Ahead of tomorrow’s meeting between the two, just one point separates Dalton and Millom in the Premier Division of the Cumbria Cricket League, with the winner having the chance to go as high as fourth.

It’s also a chance for Dalton to round off what has already been an excellent week for the Ulverston Road outfit, although their captain Daniel Sharpe is expecting as close a contest as the table suggests.

It’ll struggle to be as close as the equivalent fixture last April, however, as Millom prevailed by one wicket after just about chasing down the home side’s 123 all out.

Dalton will be looking to avenge that result, but they’ll also be hoping for better luck with the weather, with two of their last three league fixtures being abandoned due to rain.

Sharpe said: “It’s always a good game against Millom - they’ve got some good players and it’s usually tight. They beat us in the Twenty20 competition two weeks ago in a rain-affected game, which was also very close.

“We fell just a bit short of them, but that leaves us in good stead and hopefully it gives us motivation to win on Saturday.”

What Dalton would certainly take would be a repeat of the performance that allowed them to defeat Keswick by six wickets and reach the semi-finals of the County Cup, with the team impressing with both bat and ball.

Sharpe said: “We’re looking forward to our semi-final now, against Cockermouth. It was a good game where they got 170 and their pro got 50, but we just restricted them, really.

“There weren’t that many big overs for them and everyone bowled well and fielded well, and then obviously batting.

“Liam [Curwen] batted well in getting 44 and our pro [Lasith Lakshan] batted throughout and ended up on 70 not out, a good professional’s innings, really.”

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, leaders Furness will be confident of maintaining their 100 per cent record during their home game against Keswick, who are in the bottom half of the table.

They’ll also be keen to put their 11-run defeat at Carlisle in the County Cup behind them.

Lindal Moor, who’ll begin the weekend in fourth, are on the road at champions Cockermouth, who they are one point ahead of in the standings, while in Division One, bottom club Vickerstown welcome leaders Furness 2nd XI to Rainey Park.