Carnforth can start to ask for quotes from the engravers after beating their nearest rivals on Saturday. 

After Adam Murphy (83 from 109 balls) made a career best for the first team to single handedly get Shireshead to 162, they lost Ryan Nelson (8) and Chris Parry (0) to be 12/2.  

Good teams usually find a way out of trouble and Darren Nelson (59) and Shane Dixon (70 not out) stepped up to the plate in a 106-run partnership.

Dixon hit 5 fours and 5 sixes in bringing the game to an early conclusion with six wickets in hand. Earlier, Tom Parkinson (4/21) and Jack Thompson (3/40) had done the damage with the ball. Heysham replaced Shireshead in second place with a 10 wicket win against Burneside. Jamie Cassidy (6/16) and Sam Calverley (3/23) bowled Burneside out for 49.

In contrast, Arnside won a 9-run thriller in a high scoring game at Arnside thanks to the efforts of the Shepherd brothers who both returned season’s best performances. Mike Shepherd (73 not out) was well supported by Craig Barron (62 not out) as they totalled 208/3 which Warton nearly chased down with Shaun Partridge (65), Ali Matthews (33) and Cameron Smith (31) but were foiled by Robert Shepherd’s 6/43.

Bare collected 2 points in defeat to Milnthorpe by 2 wickets which is enough to lift them from the bottom of the table. Frank Smith ground out 35 in Bare’s 119/9, Darren Wills taking 4/27 and his father, Mike, 3/27.

A good all round bowling performance led by Jake Allinson (3/18) pushed Milnthorpe all the way and Sam Woodburn (26 not out) had to recapture the batting prowess of his youth to seal the win. Bottom side Silverdale have struggled for runs all season and Sean Connor (23) top scored as they were all out for 97 with Rob Cope taking 5/15 for Trimpell. Reducing Trimpell to 45/4 gave Silverdale hope, but a counterattacking 40 not out from skipper James Lambert gave the Morecambe side a 5-wicket win.

It is a timely morale boost for Trimpell ahead of their first ever top division final on Sunday. They play Shireshead at 2pm at Cartmel CC. Spectators should use the main grandstand car park at the racecourse.

Westgate profited from 9 dropped catches, 6 from the bowling of Sedgwick opening bowler, Richard Hanson, and a 35 ball 54 not out (4 fours, 3 sixes) from Jack Huntington to post 170/8.

Jason Dalzell took 4/37. Westgate couldn’t remove the Sedgwick run machine, Aaron Lomas (77 not out) who has 540 runs at 67.50. He only received support from Ali Howell (27) and settled for the draw as tenth man, Dalzell resisted a hostile second spell from Dylan Conroy (3/19).

It was a good week for Kirkby Lonsdale. Midweek wins powered by 73 and 76 from James Royce qualified them for the semifinals of the British Rose Cricket Trophy. On Saturday they beat Carnforth 2nds by 103 runs with Royce (48) joined by Giles Cooper (38) and Harvey Williams (30) in compiling 220/9, Luke,Thompson taking 3/50 and Glenn Russell 3/28. Dan Portmann led the way with 3/21 as Carnforth were all out for 117. Kirkby Lonsdale are 28 points clear of Westgate 2nds in third place and are hot favourites to return to Division 1 next season.

On Sunday, they beat hosts Holme in the semifinal by 4 runs. They will play Coniston in the final who beat Shireshead 2nds by 22 runs largely thanks to their opening pair, Robert Warne (34) and George Wilkinson (37) who enabled them to score 85 in the first 10 overs.

140/4 was only par, but Shireshead never really got going against accurate bowling and they didn’t recover from the loss of their captain, Simon Gould for a duck.

Despite Robert Skipworth’s 81, Shireshead 2nds only made 130/9 against Ingleton on Saturday with Josh Capstick taking 3/23 and Luke Gorst 3/30 for the Yorkshiremen.

Mark Hughes (41) and John Reid (43 not out) guided Ingleton to a 5-wicket win. Lee Barnes scored a brilliant 102 not out and Richard Herron made 90 as Holme scored an imposing 262/4 declared.

Coniston were all out for 176 in reply. The game between Windermere and Netherfield 3rds was cancelled because of a waterlogged pitch.

In an exciting draw, Ambleside gained the better of Sedgwick 2nds which enabled them to go back to the top of Division 3. Ambleside made 135/8 and Sedgwick were only three runs short of winning, with four wickets remaining.

Dave Morgan (73) and Qasim Munshi (53) helped Galgate to 211/6 declared but the rain arrived before Silverdale 2nds could bat. Heysham 2nds beat Holme 2nds by 7 wickets and Leven Valley beat Carnforth 3rds with Josh Galloway hitting a boundary from the last ball of the game as they overhauled Carnforth’s 210/4.

Rob Pearcy (45), Lee Potter (46), Lewis Spurr (44 not out) and Graeme Dodds (44 not out) all contributed for Carnforth, but 70 from 89 balls from Nico Dykes in his first game of the season was the day’s decisive innings.

4/25 from Jack Lupton and 3/10 from George Battersby laid the foundation for Morecambe 3rds to beat Arnside 2nds by 10 wickets.

In Division 4, Shireshead 3rds beat leaders Kendal 3rds by 6 runs despite 118 from 107 balls by Oliver Yarker. Veteran Mike Park (3/29) made the difference for Shireshead whose scored 193 with Adam Coates (37) and Jonty Collinson (35) making the major contributions.

Milnthorpe 2nds kept their promotion hopes alive with a 7-wicket victory over Kirkby Lonsdale 2nds.

Chris Hesketh (33) top scored for Kirkby, Bob Baldwin taking 4/24 and Mark Moorby 3/25, but 123 looked meagre and 49 from Moorby against his former side and 35 not out from debutant Alex Aspinwall proved it to be the case.

Four juniors (Joel Frith 42, Arjun Manjare 40, Joe Bradshaw 68 and Oliver Whatmuff 56 not out) enabled Westgate 3rds to score 232/3, which Trimpell 2nds didn’t get near all out for 91, Marcus Palamountain (3/25) and captain Frith (3/5) doing the damage.

Sedgwick 3rds beat Ingleton 2nds by 30 runs and Burneside 2nds beat Coniston 2nds by 3 wickets, having on Friday reached the final of the Moon and Coxhill Trophy by beating Milnthorpe 2nds by 2 runs.