Westgate suffer another defeat despite good start to both innings and impressive performance from youngsters
Westgate A suffered a three-wicket defeat away to Heysham A to continue poor form in Division 2.
By Jacob Vaughan
Westgate batted first and were all out for 145. Captain Dave Hannigan top scored with 50 runs, while Heysham's Harry Wallbank took 4-37.
Heysham reached the target in 38 overs, with 13-year-old Freddie Whatmuff starring with 35 runs. Sam Conroy took his best bowling figures of the season with 3-38.
On another hot day, captain Dave Hannigan had no hesitation in batting first after he won the toss.
Hannigan came out to the crease with vice-captain Jacob Vaughan and the two seemed intent on scoring early on. Westgate found themselves 28-0 from the first five, and then 53-0 off 10.
Drinks were called after 15 overs with Westgate on 68-0 and looking for a big score. However after an hour at the crease, Vaughan (33) found himself on the back foot to a nipping ball and was bowled by the impressive Smith (3-27).
Hannigan (50) brought up his 50 from 58 balls before nicking behind in the 21st. This was one of six wickets to fall after Vaughan departed, with Wallbank ripping through the middle order, leaving Westgate 109-7 after being 84-0.
With things not looking great, youngsters Rory Briggs and Joel Frith took their chance. The pair ran well putting on 27 for the last wicket before Briggs fell for 26 including five fours leaving Frith stranded on 12n.o.
After teas, Westgate set about taking the 10 wickets they desperately needed. They got an early breakthrough when Conroy (3-38) bowled Smith for 2. Heysham then reached 38-1 from seven overs before Vaughan (2-36) bowled Parker and had Powers caught by debutant Rob Olde in the eighth.
Conroy then bowled captain Cross in the 11th before they both reached their age restricted over limit and had to be removed from the attack. Dakshina De Silva (1-18) came on and removed Chilton before the wickets dried up.
Dave Whitaker later hit a ball into the outfield before falling face down in his crease and tearing his achilles. Despite his teammate being on the floor, Wallbank continued running and was run out at the bowlers end. The umpires decided that as there was a 'serious injury', the ball was dead and Wallbank was reprieved.
The injury to Whittaker changed the game as 13 year old Freddie Whatmuff (35) came to the crease. He played a brilliant innings including seven 4s before being caught behind off the bowling of Conroy, after Wallbank had fallen to McMenamin (1-21).
Will Kitching finished the game with an excellent 28 not out to leave Westgate once again feeling disappointed after doing so many things right.