Keswick Cricket Club will meet Furness in the Higson Cup final after comfortable victories at the semi-final stage.

Both had home victories with Egremont beaten by eight wickets at Fitz Park, and Cleator going down by 130 runs in south Cumbria.

Professional Geeth Kumara was Egremont’s tormentor-in-chief when the visitors won the toss and elected to bat.

Kumara took 4-12, and with support from Dan Gaskell (3-22), had Egremont all back in the pavilion for 100.

Dave Raynor (29) and Jon-Paul Dixon (20) were the main scorers for Egremont.

Egremont hit back by reducing Keswick to 8-2 but that was the extent of their success as Kumara (46 not out) and opener William Atkinson (38 not out) saw them through to 102-2 in 17.2 overs.

Workington Reds striker Nathan Waterston was the hero for Furness in their big win over Cleator.

The south Cumbrians had lost at Cleator by six wickets in the Cumbria Cricket League Premier Division 24 hours earlier, so were pleased to take revenge in the cup.

Waterston hit a fine 124 as Furness rattled up 274-6 in their 45 overs when he was backed up by professional Sachith Pathirana who made an unbeaten 53.

Cleator never really got into top gear in reply, although there was another good knock from their Sri Lankan professional Supeshala Jayathilake who top-scored with 63 in their all-out reply of 144.

For Furness, Garry Thompson took 4-37 and Josh Shaw ended with 4-42.