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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Teenager breaks league record

TOP Cockermouth prospect Alex Grainger smashed his way into the North Lancashire & Cumbria Cricket League record books at the weekend.

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ALL ROUNDER: Cockermouth pro Amila Weththasinghe hit 83 and took 3-26

The 17-year-old broke the league’s batting record on his way to a superb 169 for his side, who went on to declare on 314-2 against Haverigg.

This knock underlined the ability of the youngster, after he also hit 180 for the county’s U17s recently in Herefordshire.

Grainger was supported by pro Amila Weththasinghe who was unbeaten on 83 when they declared.

Weththasinghe then took to the Haverigg batsmen claiming 3-26 to help dismiss the visitors for just 89.

The chasing pack also picked up points in the race for the title, with Workington easing to an eight-wicket victory over Keswick.

Glen Weightman went well with the bat, stroking 82 as Keswick posted 180-8 at the end of their allotted overs, Simon James claiming 3-50 for Workington.

In reply, Callum Moffat took the game right to the Keswick bowlers and smashed them for 95 before bowing out and Andrew Reed took them to 184-2, unbeaten on 54.

Cleator inflicted damage on premier leaders and current champions Furness, claiming a superb 96-runs victory on their home turf.

Cleator batted first and were all out for 144. Furness’ batting attack crumbled to just 48.

Penrith beat Wigton by eight wickets.

Mike Hill hit 96 before being dismissed as Wigton batted first, ending on 189-4.

Penrith got well up with the run rate to challenge their hosts and Gary Hall, with 67, saw them home on 192-2.

Carlisle’s stand-in pro Zaidi led them to a useful victory over Millom after hitting 82 in their winning reply of 162-3.

Millom had earlier posted 158-9.

Whitehaven were also on top as they beat Duddon by seven wickets.

Habib Baloch doing the damage with 3-28, as Whitehaven eased to their 112 victory target.

In division one, two Workington II players fell just short of their half centuries but it was enough to guarantee their side the winning draw over Hawcoat Park.

The West Cumbrians batted first and Andrew Whinn was unlucky to go on 49, with Matt Young falling on 48 as they posted 223-9.

Hawcoat then made 129-7, Steve Hannaway hitting 43.

Lanercost were dismissed for 162 as they took on Kirkby, who hit 164-2 in reply to win.

Colin Knight continued to rack up the runs for Lindal Moor, the opener carried his bat for 85 in a nine wicket win over Dalton.

Appleby Eden got the better of Seascale but they could not dismiss their rivals to earn maximum points.

Appleby posted 204-6. Seascale replied with 127-5.

Gareth Yates had an excellent return of 7-39 as Ulverston dismissed Millom II for 99 and then went on to make 100 for the loss of just one wicket.

Cleator II went under by 62 runs at the hands of Vickerstown.

Fixtures Premier: Carlisle v Wigton, Cleator v Duddon, Furness v Penrith, Haverigg v Workington, Keswick v Millom, Whitehaven v Cockermouth.

Division one: Appleby Eden v Hawcoat Park, Dalton v Vickerstown, Kirkby v Lindal Moor, Millom II v Cleator II, Ulverston v Seascale, Workington II v Lanercost.

Sunday – Highton Cup final at Haverigg: Workington v Furness.

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