May Sports Round Up

ROBERT HAILE gives us the latest sports round up with Rugby Union, League and cricket.

Cumbria cricket round-up

In for the swing: Egremont captain drivers through Dalton in season opener.

In for the swing: Egremont captain drivers through Dalton in season opener.

IT was an exciting start as the 2016 cricket season got under way on Saturday, April 30 – Egremont 1st welcomed Dalton 2nd.

Egremont batted first and with Dom Chambers making 138 the home team had 249 to defend. Dalton were all out for 88.

Cleator 2nd hosted Vickerstown, while Cleator 1st travelled to Workington. It was not a good start for either team as Cleator 2nd were all out for 125 chasing Vickerstown’s 188 and Workington chased down Cleator’s 163.

Seascale 1st faced Kirkby-in-Furness 1st. Batting first Seascale made 240. Kirkby in reply made 237 and only needed 10 runs off the last 6 balls to win.

Saturday, May 7 saw Egremont travel to Vickerstown while both Cleator teams faced both Furness teams.

Seascale travelled to Workington to face their 2nd team. After a dominant home performance Egremont came up short against Vickerstown only making 135 after bowling the home team out for 205.

Cleator 2nd almost won away to Furness 2nd but were all out for 110 in reply to Furness’s 118 while Cleator 1st beat Furness’s by 8 wickets after chasing down Furness’s 101.

Saturday, May 14 saw Seascale host Haverigg while Cleator 2nd travelled to Egremont. Cleator hosted Whitehaven.

Batting first Seascale set Haverigg a target of 220 which they made by the 34 over with a loss of 5 wickets.

The local derby between Egremont and Cleator 2nd gave Cleator bragging rights as they bowled Egremont out for 100 before a successful chase gave them victory.

The fireworks were happening in Cleator as they restricted Whitehaven to 128 before opening pair Robert Mason and Tom Sharpe reached this in only 17 overs.

Egremont 2nd travelled to Whitehaven 2nd for the first game of their season – restricting Whitehaven to 193

Egremont must have been feeling confident going out to bat, only to be bowled out for 122.

Sunday, May 15 saw Cleator start their 2016 journey towards Lords as they faced Read in the Davidstow Village Cup.

Batting first Read set Cleator a target of 214.

Carrying on from where they had left off Cleator’s opening pair set off at a quick pace and it looked as Cleator would have another easy win.

Read had other ideas and fought their way back into the game to set up a nail biting final few overs for Cleator to come through for the win.

Rugby League round-up

Diving for it: Egremont try to halt Siddal’s advances.

Diving for it: Egremont try to halt Siddal’s advances.

The season is now in full swing with the top and bottom of the league taking shape.

Egremont Rangers manged to get their first win of the season a 26 – 20 home win against Hull Dockers on Saturday, April 16.

A high flying Siddal side condemned Rangers to their fifth defeat of the season, second at home with a tough 6 – 18 victory on Saturday, April 23.

Rangers were the only fixture on Saturday, April 30 as they beat Lock Lane 24 – 22.

The away match with West Hull proved to be too much for a recovering Rangers who went down 24 – 8 on Saturday, May 7 and the home game with Rochdale Mayfield on Saturday, May 14 is one that many fans will want to forget with a score line of 10 – 52.

Wath Brow Hornets excellent start to the season seemed to be stuttering after the 14 – 14 draw with Kells, the Hornets lost 22 – 10 away to West Hull on Saturday, April 16.

The Hornets winning ways returned with an away 12 – 24 triumph against Wigan St. Patrick on Saturday, April 23.

York Acorn provided a tougher test than many expected on Saturday, May 7 and the Hornets were lucky to send them away empty handed with a 26 – 24 home win.

The trip to Lock Lane on Saturday, May 14 provided a more convincing win as the Hornets were back on track with a 0 – 30 win.

Kells continued their season against fellow new boys Pilkington Recs with a 42 – 6 home win on Saturday, April 16.

An away trip to top of the table Leigh Miners Rangers followed on Saturday, April 23.

This tough encounter left Kells with another close 18 – 10 defeat.

A close home victory against Lock Lane by 19 – 18 followed on Saturday, May 7 before Kells lost 30 – 22 away to York Acorn on Saturday, May 14.

Rugby Union round-up

Running for the win: Egremont sliced through the Workington champions, on route to final.

Running for the win: Egremont sliced through the Workington champions, on route to final.

AS the season came to an end for Egremont they came within a point of being champions after a 12 – 14 win against Carlisle Crusaders with the match being played at Penrith as the damage from the winter storms was still being felt.

This put Egremont in a promotion play-off against Littleborough of the North Lancashire league on Saturday, May 7.

This year sadly was not Egremont’s year as Littleborough proved too strong and ran out 35 – 3 winners.

Before this however a cup semi-final against Workington on Saturday, April 30 was to be dealt with.

A close match was predicted as the league champions came to Egremont.

The home team romped to an impressive 31 – 14 win and a final with Furness.

Cup final day was Wednesday, May 11 saw Egremont travel to Millom with the Cumbria Shield the prize.

The Cup final went the way the league had with Egremont running out 25 – 17 to end the season in style.