Westgate retain title with a game to spare
What an achievement!
Westgate entertained Silverdale on Saturday knowing that 10 points would be sufficient enough to retain the Championship. Silverdale elected to bat and got off to a steady but slow start with the first 10 runs taking up 11 overs. Garry Tattersall then removed both openers (2 for 22) before Sam Letcher (30) and Phil Mason (45) moved the score on to 80 - 4 afrom 30 overs and into a position to set a big total. Skipper Andy Hill then had a dazzling display of bowling claiming both the top scorers as he returned figures of 5 for 20 - his first '5 for' of the season. Silverdale finished on a below par total of 109 - 9. Tattersall (18) and Sam Frith (40) put Westgate in a commanding position at 65 - 1 before a probing spell from Johnny Mason (15 - 5 - 25 - 3) caused a wobble. Andreas Arestidou (21no) & Khan Puffett (5no) showed no nerves as they saw Westgate through to a convincing five-wicket victory with 14 overs to spare and 15 points. Westgate therefore became Westmorland League Champions for the seventh time since 2000 with a game to spare.
With thanks to our match ball sponsor: Scott & Wilkinson LLP
By Chris Hill