AN emphatic win in Scotland carried Cleator through to the last 16 of the National Village Cup competition.

A five-hour journey took them past Dundee to take on Meigle and the journey didn’t seem as long on the way back after an impressive win by 103 runs.

Their hosts invited Cleator to bat first and knew they had a fight on their hands when the Cumbrians posted 206-8 from their 40 overs.

That total was built on the platform of two excellent contributions from Darren Clark (62) and Dave Watson (42).

By contrast, Meigle always were struggling and both Clark and James Rogers picked up four wickets apiece again for the second day in a row.

Both had figures of 4-22 in Saturday’s Cumbria Cricket League win over neighbours Whitehaven and Clark registered exactly the same return in the cup clash. This time, Rogers took 4-24.

In the round of the last 16, Cleator will travel to Lancashire, on July 7, to take on Egerton who got through their round on Sunday by 31 runs.

A partnership between Cumbria Cricket Limited and Durham Cricket has also been announced.

It will see both parties work closer with each other and offer the Cumbrian clubs exclusive ticket and travel offers for the upcoming T20 Vitality Blast season.

The clubs will be offered adult tickets for £10 and tickets for children under 16 will cost £3, with the additional perk of a free ticket for all those under 19 to the Durham Cricket clash against Northants Steelbacks on July 19.

Every All Star cricketer can also take up free membership and a discounted adult membership for their parents/relatives through the free All Stars Sticker Book they received. The clubs will also be able to capitalise on Durham’s offer of free coach travel to any Vitality Blast fixture.

“We’re delighted that this partnership has been set up and excited to work a lot closer with Durham Cricket,” said Bob Simpson, Cumbria Cricket’s director of cricket development.

Durham Cricket chief executive Tim Bostock added: “It’s fantastic that we have formed a stronger relationship with Cumbria Cricket Ltd and its clubs, and we hope to see more of their members attend games at Emirates Riverside.

“The region is generally split between Durham and Lancashire fans and I believe a number of cricket lovers, including children, adults and parents will take up the offer and head to Chester-le-Street for the Blast fixtures.”

All-rounder Liam Trevaskis, 20, who started his career at Penrith Cricket Club, and former Cleator Cricket Club man Graham Clark are among Durham’s senior ranks.