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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Thirlwell stretches Stocksfield’s lead

TEENAGER Rob Thirlwell again turned the screw as Stocksfield regained a very commanding position at the top of the league table.

The in-form youngster took the first five wickets to start the decline in opponents Bates Cottages’ innings.

His five-fer saw his side open up a 22 point lead over second placed Tillside after they were defeated at Clara Vale.

Chasing Stocksfield’s 198-7, Bates got off to a storming start and their openers Gavin Turnbull and Paul Merryweather had them looking extremely good value at 94-0.

But Thirlwell (5-37) found his stride after the drinks break and a spell of superb bowling put Stocks firmly right back in control.

From that point on, it was comfortable for the away side with Emerson Brown (3-20) and Andy Wood (1-32) coming in to clean up and leave Cottages 55 runs short.

Put into bat, Stocksfield had batted well on a slow, difficult wicket but ran out of overs just two runs short of maximum points for 200 runs.

Opener Alex Brown (67) set them on the right path with another good knock, and he was well supported by Steven Henderson (28) and Ben Archer (17).

Sam Mannion then came in and added a quick 34 as a good all-round batting display saw Stocksfield put on a creditable le 198.

Corbridge survived an early scare to pick up the victory at home to Ashington Rugby, their bowlers stepping up to the plate to prevent their guests getting anywhere near their innings total of 174.

Batting first, Corbridge lost openers David Cook and Dave Smurthwaite to ducks to leave it looking like a long afternoon for The Stanners side.

But skipper Chris Fowler (34) and Tris Douglas (30) stopped the rot until the captain departed to a catch with the score on 57-3.

Douglas and Andrew Percival (10) then put on 14 before the former was clean bowled with Percival going at 89-5.

Again solid partnerships were being formed as Mark Ryan (15) and Ross Atkinson (35) made 32, and Atkinson and Andrew Dover (16) put on 30 to take Corbridge past 150.

Jack Garrett (0) did not last long at the crease, but Dover, Dean Robinson (16 no) and David Hardy (2) took the score to 174 all out.

Corbridge’s bowlers were in fine form from the off, though, Ryan (2-21) and Hardy (5-28) took three early wickets to leave Ashington reeling on 18-3.

Hardy was in ruthless mood and built on his early wicket by taking the next four, seeing the away side slump to 65-7.

Fowler (2-13) got in on the act before Garret (1-2) finished things off to see Corbridge to a comfortable 95 run victory.

Corbridge II's total of 164-5 was never quite enough for victory over Monkseaton, their hosts seeing off the target with three wickets in hand.

Douglas McKendrick (76) and Ben Brown (53) made a big mark with the bat, but their teammates were not able to put up as much resistance.

Monkseaton knocked the score off with one over to go despite Chris Jowsey (4-27), Harry Oliver (1-46) and Jonathan Dunkley (2-33) in the wickets.