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Monday, 25 May 2015

Bowlers blast Newton to top

GREAT performances by all four Newton bowlers kept the lid on Wark’s big hitters - shooting them to the top of Division Two in the process.

Belsay Cricket Club first team.

With Andy Goulding in particularly devastating form, third placed Wark were only able to muster a combined 92 which is well below par for the North Tyne side.

Matt Scattergood, Chris Wilkie and Andrew Jones all played their part with two wickets each, only Brad Potts having any joy as he made 31 of the total.

Captain Paul Armstrong made many partnerships with the middle order and he was the last to depart as Newton put the pressure on.

As equally as good with the bat, the away side made light of the total as opener David Reay and Chris Wilkie set up the comfortable victory.

They made the most of Medomsley slipping up at Newcastle III, a remarkable bowling spell from 16-year-old Richard Warwick helping the hosts record a six wicket victory.

The teenager finished with 4-5 from his nine overs, and, with veteran captain Nick Humble chipping in with three wickets, Medomsley were removed for 89.

With both sides only able to field 10 men, Newcastle fielded six juniors and their youthful enthusiasm saw them pick up the useful victory as 14-year-old Finlay Pearce formed a match-winning partnership with Andreas Hagemann.

While father and son duo of Terry and Mark Charlton shared four wickets for Medomsley, stand-in wicketkeeper Muhammad Jamil made sure of the points for Newcastle.

There was just a second win of the season for Wylam II as Chris Harrison provided the standout performance of the innings with a half century.

Asked to bat first by Haltwhistle II, they looked in trouble as Ahmed quickly accounted for captain David Teasdale and Ryan Lowes in the same over.

The Halty opening bowler was in fine form and took the wicket of David Lamb - playing in the same side as son Matthew and daughter Katherine - to leave Wylam precariously placed at 30-3.

Angus Wright and Harrison repaired the damage against some friendly change bowling, but the former fell following the introduction of Matty Charteries and Harrison departed to the return of Ahmed after making his maiden 50.

On a competitive score of 173-6, it was left to Richard Opie and Matthew Lamb to push the score past the 200 mark.

Opie then picked up with the ball where he left off with the bat to finish with figures of 5-27 in an excellent spell as Haltwhistle were dismissed for just 65.

Katherine Lamb chipped in with two wickets, including an excellent caught and bowled to make it a good day for the family, as only Ben Hampshire made any real impression on the scoreboard for Haltwhistle.

Belsay made hard work of their victory over bottom club Stocksfield IV, brothers John and Robert Fraser having to put on a partnership to see them home.

Father and son Chris and John Catnach were the top scorers for Stocks, but Belsay eventually toppled their opposition with two deliveries remaining.

The early wicket of Aynsley rocked Belsay but they recovered well due to a good third wicket stand between Seamus Kay and Matty Fenwick.

A mid order collapse due to good bowling from captain Chris Catnach and Sam Douglas had Belsay worried, but the Frasers stepped up to the plate to rescue the game.

Biren Shah, with 25 runs and 3-9, came away with the plaudits as Mitford II beat Stocksfield III by 59 runs.

Sent in to bat first, Mitford openers Steve Jones and Rich Brown saw off the opening salvo of Matthew Scandle and Thomas Irwin, seeing first change bowler Darren White striking with his first ball.

Brown soon fell to Elliott Trott and Mitford lost further wickets to go four down, while skipper Graeme Potts and Andrew O'Neill needed to rely on ones and twos on a defensive track.

Mitford really got going with the introduction of Shah as he did not hang about, the team heading towards 150 until Potts fell in the 40th for a hard earned 26.

The hosts made early inroads into Stocksfield’s batting line-up with Patrick Smith removing Tobin, but it was Shah who made the biggest impact, which including a stunning catch at cover by Craig Mole.

Having been restricted to 16 runs off 16 overs at one point, and with only two Stocksfield batsmen getting into double figures, it was the 23 extras that boosted the Stocksfield total to 79-8.

South Northumberland 1864 continue to make things interesting at the top as they defeated Hexham Leazes II by eight wickets, David Parker’s bowling limiting the away side to just 71 runs, Michael Watts making the most headway for Leazes.

South openers Ben Sidney-Wilmot and James Moon did the damage, but it was Howard Mark Sidney-Wilmot and Owen Hollins who remained in bat as they made it over the line.

Meanwhile, Allendale II were presented with 12 points as Humshaugh II failed to field a team.