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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Cockermouth confident ahead of Workington clash

Early North Lancs and Cumbria pacesetters Cockermouth are taking their lofty status in their stride ahead of Saturday’s big test against Workington.

The leaders have gathered maximum points from their two outings, as have Millom, but are primed for a more searching examination of their potential.

“We are guarding against expectations,” said Geoff Minshaw, Cockermouth secretary. “No disrespect to Kirkby or Lindal, but they haven’t got pros, and we’ve had a slightly easier start.

“Our season really starts this week against Workington. After five games we’ll be able to judge where we are at.

“There are loads of low scores at this time of year and you can come unstuck. Whitehaven were bowled out for 64 last week and Keswick for 58.

“In that respect it has been pretty good for us to get two wins.

“Workington have lost Callum Moffat, who broke his leg playing rugby, but they’ve had the same side for six or seven years, experienced players who know how to play.

“It will be a more open league this year.

“Penrith have had a decent start, and Workington will be up there.

“It promises to be an exciting season and a good league. Furness will still be a strong side and be there or thereabouts.

“They are still the team to beat, but hopefully a few will challenge them.”

Gareth White, who missed much of last season after breaking his collar bone in an off-field accident, is back in the Cockermouth fold.

He was the sixth-ranked amateur in the Premier Division batting averages in 2010, hitting 625 runs in 17 innings, for a superb average of over 41.

Richard Webster has switched from Keswick, but Greg Platten has been told to rest for eight weeks following sternum surgery last year.

Millom’s strong start to the season will be tested against champs Furness, while third-placed Penrith, if other results go their way, could snatch top spot against basement club Lindal.

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