Readers Westmorland Cricket League Division Two
CONISTON made the long trip down to Morecambe to take on Bare at Cross Hill Park but left empty handed as Bare gained a comprehensive victory.
Having won the toss, Bare elected to bat first on a day of complete contrast to the previous week at Ingleton, a superb summer’s day, under glorious sunshine.
Once again though Bare started poorly as Smith (0) and Cheetham (4) were dismissed inside the first seven overs and slumped to 18-2, however Andrew Sharman, on his 18th birthday, put on 35 before the next wicket fell at 53 with Sharman adjudged lbw for 17.
Osmotherly was, however, playing well having opened the innings, and along with skipper Moller (20) added 55 before Moller was well caught at point.
Osmotherly continued to dominate the Bare innings and reached his 50 with two successive boundaries from an ailing Coniston bowling attack.
Cook (17) along with Osmotherly took the score up to 147 and aided by John Sharman (16no) Osmotherly pushed on into the 90s as he began to smash the Coniston attack around the ground. Finally on 94 he drove a straight six to bring up a superb 100 and went on to make a glorious unbeaten 111 enabling Bare to declare on 209-5.
Coniston opening bowler J Morgan was the most successful with 2-41.
As in Bare’s previous home game, the opposition lost early wickets as Craig Albon took three quick wickets to leave Coniston on 10-3 and looking down the barrel of defeat when Bransby (1-10) took a fourth and Coniston reduced to 28-4.
Opening bat G Wilkinson, however, hadn’t given up the battle as he featured in a stand of 48 with J Morgan (12) but once Lockwood (3-30) and Cook (3-18) entered the attack Coniston collapsed to 89-8 as opener Wilkinson departed for a patient 53, well caught by Smith.
Cook took two splendid sharp catches to finish the innings as Coniston were bowled out for 105 in just 37 overs.