Cumbria Cricket leagues end of season round up
A warm and relatively dry end to the cricket season meant all the leagues were played out to a conclusion without any interference from the Cumbrian weather.
Furness CC one again finished top of the Premier league seeing off the challenges from Carlisle, Cockermouth and Keswick.
LIndal CC were relegated on the last day of the season by just a single point from Whitehaven.
In Division 1 Ergremont were crowned Champions, Seascale runners up with Whitehaven the side to be relegated.
Millom CC topped division 2, Egremont were runners up, dalton finished at the foot of the table but no relegation from this division.
In the Palace Shield Competition Penrith won the league and a return to the Northern League, Vernon Carus were runners up and Barrow 3rd.
In the cup competitions Workington defeated Furness in a low scoring encounter to lift the trophy.
Millom lifted the Vigodney overcoming Vickerstown comfortably.
In the Smith Trophy Dalton saw off the challenge from a youthful Barrow CC side and Cockermouth ran out winners against Kirkby CC in the Marsden Trophy.
The Sowerby Cup was won by Ulverston as they beat Egremont.
In the T20 Cup Furness beat Dalton in the South Final whilst Workington saw off Cockermouth, but it was Furness who lifted the County T20 Final as they proved too strong for Workington on the day.
In the individual honours Michael Slack won the batting with 912 runs in 19 innings with a high score of 137 and an average of 65.14, but special mention must go to Furness professional Pramod Muduwantha who finished with 868 runs, a high score of 105 but an incredible average of 173.6, no doubt helped by his 11 not outs!!
In Division 1 Rob Fugler hit 484 runs from 14 innings at an average of 48 and a high score of 142.
John Burns took the division 2 award as he amassed 501 runs at an average of 38.5, no doubt helped by his 199 against Barrow CC.
In the bowling Maduwantha led the way with 38 wickets at an average of 10.6 in the Premier division. Division 1 was Coady Scott with 46 wickets and average of 8.41 and Gareth Benson with 35 wickets at 4.41 in division 2.
One of the big success stories of the season was Cumbria reaching teh final of the NCCA trophy. Unfortunately they couldn’t get passed an experienced Berkshire side, but they should be very proud of what they achieved over the season. We asked Gareth White for his thoughts on the season, here’s what he had to say..
” ’ve been really pleased with the season, especially the white ball side of things. We knew that the longer format was going to be tougher as a lot of the boys haven’t played three-day cricket before but you could see with the Buckinghamshire result before the Covid-postponed final game that we had improved dramatically as the campaign went on. Some brilliant individual performances from Sam Dutton with the bat and Michael Slack with the ball were synonymous with our success in the 50 over group stages, seeing us take some big scalps with Cheshire and Staffs both beaten. As we moved into the knockout stages, good performances by Matthew Sempill and Paul Hindmarch saw us through to the semi-final where a bowl-out was needed to beats Cambridgeshire. Sadly in the final, we came up against a rampant, strong Berkshire team who were deserved winners on the day. It has been great to have an almost fully Cumbrian team, led by the excellent Gary Pratt, who has fully embraced the changes to selection rulings. There are things to improve for next season and some different players to be looked at but the 2021 season has been an excellent introduction to National Counties Cricket and as Chairman of Cricket, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of players to work with. Their spirit, attitude and qualities are excellent examples of what we are looking for in our teams and they have been a pleasure to watch and see develop together”.