Furness managed to book their place in the final of the Higson Cup last Sunday, thanks to an outstanding century from opener Nathan Waterston, as they avenged their league defeat against Cleator, and how.

The leaders of the Cumbria Cricket League suffered their first defeat of the season against the same opposition the previous day, crumbling to 82 all out in the process, but they proved too strong back on their own patch in thrashing their visitors by 130 runs.

Winning the toss Furness made an excellent 274-6, with Waterston showing all his skill in making a brilliant 124 off 148 balls that included eight fours and two sixes.

With an unbeaten 53 from Sachith Pathirana, Furness would enjoy their tea, although Cleator’s James Rogers could reflect on taking 3-44.

Cleator were never threatening in their chase and despite 63 from Supeshala Jayathilake, the side were all out for 144 from 37 overs, as Garry Thompson returned 4-37 and Josh Shaw 4-42 to book a place in the final for Furness.

There, they will face Keswick, after they breezed to an eight-wicket victory at home to Egremont.

Not for the first time this season, Egremont’s batting let them down. Skipper Dave Raynor top-scored with 29, but wickets fell regularly and the West Cumbrians were all out in the 31st over for just 100.

Keswick’s Geeth Kumara (4-12) and Dan Gaskell (3-22) excelled with the ball to put their side in command.

The hosts actually made a bad start in reply, losing two wickets with just eight runs on the board, but Kumara (46n/o) and opener William Atkinson (38n/o), shared an unbroken stand of 94 to see Keswick through.

In the Vigodny Cup, Haverigg 2nd XI booked a place in the final after defeating Dalton 2nd XI by 68 runs. After being put in to bat, Haverigg posted a challenging 235-5, with Roy Carton (58) and Jordan Postletwaite both impressing, before Dalton were bowled out for 167 in reply, despite 56 from captain Phil Humphries.