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Friday, 03 July 2015

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Bell-ting day for Dalton

IT was a case of for whom the Bells toll for Hawcoat Park on Saturday, as they fell victim to Dalton’s outstanding father and son combination.

There was plenty to celebrate for Dalton’s cricketers on what was carnival day in the town as they continued their strong start to the John Smith’s Extra Smooth North Lancs and Cumbria League Division One season with a 100-run victory.

And the result was achieved thanks largely to the efforts of all-rounder Jon Bell and his evergreen father Brian.

Dalton batted first at an overcast and damp Ulverston Road and made 187 for 9, mainly due to Jon Bell’s 85, and 46 from Jordan Woodend. For Hawcoat Park, veteran Peter Harrison took 3 for 19 and young paceman Adam Hunter 3 for 44.

The Hawcoat Park batsmen found the going much tougher, with Jon Bell claiming 5 for 14, and dad Brian 4 for 31, as the visitors were all out for 87. Ryan Lucas offered some resistance with 34, and Kris McLean hit 30.

Reigning Premier Division champions Furness coasted to an easy win at Whitehaven to keep the pressure on at the top.

Batting first, Whitehaven lost wickets quickly and regularly, and only a battling 45 from Jonathan Stewart prevented total disaster, as they were all out for 82.

Left arm spinner Jordan Buchanan claimed an excellent 5 for 14 in 12.5 overs and Sri Lankan professional Ian Daniel 2 for 26 in 15 overs.

In reply, the Furness openers, Glenn Capstick, with 37 not out, and Tom Smith, with 31, ensured a comfortable victory at 86 for 2 in 17 overs.

Haverigg were at home to league leaders Cockermouth, and batting first were 203 for 7 after 50 overs. The main contributors were Stephen Chapman, with 70, professional Brenton Parchment, 51, and skipper Steven Evans, 38 not out. For the visitors, Jack Spiers returned 5 for 55.

Cockermouth had lost ten overs of their innings to the rain, and in the remaining 40 overs they went to a draw at 125 for 4, Alex Grainger making 55.

Keswick entertained Millom at Fitz Park and batted first. Professional Geeth Kumara was again in the runs with 55, as Keswick were dismissed for 175. Both Graham Dawson and Sri Lankan pro Geeth Alwis returned 4 for 49.

Despite Stuart Swallow scoring 54, Millom fell well short of a winning total to finish on 132 for 8. Keswick’s Sam Sharp took 3 for 10 and Simon Grisdale 3 for 24.

The Carlisle and Lindal Moor game was spoiled by the rain. Moor batted first and posted 175 for 6 declared, mainly due to Dean Williams’ innings of 80.

For Carlisle, Ben Purdham took 3 for 48, and in the 11 overs left for them to bat, Carlisle made 61 without loss.

Penrith travelled to Cleator and at tea were 168 for 7. Luke Cleaver top scored with 48 and Cleator skipper David Rooney took 3 for 35. In reply, Shaheen Khan was again in form as he went to 77, but Cleator fell eight runs short of the win at 161 for 8. Asher Hart, with 3 for 36, and Matthew Clark, 3 for 47, kept Penrith in control.

The Workington top order were in good nick at Kirkby, as Kris Moffat made 137, Andrew Reed, 84 not out, and Callum Moffat 63. The innings closed with 316 for 3 on the board. In reply, Kirkby had a bad day with the bat, being all out for 104, of which M Hanware made 52.

At Egremont, the Seascale top order were quickly in and out in their Division One clash.

The top six made only 29 between then, but this brought Clayton Lee and Andrew Knott together, and with 61 not out from Lee and 33 from Knott, Seascale recovered to end up on 145 for 8.

For Egremont, Dave Raynor took 4 for 24 in his 15 overs and wicketkeeper Owen Barrett claimed five catches.

Egremont started well, but when Ian Littleton went for 23 and Barrett, 33, they had little more to offer and were all out for 127. Clayton Lee took 4 for 14 and Greg Bedford 3 for 25 to give Seascale their first win of the season.

Vickerstown batted first at Penrith seconds and made 153 all out, but Penrith went to the win with 154 for 8.

Workington seconds became the first team this season to beat Appleby Eden in the league.

Batting first, Workington were 201 for 8 at tea, Dave Pearce making 71 and Simon Beare 41. For Appleby, Scott Clement took 3 for 46.

Appleby Eden’s innings soon folded and they were dismissed for 86, Beare taking 4 for 26.

Wigton were 131 for 3 at home to Lanercost when rain stopped play. Mike Holliday was on 65 not out.

No play was possible in the Ulverston versus Cleator seconds game.

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