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Marcus Sharp claimed match figures of 12-60 in his final game before retirement as Cumberland wrapped up a convincing 369-run victory over Northumberland at Barrow.

Sharp, who was captain of Cumberland for six seasons from 2004, took 7-28 to bowl the visitors out for 67 in the first innings before returning 5-32 in a second innings total of 112 to wrap up his side’s victory with an hour to spare on the second day.

The opening bowler, who ends an 18-year career, took 344 wickets in his 98 Minor Counties Championship games.

Alex Atkinson top-scored with 68 as Cumberland overcame Jonathan Malkin’s 5-96 from 31 overs to post 287.

On the back of a heavy defeat against Cambridgeshire in their previous match, Northumberland were struggling from the off and were bowled out for a mere 67, conceding a first-innings lead of 220, thanks to Sharp and Martyn Evans’ 3-18.

Cumberland's 261 all out second time around, in which all-rounder James Smith top-scored with 64 off 62 balls, left the visitors with a mammoth victory target of 482 to chase.

However, after being 24 for five, Michael Craig added an unbeaten 28 to prolong the inevitable as Cumberland, captained by former Durham batsman Gary Pratt, sealed fourth place in the Eastern Division table.

Pratt’s side have also remained unbeaten in the championship for the second season running.