Birthday bonus as Bridge secure West Tyne title
Published at 07:36, Wednesday, 25 September 2013
THE 150th anniversary party has not stopped for Haydon Bridge Cricket Club as they reclaimed the West Tyne League championship.
In a year which has seen various one-off events held, including a game against the MCC, the celebrations continued after making sure of their second title in three years with a comfortable final day success over Humshaugh.
In danger of folding a few years back, the sporting community rallied around to ensure the club reached its 150th birthday and they have been rewarded by finishing six points ahead of main rivals Haltwhistle.
Fearing any slip-up may let their title chasing foes in, Bridge started slowly on a wet wicket and only managed three runs from their opening nine overs.
Chris Welton was watchful as he lost three teammates cheaply, until Jamie Taylor joined him to allow the pair to accelerate the scoring.
When Taylor went, quickly followed by Mark Elliott, skipper Graeme Pigg gently nursed Welton close to his 100 before he struck out a fantastic six for his maiden century.
Haydon Bridge finished on a formidable 170-7 with Matt Williamson the pick of the bowlers and Dickie Purvis picking up wickets with players trying to hit everything.
Humshaugh started their reply slowly with only Allan Murray and Nick Reid getting into double figures. Once they departed, the run rate dropped to under one an over but Humshaugh managed to see out the overs.
Once again, all Bridge bowlers were excellent, especially Tommy Waugh who took 5-10 off 12 overs.
The 10 points was more than enough to secure the trophy as Haltwhistle lost by 74 runs to a much improved Stamfordham side.
The hosts, who finished the season third bottom, posted a great score of 283 for the loss of just one wicket, runners-up Halty giving it a good crack but falling short on 209.
South Northumberland III’s stay in Division One was brief, sent packing back to the second after being dismissed 15 runs shy of the total third placed Wylam had posted.
Guided by an opening stand of 103 from Raffell and Rayner, Wylam posted 186-6 which South North fought hard before Vever finished them off with the first ball of the final over.
Prudhoe required just one point going into their home game with Benwell Hill III and, despite losing by seven wickets, they guaranteed their safety with three batting points.
After losing Alnwick, Thompson, Howden and Zuralew to leave them on 41-4, the required point for 50 runs was secured with Gary Chamberlain and Shaun Sagar at the crease.
Sagar went on to top score with 36, edging Prudhoe past the 100 mark despite some tight bowling all around from Hill.
A stand of 44 from openers Hopper and Hynd guided Benwell to victory in 25 overs, the 10 points picked up keeping them in fifth place as the season drew to a close.
Last season’s double winners contented themselves with the KO cup and fourth in the table this year, Hexham Leazes ending with a victory at Stocksfield II.
Despite Walker claiming five victims, opener Newton steered Leazes on the right path with a half century consisting of five fours and a six.
But they stuttered to a combined total of 122, Thonpson, Webster and Vincent the only other batsmen to make double figures.
In contrast, only Walker and the unbeaten Knight made 10 or more for Stocksfield as some lethal bowling, particularly from Griffiths and Toward, sent the hosts packing.
Allendale finished ten points behind as they earned 10 points in their 28 run victory at home to Matfen Hall.
Raglan was again their main man as he hit 12 fours and a six on his way to making 79, Rutherford and Sunda the only other batsmen to make a valuable contribution as they ended the innings on 184-8.
The low scores elsewhere was largely down to some great bowling from captain Pilkington, who claimed six wickets, while every other player apart from Vanner was given a go with the ball.
Matfen managed to hold on to prevent Allendale a maximum haul, the hosts similarly spreading the bowling around with eight used.
Vanner spearheaded Matfen’s reply with a half century, while Pilkington and Duncan both chipped in with scores in the 20s .
However, the overs ran out while on 156.
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This week in... 1949Friday, December 9, 1949...
A workman was buried alive while digging a drain in the Prudhoe Urban Council's housing estate at Oaklands.
Workmates rushed to the aid of 50-year-old Richard Barclay, of Stocksfield, when the wall of the trench he was digging collapsed.
They managed to dig his head and shoulders free before finally pulling him from the earth. He was found to be suffering from shock and bruising.