PICTURE SPECIAL: Dalton earn vital win against Keswick in battle for Premier Division survival

22 August 2017 8:55AM

DALTON earned an important 10 points in their battle for survival in the North Lancs League Premier Division.

They beat Keswick on a day when many fixtures were wiped out by the rain, including all the other top-flight matches.

Put into bat, Keswick were always struggling against the accurate Dalton attack.

Skipper Arran Davies, with 34, and professional Geeth Kumara, 32, were the only batsmen making more than 20, as Keswick reached an all-out total of 122 in the 47th over.

Dalton’s Marc Gibson, with 3 for 24, and Lewis Woodend, 3 for 39, were the top wicket-takers.

Dalton openers Rob Jones, with 46, and Jack Singleton, 38 not out, gave their side an excellent start, and with support from Joe Braund-Smith, 16 not out, saw them to the win at 125 for 1 in the 34th over.

Put into bat against Millom, Workington seconds lost their first wicket with 14 on the board but a good recovery took them to 91 for 4.

The lower-order made a poor contribution and they were all out for 133 in the 47th over. Callum Sutton top-scored with 31. Millom’s Paul O’Callaghan returned 6 for 11 in only eight overs.

Millom’s reply started well, and they reached 100 for 3, but lost three more wickets before going to the win in the 38th over, at 134 for 6.

Danny Fallows, with 49, top-scored. Workington’s David Pearce, 3 for 27 in 11.5 overs, and Ben Scott, 3 for 32 in nine overs, took the wickets.

Seascale had first knock at Haverigg and made little headway against the Poolsiders’ attack. Only the in-form Adam Brown, with 47, and Steve Brown Jnr, with 25, batted with authority and they were 123 all out in the 47th over. Haverigg pro Dalton Polius returned 4 for 27 in his 15 overs.

In reply, Haverigg were made to work for their runs, but with 29 from Polius and 27 from skipper Drew Postlethwaite, the Poolsiders won in the 33rd over, with 124 for 6. Danny Lee took 3 for 26.

Choosing to bat, Vickerstown slumped from 100 for 4 to an all-out total of 117 in the 49th over against Lindal Moor.

Peter Lee top-scored with 52. Ed Waind took 5 for 27 in 14.5 overs and John Atkinson, 4 for 12 in 11 overs, to keep Moor in control. In reply, Lindal Moor, with 119 for 4, won in the 33rd over, Lee Hogg unbeaten on 55, and Sam Beckman, 31, ensuring the win. Vickerstown’s George Scott took all the four wickets for 35 in his 15 overs.

In first against Ulverston, Whitehaven made 239 for 6, professional Mo Yasin making an unbeaten 118. In reply, Ulverston made 148 for 9, Yasin finishing his good day with 4 for 36.

Kirkby, in first against Cleator A in their Division Two match, soon lost both openers, but then dominated the Cleator attack. Rob Fugler made an unbeaten 102, Matthew Bruce hit 59 not out, and Mike Fugler scored 58. Kirkby totalled 256 for 3 in their 50 overs.

After tea, Cleator opener Steven Wishart made 68, but the other four in the top-order made just 22 between them and it was left to the lower-order to get the home side to 206 for 8 before overs ran out. Kirkby’s Mike Etchells took 3 for 36 in his 15 overs.

Batting first against Egremont, only Greg Barnes, with 67, and Aidan Little, 35 not out, got Cockermouth to 139 all out in the 41st over. Egremont’s James Bostock took 4 for 18 in 6 overs. Egremont would be unhappy with their reply being all out in the 39th over for 75. Only skipper Dave Raynor, with 25, got into double figures. Mark Cowen took 4 for 14 and Andrew Dodds, 3 for 8, to help Cockermouth to a comfortable win.

There was a great game at Furness Park, where Hawcoat Park had first knock and, with Callum Muncaster making 123, they had 204 for 9 on the board at tea. In reply, Furness made a gallant effort to get the win but were all out in the last over for 202, Ryan Tyson making 56.

In first, Ulverston were 39 all out in their third division clash against Whitehaven, the West Cumbrians winning by 10 wickets.

Vickerstown seconds were 72 all out in 35 overs. In reply Lindal Moor A won in the 17th over making 73 for 3. Millom A were all out for 69 as they fell to defeat against Egremont A.

Barrow’s Northern League game against Chorley was hit by the wet weather, while the A-team had to settle for a losing draw against Chorley seconds at Ernest Pass. The visitors made 230 for 6 in 45 overs. Tom Milligan then hit an unbeaten 48 and Robin Adams 43 as Barrow responded with 140 for 4.

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