 3 after beating second place Arnside 2nds by 4 wickets. Chris Till (44) and Michael Shepherd (48 not out) helped Arnside reach 192/6 with Alex Brown taking 3/32. Adam Wood (55) and Barnaby Wileman (53 not out) chased down the target.

Wileman has now made 380 runs at the Bradmanesque average of 95. Another heavy run scorer in 2021 is Galgate’s Dave Morgan. He made 112 not out against Bolton-le-Sands with 13 fours and 4 sixes. That takes him to 500 runs for the season.

CRICKET: Ethan Elwood

CRICKET: Ethan Elwood

Galgate’s 250/6 was too many for Sands, but the inform Ben Anderton made 53 as they made 168/8, despite Galgate’s spinners Chris Beales (3/18) and Matthew Cooper (3/31). Luke Deveney made 93 not out in Leven Valley’s 192/4.

Only Mike Halhead (28) and Trevor Metcalfe (47) put pressure on Chris Husband (3/13), Freddie Burrow (3/18) and Martin Weaver (4/44) as Holme 2nds were all out for 151. Chris Hogg (47) and Louis Rogerson (33) helped Carnforth 3rds reach 152/7, but Charlie Gaw’s 59 was the main contribution to Silverdale 2nds win by 4 wickets, despite Myles Bowen taking 4/62. The young leg spinner now has 16 wickets in senior cricket this season and is one to watch. Late order batsmen Matthew McVey and Dan Noar each made 30 not out for Sedgwick 2nds in 141/7, Stefan Dixon taking 5/47 for Morecambe 3rds. Alex Hill made 31, but Ben Harvey (4/28) and McVey (3/17) bowled out the home team for 101.

Will Watson made 43 in Coniston 2nds 117, with Alan Moulsdale taking 4/31 for Shireshead 3rds who were led to a four wicket win by Paul Coulton’s 64 not out. Will Yarker (82) was in dominant form for Division 4 leaders, Kendal 3rds who made 215/7 against Morecambe 4ths.

Despite 4/27 from Trent Knowles and 3/37 by Megan Barry, Morecambe managed a draw on 110/9. Burneside 2nds made 152/8 against Milnthorpe 2nds who replied with 106/8. Oliver Whatmuff scored 63 from 55 balls as Westgate 3rds made 183/9 declared against Sedgwick 3rds. Andrew Whitehead (51 not out) batted through the innings for a maiden fifty as Sedgwick made 149/7

Carnforth join Burneside, Shireshead and Trimpell in the semifinals of the Hackney and Leigh Cup after a narrow 11 run win against Westgate. Shane Dixon made 37, but it was Archie Rich’s 22 not out from 12 balls that put the icing on the cake. Carnforth made 117 all out. Andy Hill battled his hamstring injury to take 4/17 and then made 54 from 66 balls.

Unfortunately, no other batsman made double figures and his heroic performance was in vain. Tom Smith made 69 from 36 balls and Liam Burrow 60 not out from 37 balls as Bare beat Carnforth by 8 wickets in the final group game.

In the British Rose Cricket Trophy Jack Huntington (4/16 and 40) guided Westgate 2nds to 8 wickets win against Carnforth 2nds.