Reigning champions Carlisle Cricket Club’s second-team retained their Eden Valley Cricket League Senior Cup crown.

With the finals day being held at Nunwick on Sunday, the final pitted Premiership title rivals Caldbeck and Carlisle’s 2nds against one another.

Batting first, Carlisle got off to a decent start with openers Jordan Oultram (22) and Matty Trickett (27) putting on 48 for the opening partnership.

But when they had both gone, Carlisle struggled to up their run-rate until James Bell (14) delivered a couple of hefty sixes in the final over of his side’s innings, before he was run-out.

Phil Richardson (3-17) and Liam Bell (2-18) did most the damage with the ball for Caldbeck, while Jack Proudlock ended his three overs with impressive figures of 0-9.

In reply, Caldbeck never really got going as, in the end, Carlisle comfortably defended their total of 115/7.

A whole team effort saw Luke Westmorland end with figures of 2/11, Bell 2/14, Taryn Reay 3/19, spinner Johnny Westgarth 0/12 and man of the final Oultram taking three wickets and two catches in the field to cap off a superb all-round performance, with Caldbeck 83 all out with an over to spare.

In the first semi-final, with both last-four ties 18-overs-a-side, Caldbeck comprehensively beat Rockliffe by 30 runs.

Batting first, Steven Blake got Caldbeck off to a flyer with the highest individual score of the day. His 57-ball 82 not out included seven fours and four sixes.

Rob Benn (28) the only man out for Caldbeck who set an imposing total of 143/1.

In reply, Jonathan Paul Musgrave (36), John Wharton (20) and Robert Wharton (17 not out) did their utmost to give Rockcliffe half a chance. In the end, though, they fell well short of the target they had been set.

Richardson (1-16), Bell (1-11) and Matthew Strong (2-19) the stars with the ball for Caldbeck.

Also batting first in their semi-final, Carlisle had got off to a nervy start with Oultram dismissed for a duck against Stainton.

Matty Trickett (32), however, did give Carlisle a platform - which allowed Paul Glascott (42 not out) and skipper Olly Bradley (36 not out off just 17 balls) to provide some late firepower to get Carlisle to a total of 134/3.

Opening bowlers Martin Ruddick (0-19) and Liam Mulholland (2-10) offered the most economical figures by some distance for Stainton.

Only Adam Jakeman (18) and Ben Clementson (30) offered much in reply, before Reay got them both, with Carlisle coming out as comfortable victors.

The Eden Valley Junior Cup finals day is currently due to be played next month.