WEEK 11: 5-6 July 2014

 

 

The perceived wisdom is that semi-finals are boring games. Trying convincing the players and spectators present for the two Junior Cup matches on Sunday. Both victors came from positions of despair to triumph. Caldbeck lost their first six wickets before thirty had been reached. Scott Wetherell led a revival, but their final total was put into perspective when Ben Jefferson showed his intent by hitting the first ball of the Threlkeld innings back over the bowlers head for six. Scoring a century inside eighteen overs is a daunting task, but Jefferson managed the feat with the assistance of ten sixes as his team managed a near seventy run advantage on first innings. Meanwhile, at Wetheral, a youthful Appleby side went on a run fest of their own, scoring at more than ten an over, with Morgan Fothergill leading the charge. Wetheral responded, but still found themselves with a fifty run disadvantage. Words were spoken during the break, and two different sides emerged for the second half. Caldbeck came out all guns blazing with Wetherell continuing in the same vein, crucially with assistance from Matthew Burbury and Chris Hellon. The deficit was wiped out by the ninth over as they built up a decent lead. Wetheral’s bowlers responded in the same manner; five wickets taken before fifty, but it was Robbie Mather who put the finishing touches to the innings, taking four wickets in less than four overs as Appleby collapsed. Remarkably both sides batting last needed 121 to win their respective contests. Threlkeld scored twenty in the first four overs, but with catches held, and some tight bowling matters swung the home sides’ way as Jefferson, the first innings tormentor, was bowled for a second ball duck. Seven wides in an over illustrated the pressure being exerted by the situation, but the batting side were not exempt as for the first time the run rate started to climb to the extent that fifteen were required from the last over. Sean Merone, in keeping with his bowling throughout the match, conceded just three runs and took a wicket sparking celebrations from the team and locals alike. After offering ridiculous odds at halftime for a home team win there was also a tinge of relief for the first team captain that nobody had taken him up on the offer. At Wetheral the pendulum swung both ways as runs were scored and wickets taken. Thirty eight off twenty four balls probably represented equilibrium. Brian Garnett and John Miller swung the game in their favour to the extent that four were need off the final over. A single, followed by two dot balls pressurised Miller into going aerial and getting himself caught. Fortunately the two had crossed, and with the Appleby fielders closing in Garnett successfully managed an aerial route which evaded the fielders and crossed the boundary rope to seal a place in the final. Those matches rather overshadowed what was an interesting set of league fixture results. The surprise in the Premiership was that top lost to bottom as Staffield won at Stainton by four wickets. With Caldbeck winning at Temple Sowerby, and Nunwick at Appleby, three points separate the three earlier mentioned in the runners up spot. Four points is the difference between the top four in Division One. Leaders Kirkby Stephen lost at home to Rockcliffe, Shap comfortably beat Carlisle Academy and Edenhall, winners last week in the final over, did the same again in two wicket win at Longtown. That win gave Edenhall a one point advantage over Shap, with Rockcliffe and Kirkby two points further away. At the moment Division Two appears to be a two horse race in which Carleton have taken the favourites mantle following a fifty run win at fellow promotion aspirants, Gamblesby. If you believed that Division One was squeaky then Division Three is too close to call; Caldbeck II, Stainton II and Wetheral all won and are equal on points at the top of the table.

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Scotby (a)

197/6

40

lost

Braithwaite (h)

201/6

39.2

 

Stuart Farrer

James Swann

Peter Dixon

54

56

34no

 

 

Jason Pyke

Phil Knight

83

48

 

 

Dan Pyke

Gilbert Pyke

10-1-37-1

10-1-33-1

 

 

Andy Teasdale

Dan Swann

10-2-33-0

10-2-28-3

 

Gilbert writes: Saturday saw again nigh on perfect conditions with the previous week’ pitch was reused as it was simply a belter. The match between Braithwaite and Scotby was in footballing terms a six pointer as both were at the wrong end of the league table for their liking.  Braithwaite won the toss and inserted Scotby. The  Scotby top order were riding their luck with several edges, a run out turned down and missed timed lofted shots; Braithwaite continued their ability of shooting themselves in the foot with several missed catches. However, they were exerting some good control with the ball as the visitors had only reached 58/2 by the half way mark. Key was wickets in hand as some wayward bowling saw Scotby accelerate their run rate. Farrer and James Swann added a third wicket stand of 94 runs with both batsmen reaching fifties before both falling in quick succession. With overs starting to run out Scotby were in full slog mode with Dixon scoring heavily. Zaninetti, after being deposited into the adjoining cow pasture far too many times for the captain’s liking, picked up some late wickets. Braithwaite’s bowlers tolled hard on what again was a bowler’s graveyard although dad Pyke and the prodigal son, Dan, strove manfully. However Scotby by then had set a daunting target for the home side to chase.

A good start for the home side saw an opening stand of 24 before the pace of Dan Swann got the break through; a mini collapse saw the home side lose three wickets for ten runs. Certainly, Braithwaite were then let off the hook as the visitors could only muster ten players therefore plenty of gaps in the field allowed Knight and Jason Pyke a relatively trouble free start . After seeing off the opening spell from Swann who completed a six over spell taking 2/7, both batsmen began to climb into the change bowlers. The game was nicely poised as Knight and Pyke shared in a fourth wicket stand of exactly 100 runs before the returning Swann removed Knight with a brute of a ball which was adjudged caught behind. Dan and Jason Pyke added a further 40 runs before Jason holed out to end an excellent innings. Scotby had to gamble bringing back both Teasdale and Swann, but crucially the pair could not find a break through. With 15 needed from the final three overs Andy Pepper hit ten runs to bring the home side to within touching distance of victory .A final twist to proceedings saw Peter Dixon bowl an impressive wicket  maiden in the penultimate over. With a bye scored in that over the equation was three needed Zaninetti slapped the ball for a maximum.

A hard fought game where Scotby would have certainly won if they had a full side.

A mention to efforts of Kevin and Andy Pepper who, despite early season despair, and Friday night’s rainfall, created a wicket which produced over 800 runs in a little over a week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

T Sowerby (h)

195/6

40

lost

Caldbeck I (a)

199/7

37

 

James Farmer

Alistair Craig

Steve Hodgson

52

40

37

 

 

Ben Tickle

Jack Proudlock

51

49

 

 

Callum Donald

Jack Proudlock

Kevin Pattinson

10-3-36-0

9-2-34-1

10-0-47-4

 

 

Steve Hodgson

George Burne

10-2-27-2

10-3-43-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Stainton I (h)

101

38.2

lost

Staffield (a)

104/6

38.2

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Bamber

33

 

 

Paul Jeffries

Richard Bamber

James Cranston

Terence O’Neil

9.2-2-22-3

10-1-24-1

9-5-13-3

5-2-9-3

 

 

Jonny Ridley

Stewart Marshall

Jeff Marshall

10-2-24-1

8.2-3-15-1

10-4-15-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Nunwick I (a)

194/7

40

beat

Appleby I (h)

187

39.2

 

Ben Littleton

Jack Peet

89

38

 

 

Joe Davidson

Chris Kirkpatrick

75

30

 

 

Mark Ousby

Chris Scarr

10-3-35-1

10-2-36-3

 

 

Graeme Bain

James Tweedie

10-5-24-2

8.2-1-42-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Carlisle II (a)

204/7

40

beat

Culgaith (h)

125

34

 

M Grant

Nick Whitfield

Matthew Trickett

Simon Plevin

39

55

37

28no

 

 

 

 

 

 

R Bryson

8-0-40-4

 

 

Nick Whitfield

Phil Frazer

Simon Plevin

9-2-28-3

9-1-33-4

8-1-20-2

 

                                                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Carlisle Acdy (h)

117

 

lost

Keswick II (a)

119/3

 

 

 

C Westmorland

32

 

 

Graeme Dixon

30no

 

 

 

Andy Clarke

Keith Richardson

Will Atkinson

7-0-11-4

10-1-39-3

5-0-11-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keith writes: Carlisle Academy is a very young side with, on this occasion, only one senior player, Steve Crampsey, captaining and overseeing their endeavours. Steve explained that Carlisle CC is currently experiencing some difficulty in getting more senior players to commit to appearing regularly in weekend league teams. I do not think the Edenside club is alone in this, it is an issue that increasingly affects a lot of clubs as other interests, sporting / social or both sometimes take precedence over a regular commitment to cricket. Steve's efforts and those of other players who help him out at Edenside are to be congratulated. The positive he can take from all this is that a club does not have a future unless it has a good coaching structure and strong junior players. Carlisle most certainly has on the evidence of the very youthful XI it turned out as an Academy team on Sunday against Keswick 2nd XI, themselves not at their strongest because of county call ups, the Tour de France and the like.
The ability, technique and bravery shown by all the young Carlisle batsmen, and especially the runs scored by Westmorland and Ruaridh Barker (22) were a credit to them and their club. All the youngsters in the Academy team showed massive energy and enthusiasm and as a unit they did well accumulate their final total on a bowler-friendly strip. A couple of showers had given the track a degree of unpredictability and this did not ease as the sunshine of a glorious Edenside afternoon and early evening baked the surface. For Keswick Andy Clark took most wickets at least expense while the team held all six catches offered.
On the shortened boundaries (Carlisle III’s were playing Shap on the adjacent pitch in another Division One encounter) the home side's eventual total  was well below what was needed but the shot of the day saw No 4 Ruaridh Barker  neatly dispatch a Jamie D'Leny delivery over the square leg boundary for six. Opener Westmorland was more conservative at the other end but both these young batsmen have bright futures as do many of the other players in this Carlisle side. They retained their enthusiasm right to the end and were well led by Crampsey.
Keswick reached a winning total off 25 overs for the loss of just three wickets with captain Graeme Dixon, once he had found his range, top scoring, with good support from Andrew Bryson (25) Andy Clark (20) and Karl Link (25no).
After the match Steve Crampsey joined the Keswick team for a pint or two in front of the grand old pavilion at Edenside. It was a good pint as well, greatly enjoyed by the non-drivers amongst us, and the journey back to Lakeland was made in beautiful sunshine, the fells sharp and verdant in the soft evening light (hic!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Carlisle III (h)

146

38.2

lost

Shap (a)

147/3

25

 

 

Ian Oultram

35

 

 

Gavin Sisson

Archie Darroch

64

24no

 

 

 

Alex Darroch

Lee Stockdale

Archie Darroch

10-1-43-2

10-1-28-2

10-4-17-2

 

 

Hamzah Dhalech

6-0-33-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Longtown (h)

140/9

40

lost

Edenhall (a)

141/8

39.2

 

 

Steve Dickinson

Tony Steele

34

54

 

 

Lisa Fleming

Martin Gate

34

45no

 

 

 

Jamie Armstrong

Jack Hale

Jonnie Kidd

10-2-34-1

7-0-22-3

7-2-17-5

 

 

Tony Steele

Steve Dickinson

10-1-28-2

10-3-19-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Langholm (a)

161/8

40

beat

Wigton II (h)

89

 

 

 

Duncan Elliott

72

 

 

Eoin Taylor

34no

 

 

 

D Thomlinson

Stuart Ward

Eoin Taylor

8-0-34-3

10-3-34-1

9-2-38-3

 

 

Gregor Park

Stephen Johnstone

Duncan Elliott

7-1-26-2

10-3-23-6

6.3-0-18-2

 

 

Awaiting scorecard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

K Stephen (h)

 

 

lost

Rockcliffe (a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awaiting scorecard

 

                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Patterdale (h)

116

39.3

lost

Wigton III (a)

117/8

37

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elliott Armstrong

Tane Manihera

10-2-18-0

8.3-1-24-3

 

 

Richard Kelso

Darren Love

10-4-6-2

10-3-25-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Appleby II (a)

34

29.1

lost

Lowther (h)

36/1

11.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stuart Birkett

Roger Townsend

Ed Tallis

David Salkeld

9-3-12-2

4.1-1-10-1

10-8-4-5

6-1-8-1

 

 

Phil Cook

6-3-4-0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Carleton (a)

213

38.5

beat

Gamblesby (h)

161

31.3

 

 

Alex Smith

Sean McDermott

55

49

 

 

Jevon Mason

37

 

 

 

Steve Watson

Darren Coleman

10-1-44-1

2.5-1-2-4

 

 

Ben Smith

Lee Field

10-1-40-2

10-2-41-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Great Corby (h)

208/7

40

beat

Baggrow

70

14.4

 

 

Mike Tiffen

Adam Harrison

Mark McAlindon

35

36

39

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Raven

Peter Turner

10-1-31-0

10-0-36-1

 

 

Jacob McAlindon

3.4-2-11-4

 

 

Mike writes: Baggrow arrived at Great Corby short on numbers and under strength. Having skittled Corby for 32 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season their eight men were looking for a repeat to stand a chance in this game. Most of their hopes seemed to rest on the broad shoulders of John Raven. He bowled with his usual venom but the home team batsmen were more resolute than before and saw off his opening eight over spell without loss. With his usual partner in crime absent the wily Peter Turner kept things tight at the other end but Corby reached a respectable 70 for 1 from the first 20 overs. A second wicket stand of 75 between Mike Tiffen and 15 year old Harrison set a firm base. Quicker runs followed notably from Mark McAlindon and his 13 year old son Jacob who crafted a superb 25 including 13 runs with 3 delightful fours from the first over of Raven's second spell. The gaps in the field helped Corby to their highest total of the campaign.

After a wonderful tea Baggrow set about pulling off an unlikely result. John Raven came out all guns blazing and, whilst he lost a couple of partners early on including one to a brilliant direct hit run out from Nathan McStay from close to the boundary, the scoreboard was ticking over quickly. The decisive moment was when Adam Brown's in swing clipped Raven's leg stump the contest was as good as over. There was some resistance from young George Kemp (17) who found the middle of his bat on several occasions but it wasn't long before Corby could savour victory as Jacob McAlindon mopped up the tail. Corby had forgotten what a win felt like but their group of talented young cricketers with a few old heads deserved a change of fortune; here's too many more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

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TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

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Div 3

Nunwick II (h)

113/8

40

lost

Wetheral (a)

116/2

26.5

 

 

Mike Carrick

40

 

 

Brian Garnett

42no

 

 

 

Graeme Campbell

Mike Downie

Mark Sykes

Marco Oliver

8-3-17-0

10-0-24-0

10-2-25-4

10-2-29-4

 

 

Craig Robinson

6-1-18-0

 

 

Norm writes: With due consideration to the age of his side captain for the day, Craig Robinson, decided to bat (the total age of the last four in the batting line up was nigh on 200 years, and that included one aged twenty odd) Wetheral had also gone down an age old route and grabbed an innocent from the local pub earlier. Spiced by the overnight rain the pitch was more than helpful to the bowlers, and only Mike Carrick came to terms with the conditions. The pitch was less spiteful by this time and Wetheral took advantage with some steady batting and generous fielding, much to the annoyance of Ollie Dixon who saw four catches fly through an almost non- existent slip cordon. Wetheral captain, Richard Timperon, concerned at the start, especially as the first person he saw was Adam Collin (he didn’t play) became a more relaxed individual as the game unfolded, positively purring with delight at the conclusion; eight points with a weaker side and a good workout for a significant game the following day. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Keswick III (h)

85

27.1

lost

Stainton II (a)

88/0

10.2

 

 

Jamie Wilson

35

 

 

Callum Fawcett

Roger Holliday

55no

19no

 

 

 

James Ritchie

Nick Lancaster

John Forrester

6-0-16-4

6-3-4-2

2.1-0-4-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keith writes: Promotion chasing Stainton 2nds had a comfortable victory over Keswick 3rds at a sunny Lower Fitz Park on Sunday. Young Jamie Wilson, a 20/20 specialist if ever there was one, likes to put bat to ball and his quick fire innings, batting at No4, included six boundaries. When he learns to treat better balls with greater respect he might even make himself a century and win his team a game in the not too distant future. The much-improved Karl Lewis was 18 not out at the end but, other than that, Keswick had little to offer and the visitors quickly crossed the finishing line with openers Holliday and Fawcett making light of Keswick's youthful opening attack, Fawcett hitting three sixes and five fours in an unbeaten half century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Lanercost III (a)

112

27

lost

Caldbeck II (h)

116/2

14.1

 

 

B Baker

B Allen

31

33

 

 

Chris Hellon

51

 

 

 

Sean Merone

Phil Richardson

Scott Wetherell

7-2-12-1

7-2-18-2

7-0-43-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Irthing Vale (a)

141

35.2

lost

Penrith III (h)

144/3

21.3

 

 

Alan Matthews

48no

 

 

J Marshall

Dan Morland

61

67no

 

 

 

J Marshall

9-2-20-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cup J

Appleby (a)

193/5

18

 

Wetheral (h)

149/6

18

 

 

Morgan Fothergill

L Beckwith

62

33

 

 

Marco Oliver

Richard Timperon

37

27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dean Hartley

5-0-28-3

 

 

 

Appleby (inn 2)

76   269

16.3

lost

Wetheral (inn 2)

121/7  270

17.5

 

 

L Beckwith

22

 

 

Marco Oliver

26

 

 

 

Graeme Campbell

Mike Downie

Robbie Mather

5-0-22-3

5-0-23-1

3.3-0-7-4

 

 

Andrew Lightfoot

Dean Hartley

5-0-24-3

4-0-16-1

 

 

Richard writes: What can I say, what a game. A couple of heavy showers late morning threatened the game briefly but when play started on time the sun was out and the ground was all but dried out.  Wetheral then won the toss and asked Appleby to bat first. 

Wetheral got a couple of early breakthroughs removing Brakewell and having Brabbins run out but Appleby were already at 42 after 5 overs and had moved onto 88-2 after 10.  The next eight overs went for 105 runs, with Appleby finding gaps, Wetheral shelling catches and spending most of their time chasing and looking for balls. Appleby were well in the driving seat but only a quarter of the game had passed.

Needing to score at a rate at ten an over from the off Wetheral reached 35-1 after 5 overs.  After 10 the total was now 70 with Oliver and Chris Slack still at the crease.  Both were looking comfortable and ready to accelerate but first Slack holed out to Errington and Oliver was run out.  Wetheral were now at 92-3 after 12 still requiring a minimum of 71 to avoid a potential follow on.  The home side with the help of an occasional boundary and some wayward bowling managed to scramble to 149-6. 

A first innings deficit of 44 meant Appleby had a choice to make and after some discussion decided not to enforce the follow on. If Wetheral were lacklustre and off-colour in the first innings then the second innings was a completely different story.  Campbell and Downie opened up the second innings having been held back from the first and the gamble slowly started to pay off.  Appleby were 20-3 after 5 and then 45-5 after 10. Campbell and Downie bowled beautifully and were well supported as the home side chased everything in the field cutting off boundaries and finally taking their catches.  Appleby now lead by 89 with eight overs left to bat and five wickets in hand.  Mather re-entered the fray and took the game by the proverbial “scruff of the neck” he pulled Wetheral back into the game by removing Appleby’s tormentors from the first innings taking four wickets in the process.  Young Brabbins was the final wicket to fall with nine balls remaining.  Wetheral were set a target of 121 to win – game on.   

The first innings tail of Campbell, Downie and Mitton between them managed to put on 39 in the first 5 overs for the loss of three wickets.  The home side were probably favourites at this point requiring 82 off 13 overs.  But crucially Chris Slack had fallen for only a single trying to run one away on the offside only for Josh Brabbins to make a great diving catch.  Oliver and Timperon set about keeping the scoreboard ticking taking ones and twos taking their side to 67 after 10 and then 76 after 12.  Timperon and Oliver both fell during the next two overs; Timperon lbw and Oliver getting himself caught.  Now at 87-6 after 14 the game was a 50/50 call (34 off 24).  Garnett and Millar all but took the game away from Appleby needing just four runs off the final over. A single off the first ball was followed by a couple of dots meaning three from three.  Johnny Millar fell the next ball but the batsmen did cross bringing Garnett back onto the strike.  The field had closed in and on the penultimate ball Garnett lifted one up and over midwicket for four and with it the game.

A hard fought contest played in great spirit throughout and we wish our friends from Appleby all the best for the rest of the season.

 

 

Cup J

Caldbeck II (h)

95/8

18

 

Threlkeld (a)

162/3

17.5

 

Scott Wetherell

35

 

 

Ben Jefferson

Sam Robinson

100

43

 

 

Sam Robinson

Ben Jefferson

James Price

Michael Webster

5-1-23-4

4-1-13-2

5-1-30-2

4-0-18-0

 

 

Sean Merone

5-0-17-0

 

 

Caldbeck II (inn 2)

188/3  283

18

beat

Threlkeld (inn 2)

108/9   270

18

 

Matthew Burbury

Scott Wetherell

Chris Hellon

35

79no

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sean Merone

Chris Hellon

4-2-15-3

5-0-29-4

 

Matthew writes: Second Division Threlkeld arrived at Third Division Caldbeck II as the heavy morning showers gave way to watery sunshine.  It was agreed to that game would be played on grass, and with a juicy, but drying top, the toss looked pivotal.  Threlkeld won and had no hesitation in bowling.  This decision was vindicated, as the home side had no answer for the movement from Robinson and Jefferson, aided by two sublime slip catches by skipper Bannister. After six overs the home side were shell shocked on 23 for 6, and the game appeared all but over as a contest.
Craig Pattinson joined Scott Wetherell and the pair added 36 runs for the seventh wicket.  Colin Daglish joined Wetherell for the last four overs and with a mixture of quick singles, and a few lusty blows got the home side up to 95 for 8 after their 18 overs.
By now the pitch was dry, and had lost some of its early menace.  Jefferson showed his intent by lofting the first ball back over the bowlers head for six.  He and Robinson punished the Caldbeck bowlers, and the home skipper tried in vain to use only four bowlers in the first innings.  Jefferson reached his century, and was the stumped without adding to his score; his tally of six fours and ten sixes showed his destructive ability.  Some lower order batsmen were promoted, and the Threlkeld lads enjoyed seeing Steve Forsythe reach double figures, as bets were laid on his scoring ability. A couple of quick wickets appeared meaningless, and when Webster was out on the penultimate ball of the innings, the Threlkeld captain declared, avoiding using a batsmen for one last ball. With the score showing 162, a tea time lead of 67 made pretty pleasing viewing for the away support.
Youngster Sean Merone and Richard Woods were required to open the innings for Caldbeck, and enjoyed their moment in the spotlight racing to 35 in 3 overs, with some big sixes before Oliver Dunn removed both batsmen. Scott Wetherell and Matthew Burbury continued the run rate, with a view to wiping off the deficit, and posting a score that would restore some pride. The deficit disappeared in the ninth over, and with the large crowd enjoying the spirit - both shown and brewed - the assault on the Threlkeld bowlers continued.  When Burbury was run out for 35 the score had moved to 121, Chris Hellon joined Wetherell and the pair moved the score quickly along bolster their final score, helped by hitting twelve sixes during the innings.
Having been put to the sword in the first innings, the Caldbeck bowlers knew they had to be tight in their bid to restrict Threlkeld to anything below the target of 121.  Richardson and Merone opened, but Richard Bannister was severe on anything wayward, and with Thompson had race to 20 in the fourth over. A stunning rolling catch by Burbury to dismiss Bannister ignited the crowd, and with Merone dismissing Dunn for one, the balance was starting to swing. Change bowlers Woods and Hellon kept up the pressure, and when centurion Jefferson was bowled second ball for a duck the impossible seemed possible.  Robinson smashed 12 in one over, but was then caught low down on the boundary by Merone off Hellon’s last ball of his spell. With three overs to go, the visitors required 25 to win, but evergreen MacFadzean used the sun to good effect to keep Davenport and Mattinson to singles.  The returning Richardson succumbed to the pressure and bowled seven wides early in the penultimate over, but gathered his composure to bowl three dot balls which left 15 required off the final over.  The skipper's dilemma was whether use the slow pace of MacFadzean, or the youthful pace of Merone.  After much advice from the side-lines Merone got the nod.  Old guard Michael Webster had the job of getting Threlkeld across the line.  Two dot balls, and then a single meant the visitors required boundaries to win.  Merone bowled Webster with the penultimate ball of the match and a single off the last ball signalled wild cheering from the Caldbeck Barmy Army.
Caldbeck somehow had won a game that their first team skipper had offered odds of 100-1 on at half time, but no one had the confidence to take him on.  A brilliant game of cricket; amazing catches, Jefferson’s superb century, and plenty of banter, but with over 500 runs in 35.5 overs man of match was Sean Merone with combined figures of 9-2-30-3 in such a run fest.