Former winners Cleator continue to make progress in the National Village Trophy competition.

In a high-scoring game against Reed, from the Burnley area, the West Cumbrian outfit won by 39 runs.

Veteran Ian Clark, at the age of 58, played a starring role for the Cleator side, hitting a quick-fire 69 not out off only 27 balls.

Clark hammered five fours and seven sixes in a thunderous knock, well supported by Douglas Hughes, who was unbeaten on 41, in an unbroken stand at the end of the game.

Earlier opener Dave Watson had made 59 as Cleator completed their 40 overs with an impressive 286-6 on the scoreboard for their opponents to chase.

But although Reed lost wickets at regular intervals, they were given a chance of coming back at Cleator by a superb knock of 123 from Thomas Turner.

He would be a familiar face to some as his father Andrew used to play for Cleator a few years ago and his sister also plays in the Reed first team.

Turner only faced 66 deliveries and his innings included 10 fours and nine sixes.

But in the end Reed were bowled out for 247 with four overs to spare.

David Rooney was the most successful Cleator bowler, as he claimed 3-45.

In the third round, after two away trips, Cleator finally have a home tie on May 26 when they welcome Shireshead from the Lancaster area.