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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Waller keeps his cool on his return to duty

ALLENDALE preserved their 100 per cent home record with a five wicket win over Stocksfield.

Allendale won the toss and elected to field first.

On a sporting wicket, Stocksfield were in big trouble reduced to 61-6 in the 25th over.

Chris Catnach, with a watchful 33, rescued the situation allowing Stocksfield to post a total of 127-8.

Geoff Sparke was the pick of the Allendale bowlers taking 3-25 in his 12 overs.

Allendale’s innings got off to a disastrous start standing at 13-3 at one stage.

When veteran Barry Waller arrived at the crease, coming out of retirement for the fourth time this season, he immediately brought the situation under control compiling an unbeaten 49.

Geoff Sparke and Mike Leveratt struck some lusty blows in support helping Allendale reach the target in the 39th over.

Prudhoe won the toss and asked Humshaugh to bat first on a good hard wicket with only a tinge of green.

Opening bowlers Knights and Hall backed their captain’s decision with excellent spells, but were unable to make a breakthrough. And, for once this season, all of the Humshaugh top seven batsmen managed double figures, with the outstanding contribution coming from Wraith with an unbeaten 64.

With the ball, youngsters Hall and Chamberlain backed up the more experienced Frazer admirably.

Frazer carried on his good day with a well made 47, although Reid was particularly unlucky not to pick up early wickets, having beaten the bat on numerous occasions.

However, once Arnup and Renton had removed the inform pair of Thompson and Alnwick, the scoring rate was just too much for the incoming batsmen to keep up with, allowing the home side to ease home in front of the those watching, who had seen a good game of cricket on a fine summer’s day.

Wylam hosted Matfen on a lovely sunny afternoon. The pitch was flat and hard and so obviously Wylam inserted the visitors after winning the toss!

The decision to bowl first was justified though, as Rowell and Robinson soon had the visitors three down for 17.

At this point Laughton and Blackett Snr dug in for Matfen to add a valuable 40.

Once Laughton was well caught and bowled by Robinson the visitors offered little resistance and were all out for 98.

Robinson’s five wickets were the difference.

In reply Smith and Teasdale used the pace of Cooke to get away quickly although neither of them could go on.

It was left to Rowell and Vever to knock off the runs to seal a comfortable eight wicket win for Wylam which sees them finish second in the league for the second season running.

Benwell Hill had no hesitation in choosing to bat after winning the toss at Mowden on Sunday.

Wilkie and Telfer bowled well and scoring was not easy as both teams realised the importance of this bottom of the table clash.

Wickets fell and it was not until Haxon arrived at the crease did the scoring rate increase.

At 108-7 an under par score appeared likely but Tasswar scored a rapid 42 to take the final score to a challenging 162-8.

Telfer ended with four wickets and Jones bowled impressively to achieve 3-21 from his 12 overs.

The Newton batsmen started carefully, but it was not long before Archbold had two of the opening three back in the pavilion.

Wilkie batted well hut holed out on 35 when a big innings seemed likely.

Jones was batting well and went on to score an excellent 60 not out as Newton finished on 134-9, 28 runs short of their target.