Carlisle slip to a six-wicket defeat at Furness in the North Lancs and Cumbria Premier Division

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Carlisle slipped to a six-wicket defeat at Furness in the North Lancs and Cumbria Premier Division.

After winning the toss and batting first, Carlisle lost skipper Marc Brown lbw to Kiwi paceman Seth Rance for a fourth-ball duck.

But despite Rance’s menace with the ball, young batsmen Ben Davidson (68) and James Dawson (33) rebuilt the innings, before Barbadian Justin Greaves completed a fine 71 to lift the visitors’ total to 219-6 on a typically batsman-friendly Furness pitch.

Carlisle’s need for early wickets was literally hamstrung by an injury to Greaves who had to hand responsibility to his young colleagues.

They toiled willingly, but the home side’s impressive top order put together a series of partnerships that edged them comfortably over the line with more than seven overs to spare.

Deciding to bat against Dalton, Cockermouth could only post 120, skipper Gareth White making half of the total with 61. Dalton’s John Bell with 3 for 20 and Mark Gibson, 3 for 28, doing most the damage.

Dalton went to a good and welcome win in the in the 32nd over, making 123 for 5.

Batting first, Workington’s run makers were back in form. Callum Moffat’s 94, with 11 fours, helped the home side to total 238 for 5 in their 50 overs.

After tea, Cleator struggled throughout their innings and were dismissed for 111 in 35 overs. James Rogers at No.9 top-scored with 39. Workington’s Matthew Lowden returned 4 for 23 in 12 overs.

Keswick were in first against Wigton and were in trouble at 108 for 5, but No.7 James McGown made a vital 54 not out and the Fitz Park side were 212 for 9 in their 50 overs.

The Wigton innings was all about Mike Slack who opened and was last out for 123. Nobody else got 20 or more and Wigton were all out in the 48th over for 195.

Keswick’s Glen Weightman took 4 for 39 in nine overs.

In the First Division, Workington won the toss and batted against Seascale but not very confidently.

Despite 61 from Nick Wood and an unbeaten 48 from Paul McKeown, the visitors could only total 138 all out in the 39th over. Danny Lee took 6 for 20.

In reply, Seascale batted steadily and won in the 34th over, scoring 139 for 5. Joe Hammond making 35 and Alan Kirkham 30.

Whitehaven chose to bat against Millom and made a good start with the top order making 114 between them.

The rest of the batting was not very productive and the visitors were limited to an all out total of 156 in the 45th over. Millom’s pro Sameera Sadamal took 5 for 41 in his 15 overs.

After tea, Millom soon lost both openers, but Sadamal, 82 not out and Danny Fallows 55 not out, saw them to 159 for 2 in 34 overs and an important 10 points.

In the Second Division, Furness put Cleator in and, despite 47 from Ian Clark, the home side could only muster a total of 118 all out in the 41st over. Furness opening bowler Sam Stephens took 3 for 25 in 12 overs.

In reply, Furness went to a comfortable win in the 34th over, making 123 for 3. Gareth Smith made 59 not out and Wyll Stanway 28.

There was some high scoring at Kirkby.

Egremont had first knock and, after losing both openers cheaply, made a good recovery. Alex Hodgson with 91 and 42 from Matthew Hunter saw the visitors to 201 for 6 in 50 overs.

Kirkby’s top order went off like a train, Paul New, 55, Mike Fugler, 44 not out, Alastair Bradley, 37 not out and Rob Fugler, 28, saw their side to the win at 204 for 3 with four overs to spare.

In the Third Division, Haverigg had first knock and got a good start, losing their first wicket at 66, and after their 40 overs, were 159 for 7. Anthony Johnson carried his bat for 79, supported by James Murray, 28, and Gavyn Chesher, 24. Egremont’s Ollie Wilford took 5 for 59 in his 10 overs.

Egremont had a poor day with the bat to be 60 all out in the 22nd over. Haverigg’s Sam Huddleston took 7 for 15 in his 10 overs

Whitehaven batted first against Vickerstown, and with 57 from opener Raghavendra Kurkal, an unbeaten 37 from Neil Harrison, and Howard Carpenter’s 34, they posted 167 for 9 at tea. Vickerstown’s Craig Pickering returned an excellent 5 for 41 in nine overs.

Two men short, Vickerstown lost wickets regularly before being 93 all out, Arnie Luxon making 20. Whitehaven’s Stuart Whitelock took 4 for 24 in 10 overs.

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