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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Champions Carlisle look to end season in style

Carlisle secretary Dick Scott is hoping the weather stays fair enough for Carlisle to complete their season closing showdown against Lanercost tomorrow.

Scott believes the team would have gone on to defeat Cleator last week if the game hadn’t been stopped by the rain.

“The weather prevented us from picking up a probable victory in the last game. Hopefully, it will be a different story on Saturday,” said Scott.

But Scott is wary of complacency against second bottom Lanercost as the Edensiders aim to complete the season, losing only one match.

“Its a good opportunity for the players to put on a good performance in the last game and I’m sure they will be confident of doing so,” he said.

Carlisle have been boosted by the return of captain Glenn Clark who knocked 65 last weekend.

“Glenn came back and put in an excellent performance in difficult conditions so as long as it stays dry we have got a good chance.

“It is going to be a fairly relaxed atmosphere because our main work for the season has been done, but the lads will still want to score a few runs,” added Scott.

Keswick chairman Keith Richardson believes his team can pull off a sixth victory of the season against Haverigg which could propel them to their best ever finish in the Premier Division.

“We really want to finish fourth and get a good finish, I think that would be a fantastic achievement for the team and add to the great team spirit we have here,” he said.

The club have defied the predictions of many who said they would face a relegation battle this year, and Richardson believes top order batsman Richard Webster, has played a big part in their fortunes.

Keswick have plans to improve the profile of the club and are looking to make big changes to their ground, with additions to the pavilion and a new scoring area with an electronic scoreboard in the pipeline.

Along with the changes to the ground, Richardson is hoping the team can make a few additions which could see them challenging for the title next year.

“If we can bring in one or two quality players and add to the talent we already have, then that improved competition for places in the team we could see us up there next season.” he said.

Former England cricket captain Graham Gooch will be at Edenside on Sunday for Carlisle Cricket Club’s charity day between 2.30pm and 5pm.

There is also a six-a-side cricket tournament, barbecue, car boot sale and family games and activities. Anyone requiring information about the event should ring Marc Brown on 01228 528593.

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