A CRICKET club has impressed by winning two games in a row against their local rivals.

Workington Cricket Club were victorious against their Whitehaven counterparts in two T20 games on Saturday, led by captain Matthew Lowden.

In the first game, Whitehaven Cricket Club started off the proceedings at 81 for nine out of 20 overs. The side’s top scorer Dominic Chambers put up 29 runs.

But in reply Workington’s Dan McDermott took six for 21 and top scorer Kristian Moffat racked up 25 runs, the Allerdale side winning in 17.2 overs on 82 for five.

Whitehaven batted first in the second game making a valiant effort of 110 for six off the 20 overs.

Top scorer Chad Pearson racked up 32 runs not out.

Workington replied with 111 for seven off 19.5 overs, top scorer Kristian Moffat helping to take them there with 22 runs.

Skipper Lowden was happy with the team’s performance.

“I thought it was a really good result from the lads," he said.

Workington played a different squad in the T20 games.

Lowden said: “We tried to mix it up with the second team not having a game, and I wanted to give the under 15s a chance to play.”

Younger players did not disappoint. Lowden said: “I’m really happy with how they’ve done. There’s nothing to say that they can’t play again. It’s reassuring to know that we’ve got those younger players coming through.

"It gives us confidence going into what is one of our most important games against Cockermouth.”

Workington take on Cockermouth in the next round of Cumbria Cricket League's Premier Division North West T20 tournament on Saturday. The two most successful teams in the series will compete in a Cumbrian final in September.

Workington are preparing for the important clash. Lowden said of Cockermouth: “They’ve got a very consistent team.” But his side are confident going into the clash: “When we get a good team out we would probably match them.”

Lowden has been in the captaincy for almost a year, taking over as skipper in an unprecedented time.

“It’s quite hard to get used to at first,” he said.

Measures are in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus including hand sanitising every five overs.

Cumbrian teams are currently playing shorter 20-over games due to the pandemic. However, he is happy to see cricket back in full swing. The sport has been able to return quicker than most due to the lack of contact and large playing field. “Everybody was keen to get back down there. It’s good for some of the older people, they can come down and watch us without worrying about social distancing.”