Two Workington youngsters helped Cumbria under-15s on a tough day of cricket at their home ground.

Youngsters of West Cumbria fought bravely in a tough day of cricket against a strong side on Wednesday.

Cumbria Under 15s faced Durham at Workington’s Ernest Valentine Ground, with the club’s Regan Jackson and Thomas Fox plus fellow West Cumbrians Matthew Harrison of Whitehaven and Finn Turnbull of Keswick all in the line-up.

Whitehaven’s Matthew Harrison contributed six runs and one wicket in the encounter.

At the close of the match, Durham had defeated Cumbria comprehensively: “It was a bad day at the office,” said Paul Jackson, father of Regan.

Jackson, also coach of Workington Under 15s, still remained positive though, adding: “It’s just good to see kids getting involved in sport.”

Although the Cumbrians came up short against a tough side in Durham, Jackson believes it is just a bump in the road

“This is definitely a learning curve against a good, well-coached team,” he said.

“Cumbria is a first-class outfit but we should have done a lot better to be honest but you do need the difficult games.”

He said that the experience will serve them well as it is a busy time for Cumbrians in cricket. By next week, county teams will have competed in five games in as many days.

Jackson said: “They are all getting experience all the time because they all play senior cricket.”

Next up is a Cumbrian derby as Cleator clash with Workington on June 30.