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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Weekend’s a washout!

WHILE the rest of the country basked in balmy conditions, Cumbria was soaked by persistent rain on Saturday.

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Victory in sight: Cleator batsman Paul Duffett, pictured, hit an unbeaten 58 in his side’s 98-0, chasing 138 to win against Furness. But rain prevented them clinching the match

As a result almost the entire North Lancashire League programme was wiped-out without a ball being bowled.

But there were five matches which did get started – and one in particular which almost defied the odds and got a result.

Furness had been restricted to 137-7 by Cleator in their allotted overs and when the rain finally drover the players off the field the west Cumbrians were in sight of victory.

Professional Paul Duffett (58) and Graham Clark (37), the Cleator openers were still together as they had taken the score to 98-0 but their efforts proved in vain. Stuart Horne had top-scored for Furness with 39 not out.

Play was possible in only one other Premier Division game in which Duddon Sports Club entertained Penrith. The south Cumbrians had limped to 59-4 with Kriss McLean taking 2-21 for Penrith.

All the other games in the top flight were abandoned without a ball being bowled – Cockermouth v Millom; Keswick v Carlisle; Whitehaven v Dalton; Workington v Haverigg.

In Division One there was no play between Cleator seconds and Vickerstown; Egremont and Wigton; Lanercost and Appleby Eden.

They made a brief start at Kirkby where Workington seconds had reached 17-1 before the rain caused an early finish.

At Lindal Moor visitors Keswick seconds were 36-4 when the match was abandoned. Colin Knight took 3-9 for Lindal.

At Ulverston visitors Hawcoat Park were 66-2 when the match was abandoned.

Ulverston should have visited 2006 winners Workington on Sunday in the first round of the County Cup but they cried-off and conceded the tie.

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