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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Walker tears through Wylam’s middle order

WYLAM lost ground in their title challenge, slumping to their first defeat of the season at Stocksfield.

Allendale Seconds were defeated by Haltwhistle on Saturday.

The home team’s first change bowler Trevor Walker ripped through the heart of Wylam’s line-up, taking five wickets at a cost of only 25 runs in his 12 overs spell.

Only skipper Alex Rayner, Mark Rowell and Peter Smith reached double figures as Wylam were skittled out for just 102 in 39 overs.

Rowell did his best to keep Wylam in the hunt, taking four quick wickets in his opening burst.

But an unbroken eighth wicket partnership between James Watson (30 not out) and James Tolchard (15 not out) saw Stocksfield home.

Humshaugh also registered their first defeat of the campaign, on the losing end of a low-scoring game at Hexham Leazes.

The result meant Leazes leapfrogged Wylam in the table, leaving them only two points adrift of second placed Humshaugh.

Captain Allan Murray’s decision to ask Leazes to bat appeared to pay dividends.

Rival skipper Ben Thompson top scored with only 14 as his side struggled to 84 all out in 42 overs.

But in reply, opening bowler Dan Toward returned figures of 6-15 in his allotted 12 overs and Humshaugh were skittled out for just 72 runs.

Murray tried to rescue the situation with a dogged innings, before he fell to a caught and bowled chance snapped up by Toward.

Champions Haydon Bridge now remain the only unbeaten side in the league.

They stayed on top thanks to an easy nine wickets win at Haltwhistle. The home side’s tally of 79 proved no match for the runaway leaders. Haltwhistle remained rooted to the foot of the table, without a victory to their name.

In a low-scoring weekend, Allendale topped the run-scoring charts in their away win at Prudhoe.

Kiwi import Kendall Nolan top scored with 70 as Allendale reached 163 for the loss of seven wickets.

Prudhoe replied with conviction, thanks to a productive opening partnership between Ryan Chamberlain and Zak Walker.

But they both fell victim to Nolan, giving Amit Sunda an opportunity to account for four middle order wickets, as Prudhoe ran out of steam 46 runs short of their target.

Benwell Hill’s opening bowler Mark Wright took five wickets as home team Matfen were skittled out for just 34.

Wright also shone in Benwell’s innings, top-scoring with 43 in his side’s total of 131.

But in reply, Matfen never threatened, with only Mitch Ross showing any defiance in his knock of 20.

Mitford enjoyed their visit to Stamfordham, trouncing the home side by 73 runs.

In the second division, Wark narrowly missed going top of the table, going down to a slender defeat at the hands of leaders Medomsley.

Paul Armstrong took three wickets in a miserly spell as Medomsley were contained to 102-7 in their allotted overs.

The home side were always in the hunt until a late burst by Mark Charlton, who took six wickets, saw Medomsley home by a 10 runs margin.