WYLL Stanway led the way for Carrum with his highest score of the season so far on day one of their latest Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association Benidgo Community Bank District first-grade match.

The Furness Cricket Club batsman, who is spending the winter playing in Australia with the Melbourne-based outfit, scored 66 – including seven fours – to help his side to a total of 182 all out in their innings during the match away to Mt Martha.

Stanway also put on a solid last-wicket stand of 26 with Furness clubmate Josh Shaw, who finished on seven not out.

In reply, the hosts reached 20 for 2 at the close and the two-day match concludes this Saturday.

Shaw has yet to bowl in the contest, but will be eager to add to his tally for the year which has seen him establish himself Carrum’s leading wicket-taker in first-grade cricket.

His 12 matches have seen him take 18 wickets so far at an average of 15.83, with two more regular-season games left in the District competition following the conclusion of the match with Mt Martha.

Furness will no doubt hope the duo can continue that sort of form when the Cumbria Cricket League Premier Division season gets under way on Saturday, April 20.

Up first is the short trip to Lindal Moor, while Dalton and Millom are away to Egremont and Keswick respectively.

Furness begin the defence of the Higson Cup at home to Dalton on May 6, with Lindal at Keswick and Millom hosting Cockermouth.

Meanwhile, Furness have been drawn away to Lancaster in the first round of this year’s Royal London Club Championship on April 28.