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.
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
The Rugby World Cup is set to begin in September, and work is already underway in Cumbria to train more coaches.
That's necessary because the number of young people involved in the game is expected to soar - presenting grass roots clubs with a unique opportunity, but also a huge challenge.
Ryan Dollard went to find out more:
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.”
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Carlisle United have announced their pre-season friendly fixtures and they are as follows:
- 7 July - Blyth Spartans - Away (7:30pm)
- 9 July - Workington - Away (7:45pm)
- 11 July - Penrith - Away ( 3pm)
- 25 July - Bradford City - Away (3pm)
- 28 July - Preston North End - Home (7:15pm)
- 1 August - Oldham Athletic - Home (3pm)
A primary school in the Lake District has celebrated the opening of its new sports field.
Grasmere School now has an area that can be used for variety of sports including football, cricket and athletics.
It was officially opened by Grasmere resident and former olympic runner John Kirkbride.
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Defender Alexander McQueen and winger Angelo Balanta have both signed with the Blues ahead of next season.Read the full story ›
A bowling green in the city has been marking its 150th anniversary today.
Competitors at Carlisle Subscription Bowls Club dressed in costumes from the Victorian period to mark the occasion.
Tim Backshall reports.