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Carlisle Cricket Club 1st XI maintain 100% home record at Edenside

Photo Phil Turner

Carlisle maintained their 100 per cent home record this season and ensured victories in all three 40 over fixtures in the Lukeys Sports CCL Cup competition.

The Premier Division Champions followed up victories over Keswick and Wigton with a tight two-wicket win over Penrith in their final match of the season.

In front of an appreciative Saturday afternoon crowd at Edenside, Carlisle reduced Penrith to 105-9 from their 40 overs after skipper Marc Brown won the toss and inserted the visitors.

Once again Josh Stirling was the pick of the bowling attack, returning excellent figures of 4-23 as the visitors innings struggled to gain momentum. Asher Hart and Greg Hall being the only noteworthy efforts with the bat.

After the interval, the home side found batting conditions equally testing as the gloom descended and Carlisle reached the target in the 39th over with Ben Davidson and James Lythgoe the principle contributors, as Greg Hall picked up 3-30 for Penrith.

Carlisle and Keswick top the North East qualifying section on 18 points but with a superior net run rate, the Fitz Park men go through to the north semi-final next Saturday.

This competition has proved a great success and it is hoped that the CCL can incorporate a short format competition into the full league program in 2021 when Carlisle will defend their Premier League title.

Carlisle will defend their Cumbria Premier Division title in 2021 when a full league program will return.