DALTON claimed a valuable 10 points in their battle against North Lancs and Cumbria Premier Division relegation, and left Haverigg with a mountain to climb at the foot of the table.

The home side opened up a 26-point gap on their visitors with victory at Ulverston Road, leaving the Poolsiders 12 points adrift of safety.

Haverigg won the toss and batted, but the Dalton bowlers were in control throughout the innings.

Joseph Lovell worked hard for his 47, but with no-one else getting past 20, they were all out in the 36th over for 130.

Rangika Pinnala Don returned 3 for 37 in 11 overs.

After tea, the Dalton openers, Winston Masakadza, 46, and Jack Singleton, with 40, gave their side a good start. With skipper Liam Curwen's 30 added to the tally, the hosts won in the 22nd over at 131 for 3.

Furness were unable to make ground on leaders Cockermouth as they fell to a comprehensive defeat at Sandair.

Put into bat, Furness were well contained by the Cockermouth attack. Mark Daly made 29 and Sam Dutton 26, but they slumped to 118 all out in the 41st over. Cockermouth professional Haseeb Azam took 4 for 53 in his 15 overs.

In reply, Cockermouth were 29 for 1, but they lost no further wickets. Skipper Gareth White, 54 not out with 10 fours, and Greg Platten, also unbeaten on 30, saw their side to 119 for 1 in the 30th over.

Cleator remain three points behind in second after a high-scoring home win over Keswick.

The hosts had first knock, and Darren Clark played another great innings, making 81. With 52 from Dave Watson and 36 not out from Chris Quin, they reached 271 for 6 at tea.

In reply, Keswick also batted well. Professional Geeth Kumara made another half-century, with 58, and James McGown struck 36 taking them to 192 for 9 when overs ran out.

Cleator's Adam Hodgson returned 4 for 32 and Dave Blackwell had figures of 3 for 49

In first at Wigton, Millom made a steady start, but only professional Sameera Sadamal, with 47, went on to make a good score. With few runs from the middle and lower-orders, the visitors were all out for 151 in the 46th over.

Wigton skipper Nico Watt again bowled well to take 5 for 36 in his 15 overs.

After losing opener Watt, Wigton batted carefully and, with 67 from Mike Slack, 29 not out from Mikey Hill and 24 from Andy Oliver, won in the 48th over at 152 for 6. Sadamal returned 3 for 35 in his 15 overs.

Lindal Moor were put into bat at Carlisle and batted with care, bringing about a low-scoring rate as they were 146 for 5 after their 50 overs.

In reply, Carlisle were always on top and went to 149 for 4 in 31 overs.

Workington gave an excellent display against Whitehaven, making 260 for 5 in their 50 overs.

Callum Moffat led the way with 106, with great support from Kaushalya Gajasinghe, 50, and Kristian Moffat, 36.

After tea, Whitehaven's innings never got off the ground and, after 31 overs, they were all out for 82.

Workington's Lewis Hull, with 4 for 21 from eight overs, and Kaushalya Gajasinghe, 4 for 23, also in eight overs, sealed a great win, and ample revenge for defeat in May.

In Division One, it was hard work for bowlers at Furness Park, where Kirkby chose to bat against Furness A.

Openers James Thornton, 42, and Alastair Bradley, 21, gave their side a steady start, and Rob Fugler then dominated proceedings with an unbeaten 110.

With 38 from Paul Fugler and 26 from Mike Etchells, Kirkby were 255 for 5 in their 50 overs.

Furness also batted well and with purpose. Opener Ryan Griffiths made 94, and with five wickets down, the home team were still in the game, but the tail failed to wag and the side were 200 all out in the 43rd over.

Mike and Mark Etchells each took three wickets to keep the Villagers in the promotion hunt.

It was a high-scoring at Rainey Park, where Ulverston had first knock against Vickerstown.

With Paul Storey making 82, the visitors were 189 for 8 in their 50 overs. Vickerstown's John Burns took 4 for 45.

In reply the home side's 10 men were so near to pulling off a win. With 59 from George Scott and 54 from Peter Lee, their ninth and last wicket fell at 183, with 9.5 overs still to play. Ulverston's Stuart Cooper took four wickets.

Seascale batted first at home to Hawcoat Park and, with the exception of Adam Brown, had a poor day – ending all out for 103, of which Brown made 62.

For the visitors, Callum Lucas took 4 for 24.

Hawcoat soon lost two wickets in reply, but opener Ross Parke made 22, and an unbroken sixth-wicket stand by Callum Muncaster, 24 not out, and Cameron McDougall, 23 not out, saw their side to the win at 105 for 5 in the 22nd over.

Runs were scarce at Workington where the A-team battled Cockermouth A, with both teams failing to reach three figures.

In first, Workington were reduced to 52 for 6, of which opener Matthew Young made 33. Michael Smith, batting at number eight, made a valuable 27 not out, but his side were all out for 96 in the 42nd over.

Cockermouth's Mark Cowen took 5 for 35 and Matthew Hodgson 3 for 31, each bowling their 15 overs.

The visitors also made a very poor start and were 43 for 7. Kurt Chastney, 24, brought some recovery, but he was last out with Cockermouth on 91. Ben Scott, 4 for 12, and Paul McKeown, 4 for 42, helped to secure a five-run win.

Leaders Egermont's scheduled home game against Barrow A was called off as the visitors could not raise a team, handing the home side 10 points.

See tomorrow's Mail for a report on Furness's Higson Cup triumph over Carlisle.