Reigning champions Cockermouth Cricket Club rather let Cumbria Cricket League Premier Division leaders Furness off the hook in Barrow.

The hosts were 116-6 and seemingly in trouble, but rallied to finish on 190-9 from their 50 overs.

Cockermouth were similarly well placed at 124-6 but they couldn’t finish with a flourish and slumped to 140 all out.

Opener Wyll Stanway provided the sheet anchor role for Furness, being eighth out for a vital 76 off 111 deliveries.

The only real support came from Scott Pearcey (25) and Lewis Gribbin (23), while Cockermouth professional Kavishka Anjula (3-34) and spinner Mark Middleton (3-53) were the main wicket-takers for the visitors.

Anjula proved to be Cockermouth’s main hope with his first half-century for the club but, once he went for 61, there was little resistance left .

Opener Matthew Sempill (25) had batted best earlier while, for Furness, a good spell from Garry Thompson (5-25) helped keep the hosts top of the table.

Both Carlisle and Workington won to stay in contention, just six points behind.

Carlisle were indebted to a nerveless unbeaten 46 from young batsman Jonathan Davidson to secure a nail-biting two-wicket win against Cleator at Edenside.

Having won the toss and batted, the visitors were reeling inside four overs as opening bowlers Phil Frazer and professional Michael Slack accounted for dangermen Dave Watson and Darren Clark, who both departed without scoring.

Tom Sharpe (74) and new professional Supeshala Jayathilake (27) rebuilt the innings with a 73-run partnership, but three wickets for in-form seamer Henry Walker, including Sharpe, helped Carlisle restrict the visitors to 166-6.

Although Lewis Plackett was quickly poached, caught and bowled by Clark, a patient 52 from Carlisle professional Slack inched the home team towards their total.

Drama was to come though as David Blackwell tore out the heart of Carlisle’s middle-order, leaving the home side 148-8 with 19 still needed.

Blackwell’s figures of 4-32 a fine return for one of the league’s top bowlers.

But young Davidson stood firm as wickets fell around him. He batted superbly and without nerves to shepherd Carlisle home as Frazer kept him company at the end with less than two overs to spare.

Workington came out on top in their west Cumbrian derby at home to Whitehaven.

The visitors chose to bat after winning the toss and didn’t really build on a decent start when three of the first four batsmen got themselves in.

Opener Stephen Holliday (35), professional Safyaan Sharif (50) and Leo Sanczuk (29) just couldn’t go on and build a really big score.

They subsided rather tamely to 148-9 from their 50 overs with Matthew Lowden the most successful Workington bowler, taking 4-40.

South African sub-pro Edward Moore had 2-28 from his 10 overs.

Moore was one of three early batsmen to go cheaply but solid contributions from opener Adam Chambers (36), David Pearce (24) and Liam Hazzard (23) eventually saw Workington to 150-6 with 4.4 overs to spare.

There was a really outstanding spell from veteran Habib Baloch, a former Workington professional, who took 3-19 off 15 overs.

Keswick collected their first league win at the expense of bottom side Egremont.

An outstanding all-round effort by their popular long-serving professional Geeth Kumara the cornerstone of the victory. He made 53 in a Keswick total of 199-7 and then took 5-19 as Egremont were bowled out for 66.

Coady Scott took 3-42 for Egremont while Dan Gaskell packed up the Keswick pro by taking 3-23.

Not for the first time this season, big-hitting Mark Ponticelli top-scored for Egremont with 34 off 39 balls, and including four boundaries and a six.

Wigton were well beaten at Dalton, bowled out for only 80 in pursuit of the home side’s 162-8.

They would have been in deeper trouble but for a battling 37 by skipper and opener Nico Watt, the only batsman to reach double figures.

Dalton pro Lasith Warnakawaththa Waduge was the destroyer-in-chief, taking 5-22.

Earlier, Jack Singleton (45) and Liam Curwen (31) had been the main scorers for Dalton. Wigton pro Chris Hodgson, Glen Liddle and Ben Purdham took two wickets apiece.

The only home side to lose were Millom who went down by two wickets in a thriller with Lindal Moor.

Millom were bowled out for 128 and Lindal just scrambled home with eight balls to spare on 129-8.