Westgate A secure third win of the season against depleted Kirkby Lonsdale side
Even Hughesie got runs...
Westgate A did the double over Kirkby Lonsdale today, defeating them by four wickets to take all available points for just the third time this season.
Captain Dave Hannigan won the toss and elected to bowl in a game that was reduced to 40 overs a side because of a wet outfield. It didn't take Westgate's bowlers very long at all to get a breakthrough as opener J.Royce (1) departed thanks to a great catch behind the wickets from Carter off the bowling of Jacob Vaughan (2-33).With the score at just 2-1, Kirkby Lonsdale couldn't really have had a worse start.
Opener D.Thompson (5) stuck around for a bit without really scoring any runs, and his time at the crease was ended when Sarge Islam caught the batsman off Sid Gani's (3-31) bowling. There were three run outs in the home side's innings, and the best of the these arguably came when 12-year-old debutant Rory Briggs ran out G.Cooper (23) with a direct hit. It was a poor day at the office for Kirkby Lonsdale's key player Mark Beaumont (2). The big hitter was dismissed early, being caught by Elliot Chapman off Gani's bowling. M.Percy (24*) was the only other player that really scored any runs for the home side as the visitors limited Kirkby to just 106-9 from their 40 overs. Sid Gani and Jacob Vaughan were the pick of the bowlers with five wickets between them. Captain Dave Hannigan (1-17) took one wicket, whilst Elliot Chapman (0-19) bowled really well without reward.
Chris Carter (10) opened the batting with Dave Hannigan (7) as his usual partner Jacob Vaughan wasn't feeling well. The pair got the visitors off to a steady start putting on 13 runs, but Carter was dismissed in the sixth over bowled by Suchit Desai (2-19). New batsman Phil Webster (2) followed Carter two overs later as he was bowled by L.Watson (2-37). Fortunately for Westgate, Dave Hannigan and Elliot Chapman (21) managed to steady the ship slightly to take the score to 35 before Hannigan's dismissal caught by youngster A.Bradshaw. Chapman had a great innings that included a big six and two fours, but he was dismissed three overs later when he put a chance up in the air for Suchit Desai who caught comfortably off the bowling of P.Sinclair (2-15). The following two partnerships were fruitful however. The fifth wicket partnership between Jacob Vaughan (18) and David Hughes (13) produced 25 runs in the space of nine overs. Hughes had a fine innings, which was long overdue given his recent form, and started with a six off his legs to get off the mark. He followed this up with a four later on and did some good running between the stumps with Vaughan to get his other three runs. Following Hughes' dismissal off Desai's bowling, Sid Gani (21*) came to the crease and put on a crucial 30 runs with Vaughan to take the score to 100 before the vice-captain's dismissal. Gani, who played his first game of the season today, looked like he'd never been away with two boundaries and great running between the wickets. Vaughan
was dismissed with just six runs to win. Sharjito Islam (0*) came to the crease but he didn't face a ball, meaning that Gani took the away side home to a well deserved victory.
Dave Hannigan's side are in action again tomorrow as they face Ingleton in the Division 2 T20 Semi Finals day at Ambleside CC (2:30pm start).