THE HISTORIC County Championship cricket clash between Lancashire and Durham at Sedbergh School this week was blessed with favourable weather as healthy crowds watched an absorbing four day game unfold.

The match, the first ever first class encounter to take place in Cumbria, attracted national headlines with the superb setting of the ground prompting complimentary remarks, and the fact that that the game saw England ace Jimmy Anderson pick up an injury which threatens his chances of playing in the forthcoming Ashes series also made news across the land.

The game itself proved captivating and went the full four days, an indication of the excellent wicket prepared by groundsman Martin South.

Despite disquiet by some Lancashire members at the distance they were forced to travel and teething problems which saw an official supporters’ coach reportedly turned away from the official car park in error, the general consensus was that the week had been a success.