Teams in a hurry to beat the weather PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Sunday, 16 May 2021

matthew sempill.pngAfter last week’s Cumbria League programme was washed-out play resumed on Saturday -but some sides had to hurry to beat the weather.

On a damp afternoon at Sandair, Cockermouth won the toss and had no hesitation in asking Whitehaven to bat first.

Wickets fell at a regular pace and only stand-in professional Masoor Amjar posed any resistance with a well-grafted 56. He was the ninth wicket to fall, brilliantly caught by Alex Grainger off Sam Sharp, and Whitehaven were all out for 111. Jonathan Norman was the pick of the bowlers with 4-26.

When Cockermouth batted, Grainger was the only wicket to fall, caught in the slips off the evergreen Habib Baloch ,for 19.

With the prospect of rain, Gareth White, and Matthew Sempill (pictured) set about the Whitehaven bowling and knocked-off the required runs in the 18th over, both finishing on 45..Sempill was particularity brutal, hitting four fours and four big sixes.

The game at the Valentine Ground, between Workington and Keswick had to be settled by a revised target because of a rain interruption.

Workington had  won the toss and elected to bat first but lost early wickets before Callum Sutton (24) started the recovery with Kristian Moffat.

But at 73-5 the hosts were in a bit of trouble before Adam Chambers (24) added 59 with Moffat who went on to score 75 in a 50-overs total of 181-8. Scott McGown took 3-48 off his ten overs.

Rain during and after tea led to a loss of 18 overs and a revised target for Keswick of 142 off 32.

Early wickets for Matthew Lowden and Chambers had Keswick 16-3 off just seven overs but after that the match was dominated by Glen Weightman (57 off 54) and professional Geeth Kumara who finished 59 not out. They added 112 off 101 balls and eventually got to 142-4 off 26.5 overs. Lowden finished with 3-30.

With rain a constant threat Carlisle were in a hurry against Millom and eventually won  by nine wickets.

They had Millom 103-9 after43 overs when the innings ended with Johnny Westgarth (2-1), Josh Sterling (2-24) and Jonathan Davidson (2-18).

Ben Davidson (54no) and Marc Brown (34no) saw Carlisle through to victory in the 32nd over.

Two games in the south of the county were victims of the weather. Furness v Haverigg never started and Dalton were 111-5 after 26 overs when their game at Lindal Moor was called off.

In the other game Cleator were winners by foiur wickets at Wigton with  9.2 overs to spare.

They had invited Wigton to bat first and the hosts relied heavily on opener Nico Watt (47) as they were bowled-out for 94in 36 overs with seven batsmen failing to score.

Darren Clark (4-20) and Liam Mattinson (4-12) did most of the damage for Cleator.

James Hocking (25), Darren Clark (24) and Dougie Hughes (22no) saw Cleator through to 95-6. Glen Liddle had 2-9 and Johnny Honeyman took 2-24.

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