Furness will be crowned Cumbria League Premier Division champions on Sunday if they win at Wigton and Cockermouth don’t get maximum points from two weekend games.
The Sandair side are currently 26 points behind the south Cumbrians with Sunday’s game at home to Lindal Moor in hand.
Their depleted team lost by 69 runs in their crunch clash at Furness on Saturday which meant the title was their hosts’ to lose.
Furness travel to Wigton on Saturday while Cockermouth entertain Workington, who have already beaten them in knock-out cricket – the T20 and the Higson Cup.
To keep the title race alive they have to beat the Valentine Ground side and follow-up at home to Lindal Moor.
That will take the contest into the last two weeks of the season when Furness have games with Whitehaven and Cleator, both at home. Cockermouth also conclude with two home games against Wigton and Carlisle.
If the battle for the title appears to be almost run, that’s not the same at the other end of the table where Whitehaven and Lindal are in a straight fight to avoid the drop.
Going into the weekend Lindal have a two-point advantage and also the game in hand at Cockermouth.
On Saturday Lindal entertain Carlisle, knowing that Whitehaven face a Dalton side that has fought its way off the bottom of the table over the second half of the season.
In the last two matches, Lindal play at Millom (the team they beat on Monday) and finish off at home to Wigton.
Whitehaven certainly seem to have the tougher finish, going to Furness and then to Haverigg.
Whoever goes down will be replaced by Egremont who have already clinched the Division One title.
The other games on Saturday are: Cleator v Keswick and Millom v Haverigg.