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Double cup final day for Shireshead & Forton Cricket Club

Shireshead & Forton’s 1st XI, photo by Mike Dent.

Shireshead & Forton Cricket Club’s first and second teams will both play in cup finals this Sunday.

Both rearranged finals will be played on the same day on the same ground at Netherfield in Kendal.

The Division One Hackney & Leigh Cup Final will take place first at 1pm between Shireshead & Forton’s 1st XI and Burneside’s 1st XI.

Burneside will still have to bat again despite an impressive innings in the abandoned game. Their score two weeks ago will count for nothing.

The Division Two British Rose Cup Final between Shireshead & Forton’s 2nd XI and Netherfield’s 3rd XI will take place around 4.30pm or slightly earlier if the first game finishes in good time.

Last year, Burneside’s 1st XI won the Hackney & Leigh Cup and Shireshead & Forton’s 2nd XI won the British Rose Cup. No doubt both clubs will be attempting to retain their respective cups.

If Shireshead & Forton are successful in both competitions it will be a great day for the village club, weather depending of course!

The recent great British weather has seen long periods of persistent rain this summer that has caused chaos with the Westmorland Cricket League’s calendar, with very few local matches going ahead, either being postponed before play or abandoned mid-game.

The Westmorland Cricket League scheduled four T20 Divisional Cup final days this year and the recent poor weather has interfered with them all.

Finals day in each WCL division sees four cricket teams that have already gone through the qualifying group stages and a quarter final meet up at a pre-selected WCL ground and compete in two semi-finals, the victors in each semi-final then playing in the cup final which is held on the same day at the same cricket ground.

On Sunday August 6, the rearranged finals day of the WCL Division Three Kendal Trophies sponsored cup was held at Heysham Cricket Club. Ingleton were the strongest team and took the cup back to North Yorkshire.

Just a few miles down the road at Westgate Cricket Club, the WCL Division Four Moon & Coxhill Trophy was being contested with Morecambe’s 4ths eventually lifting the cup for the second year in a row, a great achievement for a fairly young side.

Read more here.

The Division One Hackney & Leigh finals day was held at Netherfield’s Cricket Club on Sunday July 30. Both semi-finals were played without incident setting up an exciting final between Burneside’s 1st XI and Shireshead & Forton’s 1st XI. The final got underway, but just as Burneside finished their twenty overs on 182 for 6, the heavens opened and the final was sadly abandoned.

In the Division Two British Rose Cup, it was a familiar story on finals day at Warton Cricket Club on July 9 where, after the semi-finals had taken place, rain stopped play.

The weather intervention this time prevented the final between Shireshead & Forton 2nd XI and Netherfield’s 3rd XI from taking place before play had commenced.

Netherfield Cricket Club is on Parkside Road, Kendal LA97BL. It is on the adjacent side of the road to Kendal Town Football Club.

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