Carlisle Cricket Club and leaders Furness continue to see off their respective opposition, with their pending clash at Edenside on June 8 a key moment in the Cumbria Cricket League Premier Division title race.

There are matches to be won before then, however, and hopefully, there won’t be any weather interruptions to affect what promises to be an exciting battle for the championship.

It was an abandoned game with Keswick which has kept Carlisle six points in arrears of their south Cumbrian rivals who have won every game so far.

The pair are starting to pull away from the rest of the field with Carlisle, in turn, nine points ahead of third-placed Dalton.

Both have intriguing clashes with near-neighbours tomorrow afternoon, and the respective opposition have good reason to be looking for surprise victories.

Carlisle have a well-balanced side and the arrival of Mike Slack as professional has proved a successful and smooth transition from their recent overseas recruits.

Slack, of course, will be facing Wigton for the first time since he left Lowmoor Road to join Carlisle which adds an extra bit of spice to a derby clash.

Wigton won their first game of the season but have not been successful since, and only have winless Egremont below them.

Like Wigton, Furness don't have far to travel for their game as they are taking on Dalton.

Last week, Carlisle had Lindal Moor 37-5 and although they did better from the lower-order, they were bowled out for 114 with Slack (4-46), Phil Frazer (3-34) and Henry Walker (3-29) sharing the bowling and the wickets.

It was a target they achieved in 27.2 overs with seven wickets in hand as skipper Marc Brown (43 not out), Slack (35) and Alex Raybound (30 not out) saw them home.

Furness had even more in hand as they hammered Workington by 132 runs, bowling them out for 68 after making 200-9.

Professional Sachith Pathirana (4-10) and Mark Daly (4-20) did the damage.

Keswick’s season has taken off at last, boosted by the return of popular professional Geeth Kumara and, tomorrow, they will be looking to continue their progress at home to Lindal Moor.

After two successive wins, they gave it a good go at Cleator last week, failing by only 20 runs in a good, entertaining game.

But they fluffed their lines badly and, through a series of dropped catches and some woeful decision making with bat in hand, especially in respect of two totally needless run-outs, they somehow managed to throw away a winning position and hand the points to the opposition.

The only consolation, in making 193 in reply to Cleator’s 213-9, was that Keswick salvaged five important batting points from the encounter.

Kumara took 6-81 and made 34, while William Atkinson top-scored with 61.

Wigton were looking to get back to winning ways at home to Millom but were well beaten in the end, bowled out for 83 in pursuit of the visitors’ 190.

Skipper Nico Watt took 5-52 and sub-pro Jovaun Van Wyngaardt impressed with a top-scoring 41.