Carlisle Cricket Club's hopes of a league and cup double were dashed at Cleator on Sunday, amidst the euphoria of England’s Test triumph.

The umpires allowed an extended tea interval between innings to watch the climax of the Ashes clash at Headingley - but it didn’t inspire Carlisle.

The Cumbria Cricket League Premier Division leaders, who are 15 points clear with three games to play, are within touching distance of the title, but they won’t be adding the County Cup to the trophy cabinet at Edenside.

A low-scoring contest saw the city side dismissed for 69 as they tried to chase down a modest home total of 116-9.

They had slumped to 25-6, with the cream of the batting back in the pavilion, and only gained some form of respectability through a gritty unbeaten 29 from James Dawson.

David Blackwell, who has been plagued by hamstring injuries this season, was fired up and took 4-12, while James Rogers had 3-11.

Earlier, Cleator had also been in trouble and struggling on 32-4 when Chris Quin came in and stayed resolute with a patient 42 not out from 93 balls, only hitting three boundaries.

But it was an innings which enabled the hosts to reach 116-9 from their 40 overs.

Carlisle bowled tightly with Fraser Conn (2-11), Michael Slack (2-19) and Henry Walker (2-27) returning the best figures.

In the final, Cleator will play old rivals Cockermouth with the match to be played at Wigton on a date to be announced.