Millom CC crowned North Lancs Division One champions
By Colin Bickerstaffe
12 September 2017 1:01PM
MILLOM CC are celebrating a double success after clinching the North Lancs and Cumbria League Division One crown.
Ian Swarbrick’s men went into Saturday’s last round of fixtures leading Whitehaven by three points, so a thrilling day’s play was in prospect, with Millom knowing they needed to win to guarantee finishing top.
However, in the end the wet weather intervened, with both Millom’s game at Vickerstown and Whitehaven’s trip to Haverigg falling victim to the rain.
This ensured Millom took the title to add to the Sowerby Cup which they lifted last month, and repeated their feat of 2014 when Swarbrick led them to the same double success.
Two games were played in Division One, with Lindal beating Workington A and Ulverston losing at Seascale.
Workington had first knock against Lindal, and mainly due to Andrew Ireland’s 49, the visitors were 123 all out in the last over. Craig Crawford completed a good personal season by taking 4 for 35 in his 15 overs, and skipper Ed Waind returned 3 for 47 in 10 overs .
After tea, Moor won comfortably in the 31st over, making 125 for 4. Lee Hogg was again among the runs with an unbeaten 57, and Sam Beckman hit 36.
Seascale had first knock against Ulverston and made 204 for 9 in their 50 overs. Steve Brown jnr scored 59 and Jack Barwise 50.
In reply, Ulverston were all out for 161 in the 43rd over, skipper Ben Dryden making 42.
Wet weather decimated the Premier Division with no play possible, including at the Ernest Valentine Memorial Ground where chanmpions Workington were due to play runners-up Furness.
Furness A were crowned Division Two champions despite their final game of the season at home to Egremont being rained off.
Elsewhere, the games between Hawcoat Park and Cockermouth A and Kirkby and Dalton seconds went ahead.
Choosing to bat first, Hawcoat were soon in trouble, and were all out in the 26th over for 55, Andrew Dodds taking 5 for 17. In reply, Cockermouth made a winning 60 for 3 in 12 overs.
Batting first, Kirkby were all out in the 47th over for 165, Rob Fugler making 48. Dalton’s Corey Gilliland returned 5 for 34 in 10 overs.
In reply, despite 77 from Jack Singleton, Dalton were 111 all out in the 33rd over. Mark Etchells took 3 for 17 in ten overs, and brother Mike 3 for 41 in 10 overs.
Lindal Moor A’s slim hopes of overhauling Whitehaven A in the fight for the Division Three title failed as they lost their final game at Egremont A. Put into bat, Egremont made a steady start, Ryan Byrne making a hard-hitting 33 with two fours and four sixes, and opener Matthew Hunter 23.
The middle and lower-orders failed to add many runs however, and the side were all out for 122 in the 40th over. Moor’s Max Winskill took 4 for 11 in six overs.
After losing an early wicket, Lindal skipper Andy Baxter, with 41, and Bradley Stephens, 25, put their side on course, but nobody in the last eight made double figures, and the visitors were all out for 103 in the 37th over. After his good innings, Byrne completed his day by returning 6 for 6 in 3.4 overs.
Barrow’s hopes of ending their Northern League season on a high ended in disappointment when they lost the Benchmarx Kitchens & Joinery Trophy final to host club Leyland.
However the Ernest Pass side did win their final Division One game of the campaign the previous day, beating Morecambe by 87 runs. Opening bowlers Daryl Wearing and Greg Reynolds did the business, taking five wickets apiece as the visitors were skittled for 45.