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Keeping Cumbria batting

There's a decline in the number of people playing cricket. Credit: ITV Border

With the ashes just around the corner, local cricket organisations are considering how to get more people involved in the game.

Cumbria Cricket Limited is currently dealing with a decline in the number of people playing cricket.

Participation is down seven per cent according to a recent survey and some feel the game needs to adapt in order to survive.

Scottish League Cup: first round draw announced

The Scottish League Cup. Credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The first round draw for the Scottish League Cup is out - and it includes a Dumfries and Galloway derby.

Queen of the South will make the short trip to Annan Athletic.

Berwick Rangers will take on Alloa Athletic at home, while Stranraer also start with a home tie, against Stenhousemuir.

Here's the full list of fixtures:

  • Falkirk v East Stirlingshire
  • Berwick Rangers v Alloa Athletic
  • Heart of Midlothian v Arbroath
  • Stirling Albion v Airdrieonians
  • Raith Rovers v Albion Rovers
  • Annan Athletic v Queen of the South
  • Livingston v Clyde
  • Dunfermline Athletic v Cowdenbeath
  • Hibernian v Montrose
  • East Fife v Dumbarton
  • Morton v Elgin City
  • Queen's Park v Forfar Athletic
  • Stranraer v Stenhousemuir
  • Ayr United v Brechin City
  • Rangers v Peterhead

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From Australia to Copeland... to see a statue

William and Aileen Mellor, from Australia, with the statue. Credit: Copeland Borough Council

An Australian couple, who are visiting to watch the Ashes, are taking a detour to Whitehaven to see a special statue.

It's of Ron Looney, the former Cleator cricketer and gurning legend.

William and Aileen Mellor, from Gayndah in Queensland, Australia, met his son by chance in Brisbane, whilst watching England play Austria.

They kept in touch with Ron Looney Jr, and decided to make the trip to the Copeland Centre in Whitehaven to see the statue.

The concept of gurning took them by surprise:

One letter we received a few months ago told us to look up ‘gurning’ on the internet. We were surprised to read all about his dad being turned into a statue.

We had never seen or heard of such a competition before. We looked it up and there was all of these people pulling funny faces.”

– William and Aileen Mellor

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