Westmorland Cricket League: Heysham and Shireshead play out thrilling tie

Heysham bowler Andy Ideson in action against Shireshead. Picture: Tony North
Heysham bowler Andy Ideson in action against Shireshead. Picture: Tony North

Heysham and Shireshead played out a thrilling tie at Carr Lane on Saturday.

Both teams came away with eight points after a game that had stuttered along for 80 overs before springing into life in the in the final 10 thanks to a stunning 70 not out from home wicketkeeper Andy Powers.

Shirehead batsman Paul Yates in action against Heysham. Picture: Tony North

Shirehead batsman Paul Yates in action against Heysham. Picture: Tony North

Having decided to bat first, Shireshead advanced to 39-1 in the 12th over but the first of two collapses saw them reduced to 61 for 5.

Robert Skipworth and Sam Hilton (20) added 27 before a further collapse left the visitors reeling at 100 for 9 with 13 overs remaining.

They were indebted to Uzair Shah (27 not out) and Dave Murphy (22 not out) who added 61 with great composure, striking eight boundaries in the process with their final total of 161-9 defendable but below par with Andrew Ideson taking 5-59.

The Heysham reply began circumspectly and the hosts had reached 81 for 4 at the end of the 35th over, halfway to the target but with only 10 overs remaining.

There was no sign of the onslaught to come as Powers suddenly accelerated in the company of Jamie Antcliffe (28 not out) towards potential victory.

Fifteen runs came from the 42nd over leaving just 26 required from the last 18 balls, and this soon became eight runs needed from the final over to be bowled by Shah.

When Antcliffe struck the second ball of the over for four Heysham were clear favourites to win, but Shah held his nerve and only one run came from the next three balls to leave three needed for victory from the final ball of the innings.

And a scrambled two meant the game ended with honours even.