Westgate A suffer heavy defeat at expense of rivals Bare
There's always next week...
Westgate A suffered a heavy defeat at Powderhouse Lane today, losing by eight wickets to rivals Bare.
Captain Dave Hannigan won the toss and elected to bat in glorious summer conditions, but this didn't quite work out for his side. Despite a fairly stable start with Chris Carter (13) and Jacob Vaughan (3) putting on 19 runs for the first wicket, it soon got troublesome for Westgate following Carter's was dismissal off the bowling of Adrian Osmotherley (1-10). In the following eight overs Bare bowled very tight, limiting Westgate's batsmen to just seven runs in that time and dismissing a further three players. At 23-4 from 17 overs Westgate were in a poor position and it needed two players to stay in and also get the scoreboard ticking in the process. Captain Dave Hannigan (6) and Dhakshina De Silva (21) provided this in the following seven overs. De Silva scored very quickly, hitting three fours and one six in the process to provide Westgate with some relief whilst Hannigan stuck around to provide some stability to his side's innings. Later in the innings, in-form youngster Alex Parrott (6) came in and played some good shots and was very unfortunate not to get a boundary. Robbie Green (1) fell cheaply before Parrott's dismissal. James Main (0*) then went in at eleven and put on four runs with Sarge Islam (0) in extras, before Islam became White's (4-14) fourth victim and Westgate were dismissed for 64 from just 29.1 overs. Archit Bhardwaj (3-23) and Mathew Cook (2-10) also found themselves in the wickets column on what was a brilliant day for Bare, who had been without a victory for a while.
In reply Bare got off to a fairly slow start but openers Frank Smith (14) and Tom Schad (17) remained defiant and took the hosts to 33-0 by the 14th over in which the latter was dismissed caught by Parrott off the bowling of Chapman (1-15). The only other wicket of Bare's innings was that of captain Frank Smith who was bowled by his Westgate counterpart Dave Hannigan (1-14), before Barry Smith (19*) and Adrian Osmotherley (10*) carried their side home to a comfortable eight wicket victory.
Westgate A are in action again next week as they face Shireshead A at Cross Hill Park.