Westmorland Cricket League: Warton remain unbeaten

Warton Cricket Club 2014.
Warton Cricket Club 2014.
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Warton stayed unbeaten with a winning draw against Sedgwick in the Westmorland Cricket League Division One on Saturday.

The hosts posted 132-7 batting first before restricting Sedgwick to 84-8 to take nine points to their visitors’ one.

Sedgwick had asked Warton to bat on a slightly green wicket and their bowlers found swing and plenty of movement, in particular Johnny Matthews (4-28).

Warton lost early wickets as none of the top four reached double figures and at 45-4 they were in real trouble as Matthew Poole departed for five which left Dan Dixon and Gareth Finney to rebuild the innings in what turned out to be a crucial half century stand which turned the game.

Both players picked off the odd loose ball and batted sensibly against some excellent bowling.

Finney’s huge six took more pressure off as Warton passed the 100 mark. Dixon continued to play positively and batted through for an excellent 38 not out and Finney was caught behind for 30.

In reply, Sedgwick lost the crucial wicket of Adam Hornby bowled by the excellent Jack Brown for a duck and Warton continued to find much needed early wickets as Graeme Crowther once again bowled superbly taking 5-31 as he bowled right through the innings.

Brown bowled well for figures of 3-30 from 15 overs.

Warton had rescued the match and despite changing the bowling round to try to force the win Sedgwick hung on.

Elsewhere in the division, Milnthorpe hung on for a losing draw against Westgate as the visitors posted 136-9 and restricted their hosts to 104-9.

Reigning champions Arnside romped to victory over Bolton-le-Sands who were bowled out for 47 while Silverdale slipped to defeat at Windermere.