Haydon Bridge set their sights on title
Published at 07:35, Wednesday, 18 September 2013
ENDING Wylam’s title chase in the process, Haydon Bridge remain in pole position going into the final lap.
In a low scoring game with their third placed visitors, Bridge picked up 10 points in the 17 run victory to remain three clear of main rivals Haltwhistle.
Batting first, their score of 105 seemed below par for hard hitting Wylam but their bowling performance was up to scratch to ensure their noses remain in front.
Jamie Taylor with an unbeaten 36 was the only batsman to really stamp any authority during the innings, although Mark Elliott and Michael Cunningham made, what turned out to be, very useful contributions.
No-one else made double figures with Ben Duncan and captain Andy Paton impressing with the ball for Wylam by claiming eight wickets between them.
Wylam’s reply started well with Graeme Raffell and Alex Rayner, but their demise brought about a batting collapse which saw Paton go for a duck.
Although Wylam refused to bow out, Bridge recorded a total of 12 maiden overs with Elliott taking the plaudits as chief wicket taker with four to his name.
With a century from the experienced Michael Parker - his 11th career ton - neighbours Haltwhistle are breathing down their necks.
They defeated Matfen Hall by four wickets at Tipalt Flats, making tomorrow’s final day fixtures do-or-die for the top two.
Haltwhistle won the toss and skipper Richardson invited Matfen to bat, Matfen losing captain Pilkington early on.
This brought Duncan to the crease who did well to accelerate the scoring before Thompson had him caught at mid on.
Vanner batted well with a flurry of wickets falling around him to pass 50, Matfen posting a challenging sore of 186 for Haltwhistle to chase.
And they were off to a flyer when Ticky Parker peppered the boundary, while son Dan lost his wicket for just four runs.
Thompson and Parker snr built a strong partnership before the former was run out, leading to a flurry of wickets for Matfen.
Carl Bell came in to partner Parker with Haltwhistle on 180 with two overs remaining, and he grabbed a single in the last over to put Parker on strike with the scores level.
With Parker on 99 and two deliveries left, he just survived a yorker from Duncan before he secured victory for Halty by smashing the bowler for six to round off a fantastic batting performance.
South Northumberland III are favourites for the drop as their cancelled game at home to Hexham Leazes worked against them.
Relegation rivals Prudhoe need just one point tomorrow to guarantee their safety following their vital seven wicket triumph over Allendale.
Batting first, Allendale were restricted to 127-8 before their hosts knocked off the score within 30 overs to all but secure their Division One status.
There was a big win for third bottom Stamfordham as they claimed maximum points in their two wicket success at fifth placed Benwell Hill III.
The home side put in a poor batting performance as they opened, being dismissed for just 90 with Riaz claiming four wickets and Adamson chipping in with three.
Hynd offered some resistance with 45, but his teammates were falling all around him.
Despite fantastic figures of 6-13 from Wright, Stamfordham scraped over the line with Weller top scoring with 23.
Stocksfield II’s push for a top five finish continued in fine form, their 84 run triumph earning them maximum points at Humshaugh.
Their total of 143 was posted with an offering of 39 from Tyrrell and 20 from Thirlwell, their innings remaining intact despite three wickets for Ed Crawford.
Humshaugh’s response did not come, Jones top scoring with 18 as they were removed for just 59 runs.
Thirlwell ended the day with four wickets and Walker with three.
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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.