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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Mitford eat into Newton’s advantage

MITFORD II's title challenge in Divison Two was boosted when opponents South Northumberland 1864 conceded.

With a game in hand over leaders Newton, they were allowed to close the gap to 19 points as a result of receiving maximum points for the visitors’ no-show.

But a consolation for table topping Newton is that they were able to pick up five points as they bowled out their guests Newcastle III.

Jason Clark (26) and Mohamed Kim (44) made decent contributions, but Sam Warwick (17) was the only other batsman to reach double figures as Newcastle ended on 116.

The score was kept down largely due to some decent bowling from Amila Prabandhika (4-32) but the other bowlers of Christopher Telfer (2-27), Matt Scattergood (2-23) and Andrew Jones (2-26) all chipped in.

Newton’s reply did not get started as the rain clouds took over.

Belsay had made 132-7 before their home game with Medomsley was abandoned, youngster Seamus Kay(28) and Simms (23) making good head way with the bat. Terry Charlton (3-41) and Mark Shaw (2-22) were in the wickets for Medomsley.

Hexham Leazes II are the new leaders of Group B - although they will be left feeling they should be sitting on a bigger margin than just two points.

Openers Raji Kingman (84) and Rob Willis (98no) were in ruthless mood as they faced Stocksfield IV, helping their side pass the 200 mark which would have seemed out of reach for their opponents to chase.

But they had to settle for five points as the abandonment came with the score on 215-2, edging ahead of the idle Wark who have a game in hand.

Stocksfield III had made their way to 67-5 before their game with Humshaugh II fell victim to the rainy weather.

Opener Ralph Marrison (25) put the pressure on, but he lacked a partner as his young colleagues came and went, Humshaugh’s Joe Johnson (3-20) and Scott (2-18) taking the wickets.