ON ANOTHER blustery but dry day Bolton-le-Sands entertained Arnside who had been scoring runs for fun.
Sands captain Mike Wolfenden won the toss and decided to bowl. It looked a good call when Jonty Hill removed Shepherd and former Kendal pro Howarth in his first two overs.
Adam Richardson joined Adrian Lee and they carved out a stand of 132, dispatching any loose deliveries to the boundary.
Lee was dropped by young Cole off his dad Alan’s bowling, and Richardson was bowled by the late in-swing of Ireland for 61.
Hogg started circumspectly and then Lee was unlucky to fall four short of a century with Hill hitting the stumps again.
This seemed to upset Hogg who suddenly bludgeoned 48 in the blink of an eye enabling the visitors to declare on 228 for 4 from 40 overs.
Hill (3) and Ireland (1) were the wicket takers, Adam Dyson and Alan Cole bowled well for no reward.
In reply Wolfenden drove Shepherd’s third ball for four then hit the next straight to backward point, whereupon Mark Clarkson hit the next two balls for four.
However Alan Cole mistimed a pull, Clarkson drove to cover point, Ireland played on to Howarth, and the score was suddenly 25-4.
Arnside had been unable to bowl out a side this season so when stalwart Rob Clarkson was joined by the sweeping talent of Adam Dyson there was a possible glimmer of light.
They took the score to 57 before Dyson fell lbw, Clarkson hit 26 in boundaries, a glorious six over cover being the pick of the bunch, before he was bowled by Howarth for 30.
The tail soon disappeared as Howarth, who missed out with the bat but made up for it with the ball.
Bowling wicket to wicket he took the last six wickets for six runs in 24 balls to finish with 7-18.
Another disappointing display from Sands who remain without a point, the positive being the bowling of young Jonty Hill who is improving with every game.
Arnside 228-4 dec
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