Shireshead First XI cemented their position in second place in Division 1 of the Westmoreland League with a thumping 144 run win over Trimpell. Although runaway leaders Carnforth seem out of sight, holding onto second place in the League and a Cup Final prospect on 8th August in the Hackney and Leigh final means that all is to play for for Steve Yates’ men.

It was very much a team performance as Shires posted 215 for 9 in their 45 overs. First team debutant Ernie Collinson (16) looked the part as he and Joe Cunliffe (20) laid the foundation. Jack Cunnington kept the momentum going wit 20 but Steven Foy (35) and Jack Dodd (35) stretched the score towards 200; and Paul Coulton hit 28 in 24 balls as the tail wagged.

Trimpell were soon in trouble at 5 for 2, the mercurial Jack Cunnington dismissing both openers. This paved the way for talisman Dave Jack to rip through the heart of the Trimpell line up, claiming 5 for 23 from his 12 overs. Joe Oliver and Jack Cunnington both returned 2 for 15.

Shireshead 2nds visited Kendal to take on Netherfield 3rds, and despite the home team making 171, Shires reached the target with over 10 overs and 5 wickets to spare. This was thanks mainly to 6 for 13 from Gareth Bleasedale in the first innings and the runs from veterans Paul Yates (48) and Simon Gould (67). Luke Bray carried on his good form this season with 31 not out. The second are now 3rd in Division 2, equal points with Kirkby Lonsdale and just 5 points behind leaders Westgate.