RAIN wrecked the programme in the Westmorland League over the weekend.

On Saturday only seven balls play was possible, but that was sufficient to generate a little piece of history at Sedgwick. For the first time two women umpires officiated a game in the League.

Local umpire, Tracey Williams was joined by Jasmine Naeem, who has become a familiar face to television viewers of The Hundred. Indeed, she had swapped the glamour and modernity of Cardiff’s Sophia Gardens ground on Friday for the Edwardian splendour of Sedgwick House and its iconic clubhouse.

Jasmine started her umpiring career in the Ribblesdale League in 2015 and her progress shows the opportunities now available for women officials.

SPORT: Jasmine and Tracey in front of the clubhouse

SPORT: Jasmine and Tracey in front of the clubhouse

As well as umpiring at all levels of the women’s game, she is a familiar face in the Lancashire League.

The Westmorland League would welcome more female umpires and its umpires association will be running Stage 1 and Stage 2 Courses over the winter.

Both men and women will be welcomed on the course and anyone interested should email the League Secretary for details tim.mansfield@btinternet.com.

A waterlogged ground also led to the abandonment of the Hackney and Leigh Final on Sunday. Shireshead and Trimpell will hope that the weather is kinder on Sunday 22 August when the game will be now played at Cartmel CC.

Sunday 15 August 11am will see Ambleside play Sedgwick 2nds in the final of the Kendal Sports Trophies competition, which will be followed at 3pm by the final of the British Rose Cricket competition where Coniston will play Kirkby Lonsdale.

Both games will be played at Arnside CC where food and drink will be available all day.

WESTMORLAND: The saturated ground at Cartmel that prevented play in the Hackney and Leigh final

WESTMORLAND: The saturated ground at Cartmel that prevented play in the Hackney and Leigh final

In the cricket that was played on Sunday, Graham Dodds (58) and Louis Rogerson (38) helped Carnforth 3rds to 169 despite Jack Rawlings taking 4/48 and Harry Wallbank 3/35 for Heysham 2nds. Chris Boak (32) and Richard Townsend (45) got the visitors off to a good start, but were pegged back by Carnforth’s young attack and despite 33 not out by James Hesketh, Heysham were 12 runs short and had to settle for a draw. There was also a draw at Morecambe where Bolton le Sands batting star Ben Anderton (80) dominated the innings of 161/8, Adam Horrobin taking 4/20.

After an early clatter of wickets, Horrobin (57 not out) and Jack Lupton (50 not out) had put Morecambe 3rds in a strong position where they needed 34 from 8 overs with 6 wickets in hand, only for the rain to return.

In Division 4 Kirkby Lonsdale 2nds made 145/6 and bowled out Sedgwick 3rds for 50. Shireshead 3rds beat Morecambe 4ths by 8 wickets after spinner Connor Passenger took 4/30 to bowl them out for 90.

63 not out from Adam Coates from only 45 balls made short work of the reply.

Coates with 11 fours and a six scored 50 runs in boundaries.