The 2018 GMCL League Cup final - sponsored by PER-FIT Windows - got under way on Sunday 2nd September after being rain cancelled twice.
Therefore the anticipation for the game was heightened - and that added to the fact that both teams had been having very successful league campaigns with Swinton Moorside CC challenging for promotion to the Premiership and Westleigh CC having achieved promotion the day before to Division 1.
The game, played at Bamford Fieldhouse, proved to very competitive with both fielding sides restricting the batters to small partnerships with tight bowling and fielding.
Batting first, Swinton Moorside managed to post 155 with pro Ali Azmat top scoring with 26. Tight bowling from Westleigh and especially Andy Lloyd with 2 for 26 restricted Swinton Moorside through taking wickets at crucial times.
The same was repeated in the second innings with early wickets and then the regular breaking of threatening partnerships.
Ali Azmat was possibly the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets and Andy Lloyd, batting at 9, top scored with 30. But it was in vain as Westleigh were all out some 27 runs short.
Massive thanks to Bamford Fieldhouse for hosting, Sponsors PER-FIT Windows, the tea ladies for a great tea, scorers and umpires.
Man of the match - decided after much discussion was Andy Lloyd from Westleigh CC.
This game was played in the true spirit of the GMCL - competitive but respectful to umpires, opposition and spectators - well done!