Further disappointment for Westgate ‘A’ as they struggle to match Bare
Another day full of 'what ifs'
Westgate A hosted Bare in their first encounter this season in what was set to be a tough game for Hannigans XI.
Westgate won the toss elected to bat on what looked another good wicket, evidently batting conditions. David Stephenson (26) and Rob Olde (19) got the home side off to a steady start with a partnership of 49 by the 17th over before Olde was caught off the bowling of Copsey (2-14). Skipper Hannigan (43*) then joined Stephenson at the crease looking to make amends after falling for 0 the previous week. Hannigan got himself off the mark comfortably and looked to keep the scoreboard ticking. The 20th over presented Bare with their second wicket of the match, Copsey taking his second scalp of Stephenson as he became the latest member of the prestigious ‘26’ club. Westgate’s total now on 56. Vice-captain, Jacob Vaughan (8) then took to the crease, forming a partnership of 25 alongside his skipper to take Westgate’s total to 81 before falling to the bowling of John (2-19). Next in was Chris Carter (2) who was soon removed cheaply by Bhardwaj (1-17). With the hosts on 84, this looked to be another middle order crumble for Westgate. Sam Conroy (9) joined Hannigan at the wicket to put on a partnership of 19 before Conroy was caught and bowled by John (2-19) in the 37th over, their total now on 103. Sid Gani (8) made his long-awaited return to the side and managed a partnership of 21 with skipper Hannigan (43*) taking the total to 124 before Gani was out LBW by Cooke (3-33). Cooke then went on to take a hat-trick with Rehman (0) and youngster Rory Briggs (0) being his next two victims. This left Joel Frith (1) and Joe Phelan (6*) to aid Hannigan (43*) and their side to a total of 139 from their 45 overs.
Westgate hoped to get off to a good start in the field to give them a chance of gaining the valuable points needed to push on in the league. Openers Sam Conroy (1-43) and Jacob Vaughan (1-30) bowled their first 6 overs to no avail as Bare rushed to 51 by the 10th over. Martin (10) being Westgate’s only wicket, caught from Vaughan’s bowling by Joe Phelan. Opener Osmotherly (81) getting the bulk of the runs for the visitors. A partnership of 51 from Osmotherly (81) and White (16) took Bare to a total of 93 for 1 by the 17th over until the ever-impressive Sid Gani (2-14) claimed his first victim, White (16). Westgate provided some fight back as their third wicket came in the 25th over, this time Rehman (3-53) claiming the scalp of Bhardwaj (9). Bare took their score to 119 until Rehman (3-53) claimed his second of the match, this time Neville (2). Osmotherly found his luck had finally ran out after being clean bowled by Gani (2-14) yet again proving class is permanent. Osmotherly finishing on an impressive 81. With the visitors’ total on 119, they looked to take their time in scoring the winning runs. A slight hiccup along the way with John (2) falling to Rehman (3-53) and Jay (7) becoming Conroy’s one and only wicket of his disappointing spell. Cooke (12*) and Copsey (0*) took their side to victory in the 35th over, winning by 3 wickets and claiming all 15 points.
Many thanks to Watson’s Bakery on being the match ball sponsor for this game.