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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Benwell earn batting points

MANAGING to get 40 overs, Benwell Hill III picked up a batting point in their abandoned game with Wylam.

With the rain spoiling the fun at the weekend, only Benwell claimed more than the four points gained for drawn games as they made more than 150 runs before the rain came down.

Dan Hunter (61) led the way as he passed his half century before being clean bowled by Andy Paton (1-44).

He came in at number three after Ben Smith was caught by Paul Robinson off Kevin Marshall (3-52) for 10, Hunter and captain David Ladd (18) helping them past 50 runs.

Once Ladd was lbw to Robinson (1-14), Leighton Hopper helped push the scores on with a quick fire 38 off 25 balls but he met his match with the score on 96-3, caught by Paton off Mark Rowell (1-20).

Hunter and Rafael Selby moved them close to the five points for reaching 150 runs, but main man Hunter departed to Paton after chipping in with seven fours and three sixes on his way to posting 61.

While Marshall claimed the wickets of both Thiranga Darshana (3) and Narendra Boyapati (8), Selby (15no) and Joe Torre (4no) remained at the crease at 164-6 before the call came to abandon the fixture.

Haydon Bridge looked in cruise control when top played bottom as Stamfordham visited, but the teams ended up sharing the points.

Batting first, Stamfordham were on 41-7 as some top bowling from Joe Barber (4-16) and Jamie Taylor (2-13) kept things tight for the hosts.

Stamfordham skipper suffered an early blow when their skipper and leading light Ian Donkin (3) was bowled by Barber and they never recovered from that.

Richie Gledson (11no) looked to stop the rot when he came at number eight, and he helped prevent Bridge picking up a bowling point for getting the team out as he remained at the crease when the heavens opened.

Second placed Hexham Leazes were at 51-2 in their home game with Matfen Hall, captain Ben Griffiths (11no) and Paul Newton (10no) looking to cause some damage before the inevitable call off came.

Leazes had lost the opening pair of Ben Thompson (19) and Matt Joyce (4), Thompson lbw to Aaron Tiffin (1-23) and Joyce caught by Alex Pearse off Charlie Robson (1-14).

Humshaugh’s opening duo of Allan Murray (5no) and Nick Reid (11no) helped their side to 17 without loss but that was as far as they got as Allendale’s VIP day was rained off.

There was no play managed when Prudhoe welcomed Haltwhistle and Mitford hosted Stocksfield II.