Westgate suffer narrow defeat despite Conroy's maiden 50
Westgate suffered a two-wicket defeat to a strong Trimpell side today despite an unbeaten 50 from 18-year-old Sam Conroy.
On a glorious day at Cross Hill Park, Westgate captain Dave Hannigan won the toss and elected to bat.
The hosts started relatively well until when in the eighth over Hannigan (8) was bowled LBW by Michael Bland (3-30) to leave them 16-1.
Phil Webster (0) soon followed four overs later, and the loss of Chris Carter LBW (15) and Jacob Vaughan (4) bowled by a peach ball from Stewart Burrow (1-37) left Westgate in trouble on 33-4 from 15 overs.
A partnership worth 43 runs between Conroy (50*) and Abdul Rehman (18) proved crucial as Westgate took the score to a more respectable 71-5 in the 31st over when Rehman fell LBW to James Ferguson (2-25).
Another 21 runs was added between Conroy and Robbie Green (9) before the latter was out caught by Burrow off Ferguson's bowling.
Joe Phelan (1) soon followed, and then James Main (6*) provided good resilient batting to put on 30 runs with Conroy and take the score from 93-7 to 123-7 from 45 overs. Conroy also got his maiden 50 in the final over. His impressive innings included five 4s.
Westgate made the best possible start to the second innings as Jacob Vaughan (4-37) removed Paul Thompson (0) first ball. The momentum continued for the vice-captain as his first three overs were maidens.
Trimpell pushed on however but their next wicket came in the seventh over when Andrew Churton (8) was bowled by Vaughan.
The scoreboard continued to tick over for the visitors with Bland (10), Ferguson (6) and James Lambert (20) all making valuable partnerships with the ever present Chris Cannon (62*) who won the visitors the game. Rehman (2-22) and Conroy (2-30) got through the trio however to take the score to 90-5 in the 28th over.
Burrow (4) was the latest victim of Conroy's bowling soon after, before Sam Freear (0) and Pete McDermid (0) were both removed by Vaughan for no score keeping Westgate in with a chance.
It was a close finish, but number 10 batsman Paul Russell (0*) remained at the crease allowing the brilliant Cannon to carry Trimpell over the line.
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