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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Champions Furness end season with big win against Whitehaven

Champions Furness finished off their season on a high, with a 107-run victory over Whitehaven in one of only three matches to reach a conclusion.

The final weekend of the season saw weather play a big part with the majority of games being abandoned but Furness, playing at home, posted 183-6 against Whitehaven, opener Majid Jehangir led the way on 42, supported by Glenn Capstick with 35.

Then Tom Smith came in to bat and his unbeaten 47 saw Furness through the innings, despite the best efforts of Whitehaven pro Ryan Butterworth, who picked up four wickets for the loss of 62 runs.

In reply, Butterworth opened with 28 but that was to be the highest score as many of the remaining batsmen struggled to get into double figures and were dismissed for just 76.

Peter Lawson did most of the damage for Furness, claiming 4-28, supported by Jordan Buchanan with 3-1.

Last season’s champions Workington were also in action, picking up 17 points from a winning draw over Kirkby at the Valentine Ground.

Batting first, the home side were 215-6 at the end of the innings.

Kristian Moffat was in fine form with the bat, making 65 before he was run out, with further contributions from Jordan Whinn with 43, and Andrew Ireland’s unbeaten 40.

Rob Fugler got Kirkby off to a good start with his 52, supported by P New, with 46. The remainder of the attack faltered but they did enough to hang on to their final wicket on 159-9 to get a share of the points. Matthew Gorley had the best return for Workington, with 3-40.

Keswick v Haverigg, Millom v Cockermouth, Penrith v Lindal Moor and Dalton v Cleator were all abandoned due to the weather.

In division one, it is Carlisle and Vickerstown who have secured promotion back to the top flight next season. Vickerstown did start their game against Egremont but they were 3-1 when the weather intervened and the match was called off.

The only game to reach an end was Cleator II v Ulverston with the west Cumbrians winning by 45 runs.

Tom Benn top scored with 34 as Cleator II posted 110 before they were dismissed but Ulverston did not fare well in the batting stakes either, all out for 65 in reply as David Glover picked up 6-24.

Appleby Eden v Keswick II, Duddon SC v Workington II, Lanercost v Carlisle and Wigton v Hawcoat Park were all off.

In Division two, Seascale and Windscale finished off their seasons with an exciting game that went down to the very last ball. Seascale were put into bat and got off to a great start again thanks to openers Lee Fleet, 50 and Jack Graham, 72 putting on 105 for the first wicket in 31 overs.

After that the innings subsided somewhat and with four overs being lost due to rain, Seascale eventually declared on 175-6 after 48 overs. Alan Kirkham did best with the ball for Windscale taking 4-34.

In reply, Windscale got off to a slow start but some useful contributions from Ian Van Mourik, 28, Tom Van Mourik, 28, and Simon Wilson, 41, brought them back into it and at 153-6 after 40 overs they were handily placed.

Three quick wickets for Seascale however reduced Windscale to 159-9 and it was Seascale that were now looking favourites. The last pair however clung on and eventually required six to win off the last over. Five runs were taken off the first five balls and with the scores level the number 11 hit the last ball for four, Windscale taking the 18 points on 179-9.

Steve Brown Snr, 4-74, Steve Brown Jnr, 2-29 and Jack Stubbings, 2-18 did best with the ball for Seascale who took eight bonus points from the game.

Both teams can reflect on successful seasons with Seascale finishing runners-up in the league and pushing Millom Reserves all the way to the very last game of the season and Windscale finishing a very respectable fourth.

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