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Friday, 28 November 2014

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Whitehaven cricketers avoid the slip

COCKERMOUTH, needing eight points to be League champions, were at home to Whitehaven, who needed as many points as possible to try and avoid relegation.

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Last minute escape: David Watson bats for Whitehaven

Cockermouth inserted their visitors and Haven raced to 51-1 with Jonny Bruce (19) and Eddie Birkett (19) leading the way. Cockermouth spinner Chris Hodgson however put a brake on the scoring as Whitehaven reached a disappointing 111-9. The news from the Furness v Lindal game was not good as Furness had scored just 128.

Haven’s bowlers Habib Baloch 2-21 and 15-year-old Jack McNicholas 2-23 were superb as Cockermouth struggled to 41-5. Angus Carruthers then set his stall out to secure Cockermouth the points they required. he closed on 40 not out as the Home side reached 105-5. This gave Haven 12 points and Cockermouth 7. The news then came through that Lindal had capitulated against their Barrovian neighbours and had managed 99 all out. This saved Haven from relegation to ensure Premier League cricket at The Playground next season.

The season has been difficult for Whitehaven but they will be encouraged by the rapid development of McNicholas and fellow 15-year-old Chad Pearson. Dave Watson was superb with the bat as was Habib Baloch with the ball. New Zealander Jono Bennett also had a good season with bat and ball. Hopefully next year more of Haven’s talented youngsters will come to the fore.

Furness, at home to Lindal Moor, knew they had to win to have any chance of retaining their Champions title, and Lindal Moor knew they needed more points than Whitehaven. Due to mopping up operations, the overs were reduced from 100 to 68. Furness went in first, and soon lost both openers, both run out. Professional Ian Daniel made an important 37 and with support from Liam Gribbin’s 26, Furness were 129 for 8 after their 34 overs. Lindal’s John Atkinson took 4 for 37 in 13 overs. Lindal soon lost Colin Knight, but looked on course to get the draw, but Jordan Buchanan had other ideas and his 8 for 23 in 10.1 overs, saw Lindal Moor collapse to 94 for 9 and with the injured Jack Cumberbatch unable to bat, Furness had won by 35 runs, but were still one point behind Cockermouth. Lindal Moor will join Kirkby in the First Division in 2013.

In a cracking game at Cleator, the home side had first knock against Haverigg, and with 72 from James Rogers and 43 from Tom Sharpe, the innings closed on 200 for 6 wickets. Haverigg pro., Brenton Parchment returned 4 for 42 in his 15 overs. In reply Haverigg’s top order batted steadily, Robert Bell making 46 and Parchment, 34, but still found themselves 125 for 5. Skipper Steven Evans then played a typical knock and when overs ran out, Evans was 55 not out and Haverigg were 198 for 8, and had to settle for the draw.

In a game reduced to 80 overs, Millom batted first against visitors Kirkby, and with 87 from Geech Alwis, and 59 from Ian Swarbrick went in for tea at 229 for 8. Mike Etchells bowled his 15 overs, taking 4 for 68. After a moderate start, Mike Fugler with 48 and skipper Paul New with 43, pulled things round, and after 40 overs, Kirkby had got the draw at 168 for 9. Graham Dawson taking 7 for 48 in 15 overs.

Over 400 runs were scored in the Workington and Carlisle game. Home side Workington were 209 for 8 at tea, Matt Gorley making 93, and Callum Moffat 70. Carlisle’s pro. Saliya Saman taking 4 for 46. In reply Saman with an excellent 76, almost got his side a good win, but they had to be satisfied with the draw at 198 for 9. Matt Gorley took 4 for 61.

Keswick were at Penrith, and were all out for 185, Ben Sharp top scoring with 35. Jonathan Osborne, 4 for 47 and Marcus Todd, 4 for 55, bowled well for Penrith. In reply, Penrith did not bat very well and were all out for 136, Geech Kumara taking 6 for 18. Jonathan Osborne top scored with 34 not out.

League Champions: Cockermouth.

Relegated: Kirkby and Lindal Moor

Division One: Division One champions Appleby Eden ended their season with a crushing win against Egremont.

Batting first Appleby were able to declare after 41 overs at 181 for 4. Chris Kirkpatrick making 43. In reply Egremont were always in trouble and were dismissed for 98. Mark Ousby took 6 for 36.

Dalton finished their season with a home win over Workington II. Dismissing the West Cumbrians for 137, Dalton’s Rob Jones 3 for 8, and Tony Butler 3 for 31, doing the damage. Paul McEwan made 33 not out for Workington. After tea Dalton went to a comfortable win at 139 for 6, Rob Jones making 57 not out.Lanercost, hot favourites for relegation, rescued their season with a good home win over Penrith II. It didn’t seem that way at teatime with Lanercost being all out for 111, Jonny Robley making 30, and Penrith’s Liam Trevaskis taking 4 for 42 in his 15 overs. In reply Penrith batted badly to be all out for 78. Scott Simpson taking 4 for 25 in 15 overs and Robley 3 for 32.

Cleator II batting first at Seascale, were indebted to opener Dave Mossop’s 58, who received good support from Paul Knott, 27, and James Hocking, 26, and after 50 overs Cleator were 158 for 6, Danny Lee taking 4 for 33. In reply a good stand between Lee Fleet, 70, and Dave Stubbings, 27, led Seascale to a good win at 161 for 7. Cleator’s Gary Hall took 3 for 19.Ulverston were at Vickerstown, but could only post 117 all out, Steve Drage making 33, and Sam Beckman taking 3 for 21. Vickerstown also struggled with the bat, Beckman made 57 but it took a last wicket stand of 22 between Lauderdale and Humphries to get the win at 120 for 9, Drage taking 3 for 24.

Division One Champions: Appleby Eden.

Promoted: Appleby Eden and Wigton.

Relegated: Egremont.

Promoted to Division One: Cockermouth II

In the second division the top two – Haven and Cockermouth – were due to meet in a title decider at the Playground.

Both sides had only lost one game each all season so a tight game was predicted. Haven’s groundstaff worked hard all week to try and get the game on, but despite their efforts the umpires declared the pitch unfit, so giving the title to the visitors.

Cockermouth under Haven old boy Steve Chambers deserved their success, but Whitehaven skipper Nathan Lee will rue the fact that Haven’s last six games were rained off.

Whitehaven’s home field at the Playground is beginning to cause serious concern to both the cricket and co-users Whitehaven Rugby Union Club.

The field is holding more and more water and haven have lost numerous games due to the weather at all levels in the club.

This has had a drastic effect on revenue. The committee who run the ground are working hard to raise grants, donations etc, to remedy the drainage problems, but if these are not secured the future of cricket and rugby union in Whitehaven is in serious doubt.

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