There were two centuries in the Eden Valley Cricket League at the weekend — a whopping 156 not out from Threlkeld’s Jamie Lihou and an unbeaten 107 for Adam Carter, of Gamblesby, while Carlisle III’s Eddie Mitchell just missed out with 99 not out.
Lihou’s score came hot-on-the-heels of team-mate Ben Jefferson’s 187 not out last weekend.
Best bowling figures of the weekend came from Appleby’s Ryan Davidson with five for 35.
Keswick II team enjoyed their first Eden Valley League win of the season when they defeated table-toppers Patterdale by seven wickets at a sweltering Fitz Park in front of another large crowd.
Patterdale batted first in a game reduced to 36 overs-a-side and were dismissed for just 70 from 28.3 overs.
In reply, Keswick made a match-winning 72 for three from just 12 overs. So the game was all over by 5pm.
Still, the good-sized crowd — socially distanced around the ground — stayed on to enjoy the sunshine and each other’s company.
On the field of play wicket-takers for the home side were Dan Craghill (3for 15 from nine) Ben Sharp (3 for 18 from nine), captain Jamie D’Leny (2 for 16 from five), Sam Crowther (1 for 14 from five) and Tom Mattinson (1 for 0 from 0.3).
Among the runs were Paul Ireland (25) Jerry Turnbull (24no) and Dan Craghill, who made 10 in an opening slot.
There was further cricket at Fitz Park in the Eden Valley Sunday League when Stainton, batting first, made 198 for five from 36 overs and Keswick’s thirds fell short on 144 all out.
For Stainton, Ed Tallis (49), Matty Walker (44) and Daniel Forrester (35) led the way as spin bowler Matthew North took two wickets, and Alfie Davies and Dylan Speight one apiece, all conceding 21 runs each. Jerry Turnbull took an exceptional catch on the boundary edge.
In reply, captain Karl Link (40), opener Matthew North (32) and the highly promising young all rounder Will Jones (18) made runs as Forrester (3 for 30 from seven) and John Forrester (2 for 6 from two) took wickets.