After a disappointing finish in the Big Six event at Alnmouth, Cumbria bounced back by defeating Durham, who had finished above them in that event, 6.5-5.5 in the Daily Telegraph Golf League at Workington GC last Saturday.

As a result of the very poor weather impacting the course early in the morning, the respective team captains agreed to call off the foursomes and record a three points each draw.

Some exceptional work by the Workington green staff and volunteers to keep the greens playable, despite heavy intermittent showers, enabled the teams to complete their 12 singles matches later in the day.

Will Bowe on his home course put the first point on the board with a 3&2 win before the Carlisle representatives, Jopson and Andrew Wolstencroft both won their matches.

Halved games were secured by Richard Mewse from Workington, Carus Green’s Will Coxon and Mark Thompson of Stoney Holme.

The final two key matches, which were played in deteriorating conditions, were anchored successfully with excellent wins by Mike Parker of Penrith (3&2) and Simon Young from Seascale (2&1).

This gave Cumbria a well-deserved victory in what was a very close contest.

It has given them a record of having played four and won three and they next travel to Childwall to play Lancashire in the last match of the series on Saturday, August 31 where a win will see them finish as runners-up in the League.

Three days previously, Cumbria took part in the Big Six event, where each of the Northern Counties and the Isle of Man field a team of their top six players, with each individual score counting towards their team’s score.

Cumbria were not at their best as they finished fifth with 912 points, ahead of last-placed Isle of Man, while host county Northumberland ran out convincing winners with a score of 872 points.