Another batting collapse after decent bowling

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Greenside (208) v Morpeth (44) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A2

A CENTURION was the difference between the two sides on Saturday.

Most batsmen struggled to make even a reasonable score, but Greenside opener Paul Reed was in command and made an excellent 103 not out.

However, there were positives to be taken from Morpeth’s bowling display. Sam Bethell caused a number of problems and he had the other opener, Mawson, caught by Paul Jackson for 10.

He then caught and bowled Stephenson for a duck and had Wilkin caught by Jackson.

The hosts took back the initiative when Scott provided Reed with some decent support and they took the score towards 150 before Scott was caught by Paul Gillie off the bowling of Callum Lawn for 39.

Lawn claimed another two scalps and Mackay got in on the act when he bowled Mitchell.

Bethell and Mackay then took their fourth and second wickets of the innings respectively as Greenside were dismissed for 208 (there was also a run-out).

In reply, Morpeth could not handle the home side’s bowling attack and were soon in deep trouble.

Resistance finally came as Lawn and Jackson (11) managed to reach double figures.

Lawn was left stranded on 19 not out as the visitors were all out for 44.

Brown was the pick of the Greenside bowlers with figures of six for eight off his seven overs. Simpson and Wilkin picked up two wickets each.

Morpeth are away at Alnwick on Saturday. The game starts at 1pm.