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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Title talk can wait, say North Lancs leaders Cockermouth

Leaders Cockermouth are not yet eyeing the North Lancs Cumbria Premier Division title, pledged secretary Geoff Minshaw.

Cockermouth head last season’s champs Furness by six points and host lowly Lindal Moor tomorrow, while Furness will also be hoping to prove too strong for visitors Carlisle.

But Minshaw said: “We haven’t even thought about the league (title) and are taking every game as it comes. If five or six games from the end of the season we are still up there, we might start to dream about it a little.

“I knew Furness would come on strong, they have the experience, and I’m sure a lot of people are tipping them to overtake us eventually. But we are there on merit and still playing good cricket.

“No disrespect to Lindal, because any team can beat any other, but we will be looking to take maximum points on Saturday.”

Big games are coming thick and fast for the pacesetters, who this month face league clashes with local rivals Workington, Furness and Millom, in third. They also have County Cup and Higson Cup dates, but Minshaw is not complaining.

“These are the ones you look forward to, where you test yourself,” he added. “It has been a real team effort from the first game onwards.”

Meanwhile, Cumberland have reached the MCCA Trophy final thanks to 71 from Gary Pratt, who hit the winning runs with just three balls to spare against Dorset at Bournemouth.

In the final they will face either Staffordshire or Wiltshire at Wormsley, near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, the picturesque ground developed by the late billionaire Paul Getty.

“It’s the first time Cumberland have reached the final since 1989, so it’s an achievement,” said Minshaw, who doubles as county scorer.

“The final is normally played at Lord’s which would have been nice, but Olympic archery is being held there this year.”

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