RAIN caused havoc in the Westmorland Cricket League as a majority of games were cancelled. Division One was the worst hit as all matches were called off.

Holders Shireshead booked their place in the semi-final of this year’s Hackney & Leigh Trophy with a four wicket victory at Burneside.

Burneside elected to bat first as Dave Jack (2 for 12), Joe Oliver and Simon Gould bowled well. Chris Dixon and Lee Tattersall (24) ensured a competitive 98 for 6

The Shireshead reply got off to a good start as Simon Gould (54 from 42 balls) raced out of the traps as he opened the innings with 17-year-old son Jake. Gould struck seven fours and one six as he added a further 54 with Paul Yates as Shireshead were on the brink of victory at 71 for 1.

Wickets fell to Sam and Lee Tattersall for Burneside. However, Shireshead eased home as they won by four wickets.

In Division Two Sedgwick were in a strong position before rain washed their game out with Kirkby Lonsdale.

Sedgwick won the toss and chose to field on a damp pitch, with the game reduced to 35 overs a side. Kirkby Lonsdale made a solid start through D Thompson (34) and S Williams (28). However, once Williams was dismissed, wickets fell, while only M Beaumont (11) made double figures. J Dalzell returned figures of 5-24 while C. Norman contributed with figures of 4-22, as Kirkby Lonsdale were all out for 92 in 32 overs.

Sedgwick raced ahead in their reply and needed just 21 runs to win thanks to C. Miller (28) and I. Wilson (43). However, after 13.1 overs further showers put the breaks on Sedgwick's victory charge as the umpire decided to call the match off.

In the only game to be completed in Division Two, Shireshead A tied with Coniston in a 35 over a side contest.

Coniston closed on 133 for 9 while Thomas Anderton returned figures of 7 for 46.

Shireshead, with an excellent knock of 46 from Robert Skipworth, needed two to win off the last over. However, Anderton was run out, as the game was tied.

In Division Three Carnforth A defeated Sedgwick A. Sedgwick were reduced to 3 for 4 and 21 for 7 by the bowling pair of T Barnes (3 for 25) and S Rich (3 for 8).

B. Pickthall (10) and M. Salisbury (15) battled with a partnership of 19 before a tenth wicket partnership of 33 by T. Nicholson (20 n.o) and A. Matthews (10) saw Sedgwick all out for 74.

Carnforth knocked off the runs thanks to R. Braggs 39, while R. Pearcy (19) and J. Thornton (12) saw Carnforth over the line.

Holme A's game with Galgate was rained off. Holme A declared on 187-4, Liam Teasdale scored 79 while Paul Duckett made 55 off 49 balls. Eddie Glover returned figures of 2-54.

Galgate made 127-6 off 28 overs, when rain came back to finish the game, Tom Lister scored 60 off 40 balls and Josh Smethurst scored 32 off 38. Lee Barnes returned figures of 3 for 31.

Bare A comfortably defeated Ambleside A in Division 4. Bare A were all out for 103. However, A. Morrison returned figures of 5-22, as Ambleside were all out for 56.

In Division Five, Carnforth's 3rds claimed a winning draw with Bolton-le-Sands. Carnforth closed on 158/9, but Bolton-le-Sands battled as they finished on 132/9. Carnforth's J. Woodend returned figures of 6-49.