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Furness retain league title with week left

Furness retained the Carlsberg North Lancashire & Cumbria Cricket League title on Saturday, following a low-scoring victory over Haverigg.

The south Cumbrians ensured the title was theirs for the second consecutive year with a week of the regular season still remaining.

Haverigg batted first and were 120-8 at the close of their innings, with Stuart Horne claiming 4-27 for Furness.

Then Furness went into bat and influential professional Niel Bredenkamp led them home with his 42 as they hit 121 with eight wickets down to win.

Penrith remain in second place, despite going down to fifth placed Millom in another close encounter.

Martyn Challoner led the batting attack for Penrith with his 91, assisted by Upul Fernando with 75 as they posted 256-9 for their opponents to chase down.

And chase it they did as Millom reached 260 with just one wicket remaining to take the victory, Majid Jahangir in impressive form to claim a century before falling on 120, alongside Ryan Brown with 61. Matt Clarke did the most damage for Penrith with 6-41.

Keswick failed to capitalise on Penrith’s slip up as they try to keep in contention to snatch second place away from Penrith on the final day of the season. They lost at the hands of a rejuvenated Cockermouth and remain 10 points adrift of Penrith with only next weekend’s matches remaining.

Richard Webster was the main batsman to trouble the Cockermouth bowlers, is 70 proving the mainstay of the Keswick attack as they posted 155 before they were all dismissed.

Steve Chambers and Chris Hodgson proved an unstoppable bowling force, returning 4-12 and 4-45 respectively.

Cockermouth then led by Gareth White, unbeaten on 84, reached their goal with four wickets remaining, winning on 159-6.

Workington had a clear seven wicket win over Carlisle at Edenside, despite a good show by the city side.

Professional Saliya Saman was once again the leading runs maker for Carlisle, unbeaten on 81 as they closed on 179-5 at the break, with the wickets shared out for their visitors.

But then a great opening partnership between Andrew Reed and Callum Moffat put Workington on the right track.

Reed batted well but was caught and bowled just two short of his half century, with Moffat going on to make 88 before being stumped.

But it was a good enough start to allow other batsmen to continue and they reached victory with Matt Gorley unbeaten on 22 at 183-3.

Cleator’s total of 186 all out proved defendable against Whitehaven when the two sides clashed in their local derby.

Paul Duffett top scored with 59 in the Cleator total as Stephen Holliday returned 5-45 for their opponents.

Holliday then hit a fine 42 in Whitehaven’s reply but he lacked support and David Rooney whipped through to claim 4-36 and help dismiss them for 128.

The two relegated sides Vickerstown and Kirkby met, with their fates already decided as they will drop into division one next season.

But it was rock bottom Vickerstown who claimed the plaudits on this occasion, their 184-8 proving a winning score. Andy Ireland top scored with 57 as Mike Fugler claimed 3-28.

Kirkby were then all out for 151, despite a 41 from Paul New. Gareth Benson was the leading wicket taker with 3-29.

In division one, the title is still up for grabs but leaders Duddon SC and second placed Wigton are both guaranteed promotion next season, with no-one else able to catch them in the last weekend.

But with just two points separating the side, the title glory could still go either way.

They both did their chances no harm with maximum victories this weekend

Wigton claimed a five wicket victory over third placed Lindal Moor, ensuring their challenge for promotion ended.

Lindal were 184-8 at the break, J Hughes crafting a fine 79 as Mike Holliday picked up 4-52.

But Tom Fleming led Wigton home, unbeaten on 57 as they reached 185-5, despite the attentions of Hughes, who finished off a good display by taking 3-29.

Duddon’s Joe Alexander was the star of their game with Workington II. He claimed 6-24 as they held Workington to 122-8, then went on to make 40 in their winning reply of 126-5.

Appleby Eden, who were challenging earlier in the season, slipped back to fifth after a bad run of results was further compounded by a loss at the hands of Cleator II.

Appleby were 166-8 at the end of their allotted overs, as David Glover bowled well to contain them at 4-29.

Mark Ponticelli then brought his Cleator team home, his unbeaten 102 seeing them to the finish line on 169-8, despite Mark Ousby claiming 3-24 and Scott Clement 3-38.

Egremont remain rooted to the bottom of the table after they were beaten by fellow strugglers Lanercost.

Despite a fine 50 from Jason Norman Egremont could only post 135-8 in their allotted time and Lanercost hit back with 139-6, Keiron Foster also hitting 50.

Hawcoat Park were all out for 167 when they came up against Millom II, with Jake Pennington bowling well to claim 4-35.

Michael Gill, unbeaten on 59 and P Wilkinson, 55 not out, then combined to bring Millom II home on 171-4, despite Peter Wall claiming 4-38.



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