Young cricket players shone in a Copeland derby this past weekend as Egremont defeated Whitehaven.

Egremont’s Third Team, made up of mostly under 15s, were victorious against Whitehaven’s fours, a younger but motivated side.

The winning team were victorious by eight wickets, making 162 runs.

Olly Wilford contributed 77 runs. Mike Williams, secretary of Egremont Cricket Club, said: “He’s only 15 so that was a good knock for him.”

Lewis Hunter, aged 16, put up 42 runs with Olivia Brinsden contributing 24 not out.

Lewis also took three wickets, with the rest shared between Sam Williams, Alice Thompson, Olivia and Olly Wilford.

In a brave reply, Whitehaven’s Fourth Team made 54 all out.

Mr Williams said: “It was a good game and it was lucky to go ahead – we had a downpour that morning."

He added that players of Whitehaven’s Fourth Team is largely made up of players under 13 and under 15.

“Whitehaven should be congratulated, it’s the first time they’ve put a Fourth Team out.”

Cricket was one of the first sports to return following the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Williams said: “Everybody is just pleased to be back. It’s great to have cricket going again.”

Cleator Cricket Club’s First Team clinched a big win over Workington on the Saturday, winning by 35 runs.

Whitehaven’s First Team are set to clash with that of Workington on Saturday in two 20-over games. Workington currently hold two wins over Whitehaven and they will make the trip to The Playground for the contest.

The games are part of a Cumbrian tournament in the Premier Division North West. The Lukeys Sports-sponsored tournament will conclude with a Cumbrian final in September.

Whitehaven’s club secretary Arthur Lamb said: “The previous game was quite close, hopefully we’ll see that again on Saturday.”

Whitehaven’s Third Team will also play this weekend as they face Threlkeld’s Second Team. In a Copeland derby on the same day, Whitehaven’s Fourth Team will take on Seascale Cricket Club.

Saturday August 29 will see Whitehaven Cricket Club’s First Team take on that of Cleator Moor Cricket Club in what is sure to be a pivotal match in the ongoing Cumbrian tournament. That contest is scheduled to take place at the JD Campbell Memorial Ground.