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Written by John Walsh   
Monday, 01 March 2021

floodlit cricket.pngCarlisle and Cockermouth will meet at Edenside in what will be Cumbria’s first ever competitive floodlit T20 cricket match on Friday, June 25.

The game, between the 2018 and 2019 Cumbria Premier League Champions is being sponsored by Sunbelt Rentals who are providing high quality floodlighting at Edenside and this will be the fifth game for both teams in the new 2021 “17 Sport” Cumbria Cricket League T20 Competition.

 

The event will include external bars, BBQs, music and entertainment organised by IM Events in the form of Cumbrian duo High Dynamics.

 

Both clubs are excited at the prospect of providing rich entertainment on the vast floodlit backdrop of Carlisle’s outstanding Edenside ground.

 

Newly appointed Carlisle captain and club professional Michael Slack commented: “I’m delighted to be captaining the club this season and in particular this inaugural floodlit T20 match. This post lockdown event is something for the club and all its members to look forward to.

"I’m anticipating an entertaining evening in what should be a great game against a very strong Cockermouth side”.

Cockermouth skipper Gareth White said: “I can safely say that Cockermouth are delighted to have been chosen by Carlisle to play in this unique and exciting fixture.

Carlisle are a fantastically run club and this game will be well-organised and well-received by the general public.

"After an incredibly tough twelve months, all aspects of society are looking forward to the easing of lockdown and this date, given its timing, comes perfectly at the end of these necessary restrictions and will give people in the cricketing and wider community something really positive and exciting to look forward to”.

 

Carlisle secretary Mark Davidson added: “The club is delighted to be hosting this first ever floodlit cup match at Edenside in June. Everyone has endured such difficult times over the past twelve months and we hope that events like this will put a smile back on the faces of our members and supporters.

"We’re optimistic of a full season of cricket throughout the county this year as we make preparations both on and off the field at Carlisle”.

In actual fact I had the pleasure in playing in the first-ever game of cricket in Cumbria played under floodlights, although the Edenside clash is certain to be more competitive!

We are going back to the early 1980's when Workington Reds commercial manager, the late Kevin Harkins, always looking for a new angle, suggested a cricket match under lights at Borough Park. The first international under lights had been staged in 1979 and was proving to be a novelty at the time.greg matthews.png

Two teams were assembled - one to represent the Reds, and the other was made up of invited guests who were either useful at cricket or just loved a game.

One of the high class guests was Greg Matthews (pictured), professional at Whitehaven at the time who was to go on and play for Australia in 33 Tests and 59 One Dayers.

We played on a special matting laid on the hallowed Borough Park turf, and believe me it made batting extremely tough with most deliveries keeping very low.

But no problem to Matthews who, four times in one over, hooked the late David Lamb (BBC Radio Cumbria) over the popular side roof. I remember it being very difficult to find those balls as they headed into no-man's land between Borough Park and the dog track, Lonsdale Park and there were fears we wouldn't have enough left to finish the game.

John Reach the Reds captain at the time was a very good cricketer with Chester-Le-Street and he brought over a team-mate Paul Beeney (if memory serves) who was quitre rapid on that wicket.

Suffice to say the actual details of the game, apart from Matthews's big-hitting, have long been forgotten but I can assure everyone the craic afterwards in the Shankly bar was top class.

Carlisle and Cockermouth will certainly serve-up something much more exciting I'm sure, with or without a future international!

The Carlisle club will also play host to the three- day National County Cricket Championship match starting on Sunday 25th July, between Cumbria County Cricket Club and Northumberland County Cricket Club with play commencing at 11am each day.

 

Meanwhile the Cumbria League this week announced a new sponsorship deal with Barrow based “17 Sport”.

League Secretary Peter Gardiner said “We have great pleasure to announce that the league has agreed a three year sponsorship deal with 17 sport,  a local company based in Barrow in Furness, to cover all of our five cup competitions as well as the new T20 competition  beginning this season”.

The Cumbria Cricket League season (50 over competition) has been moved back to commence on Saturday 1st May from 17th April, when current Premier League Champions Carlisle visit neighbours Wigton, while 2018 Champions Cockermouth start their campaign at home to Millom.

 




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