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WEEKLY ROUNDUP: Championship success for juniors as seniors slump to more defeats

4 months ago By James Main

Westgate's only thing to shout about this week was the fact that the U11s won the Soft Ball Championship on Sunday.


After being defeated by Netherfield in the final of the U11 Knockout Cup on Monday, Westgate's youngsters beat Sedgwick by four runs on Sunday in order to seal the Championship at Cross Hill Park.

Sedgwick batted first and posted a competitive total of 283. Wickets were shared between Jack Johnson (3), Lawson Carr (2), Harry Miller (2), Matthew Bradshaw (2), George Abel (2), Marcus Palamountain (1), Charlie Higson (1) and there were two tight overs from Jack Liptrot.

The ground fielding and catching was not up to the usual high standard although Palamountain took a brilliant catch off his own bowling.

The Westgate reply was emphatic as Lawson, Harry Winder and Joseph Jones added 29, Abel and Miller added 23 and Palamountain, Higson and Rayaan Hussain added 25 - all without losing a wicket - to take the score to 277.

With victory in sight, nerves took hold and wickets started to fall. It needed a cool finish from skipper Nathan Allen to see Westgate take the main trophy as he saw out the last three balls without mishap in the total of 287.

A big congratulations must go to Murph and the players on a remarkable achievement!
Also a big well done to Man of the Match George Abel.

This remarkable feat now appears on the Honours Board section of the website and will be on the clubhouse Honours Board shortly.
1st XI

Westgate made it four losses in their last five games with a 111-run defeat at Heysham on Saturday.

Jamie Antcliffe (38), Ashton Ward (41), Andy Hill (43) and Cassidy (30) all profited from poor fielding and dropped catches in the final total of 194-7.

Wickets were shared between Garry Tattersall (2-29), Dylan Conroy (2-42), Andy Nisbet (2-44) and Peter Wilson (1-26).

In the second innings, a classy spell of fast bowling from Sam Calverly demolished the fragile Westgate batting line-up, as he took a wicket with his first ball and finished with excellent figures of 6-37 as the visitors slumped to a score of just 83.

Wicket-keeper Craig Buchanan (33) was the only Westgate player to make double figures in a poor innings.

13-year-old Freddie Whatmuff, wiped out the middle order taking 4-27 on an excellent first team debut.

Westgate now sit in 5th position in the First Division table.

The scorecard can be found here.

2nd XI

Westgate's second team face the prospect of relegation next week as they recorded their fifth defeat in a row on Saturday against Heysham A at Cross Hill Park.

The hosts batted first and posted 141-9, a total which they thought would be enough. Captain Dave Hannigan top scored with 32 runs, while Danny Wilkinson (26), Sam Conroy (24) and Chris Carter (15) also made double figures. Harry Wallbank impressed with the ball, taking figures of 4-25.

Westgate were in with a chance as they reduced the visitors to 99-6 but a partnership of 36 between top scorer Stuart Powers (30) and Aaron Cross (18*) took the target within reaching distance.

Danny Wilkinson (4-23) was the hosts' top wicket taker and Heysham reached the target with just over four overs remaining.

The full scorecard can be found here.

Next week

Next week sees the curtain close on a disappointing season. The first team face Silverdale at Cross Hill Park, in what will be a crucial game for the visitors who sit just above the bottom two.

The second team face next door neighbours Bare in a crucial game for Westgate as they could possibly be relegated.

The games will be followed by the traditional end of season pie supper at 8:30pm.

Updated 09:00 - 5 Jan 2019 by Peter Wright

Where next?

U11s win Soft Ball Championship Westgate's youngsters beat Sedgwick by four runs on Sunday in order to seal the Soft Ball Championship at Cross Hill Park.

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Sat 8 Sep
Westgate A Bare
League 0/0 – 0/0
Sat 1 Sep
1st XI Heysham
League 194/7 – 83
Westgate A Heysham A
League 141/9 – 142/7
Mon 27 Aug
1st XI Burneside
League 0/0 – 0/0
Sat 25 Aug
1st XI Carnforth
League 228/4d – 83
Westgate A Carnforth A
League 91 – 150

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