THE situation at the top of Division 1 could hardly be closer.
Westgate’s 10 wicket demolition of Holme means they are level on points with Carnforth but lead by virtue of games won.
Sam Conroy’s 5/10 helped them bowl out Holme for just 45 before Westgate cruised home. 
Carnforth saw off a spirited Trimpell with an imperious run a ball 130 not out from Chris Parry enabling them to declare on 242/4, Brad Hoyle’s 72 offering fine support.
James Ferguson made 52 from number 9 as Trimpell fought hard, but Archie Rich took a career best 7/48 to see them off.
And Milnthorpe are nestled only one point behind after winning a hard fought game at Sedgwick.
Sedgwick reached 194 with the big hitting Chris Evans making 45 and Jason Dalzell taking 4/57 from a marathon 16 over spell, and Milnthorpe recovered from 134/6 as the experienced Nick Lewthwaite made 35 not out to secure a 2 wicket win with 3 balls remaining.
Arnside has been a batsman’s paradise this season and after the record for the highest ever run aggregate in a match was broken three weeks ago, the second highest ever was achieved on Saturday.
This was largely due to a mammoth 161 not out by Adam Richardson as Arnside posted 296/3, the knock taking the league’s leading run scorer to an aggregate of 593, just ahead of Chris Parry (576).
But Heysham didn’t surrender and Sam Calverley led the counter attack with 129, but Adam Cowperthwaite (5/34) and Sam Till (3/46) ensured Heysham were bowled out for 229.
Shireshead won a thriller at Burneside by 8 runs.
Batting first, they started well as Simon Gould hit 53 from 45 balls, but with Charlie Hutchinson taking 4/53 Shireshead were in desperate trouble at 137/9 before Phil Oliver (47) and Irfan Qayyum (12 not out) added 63 for the last wicket to take the score to 200. 
Rob Davies (40) and Darren Nightingale (74) added 92 for the first wicket in Burneside’s reply and at 162/3, they were big favourites, but enter Mike Mead who with 4/21 was supported by David Jack (4/63) as Burneside’s last 5 wickets only garnered 11 runs.
It was another thriller at Silverdale where Gareth Finley’s 37 ball 52 saw visitors Warton to 168, Curtis Graham taking 4/27. 
The return of big fast bowler Steve Beck was then crucial as he took 4/45 to clinch a nine run win despite Keith Forster’s defiant 42.
Bare are top of Division 2 after beating Netherfield 3rds who posted 161/9, Craig Dixon hitting 66. Archit Bhardwaj then made 72 not out as Bare won by 6 wickets.
Shireshead 2nds beat Penrith 2nds twice in one day, first in a T20 play off when they scored 206 to Penrith’s 178 with Robert Skipworth making 84, then in a league game by 4 wickets. 
Josh Smethurst took 4/13 as Penrith were dismissed for 143, then Colin Twiname made 52 and young Jake Gould 43 not out to secure the win.
Heysham 2nds made 199/8 with 52 from Kyle Whitelock before three wickets apiece from Aaron Cross and Harry Wallbank ensured Cartmel were all out for 92.
Andrew Metcalfe (4/30) and Luke Watson (5/7) starred as Coniston collapsed to 75 all out, the last five batsmen all making ducks, then Mark Beaumont’s 31 led Kirkby Lonsdale home by 6 wickets.
Galgate made 262/7 declared with 97 from Dave Morgan, 56 from Rob Speak and 54 from Jack Bewsher.
But incredibly Silverdale 2nd XI made the highest ever second innings total in Division 3 to win it. Jonty Moeckell made 92 and Jack Dougan 55, before Jack Belcher (44 not out) guided Silverdale home with five balls to spare.
Sam Fletcher took 4/17 and scored 33 as Windermere bowled Sedgwick 2nd XI for 75 and secured a 7 wicket win to strengthen their position at the top.
In Division 4 Ambleside (237/9) beat Coniston 2nd XI after bowling them out for 127 with 4/13 for Barnaby Wileman.
Gavin Kellett took 7/28 as Milnthorpe 2nd XI (183/4) beat Kirkby Lonsdale 2nd XI (114) despite Mark Moorby’s 52. Earlier Adam Smith (79) and Andy Thomas (76 not out) had added 130 for the second wicket. 
A career best unbeaten 94 from Gareth Johnson helped Trimpell 2nds past Shireshead 3rd XI.