Another defeat for second string

Seaton Burn II (85-3) v Morpeth II (84) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division B2

MORPETH seconds suffered their third successive loss of the season despite an impressive innings from the club chairman Rod Rogers.

The match started in blustery conditions and in the worst possible way with the loss of Lawn (bowled for a duck) and Michie (caught for 0) inside the second over.

Opener Cowell was left watching on as the visitors struggled to get the run rate going in a positive direction, not helped by the loss of Lyall for another duck. By this point Cowell was starting to find that bat on ball would produce runs on a very quick outfield.

Jones was the next batsman to return to the changing rooms after an interesting LBW decision which looked a little high for 0. With the score still in the mid-teens, Rogers strolled to the crease in a lofted position from his usual spot at 11.

Rogers and Cowell played with control and confidence in waiting for the bad delivery and with the pace of the outfield they were able to get the scoreboard ticking towards the 40 mark before Cowell looked for one big shot too many. He misjudged the pace of a pull shot, which was well caught, for 14.

The next three batsmen were able to stand their ground and eat up some overs and allow the confident Rogers to get the scoreboard ticking over. With the score at 65-8, he was joined at the crease by the debutant 15-year-old Clark, who showed great determination and skill to hold his wicket for six overs and support Rogers on his route towards 50.

The change of bowlers for the home side had the desired effect, with the slow spin bowler getting Clark caught behind for a spirited 0. Rogers was left with no partners after Young was caught and bowled and the chairman was unable to reach the landmark 50 as he finished 46 not out. The Morpeth total of 84 all out was always going to be difficult to defend and it turned out to be the case as the Seaton Burn II batsmen played sensibly and used the wind to keep the scoreboard ticking over. The fielding from the Morpeth side also contributed to the run rate as they made some sloppy mistakes.

Lawn and Lyall tried their best to make the important breakthrough and it eventually came in the sixth over as Lawn got one to move away from the batsman and find an edge to wicketkeeper Rogers.

Michie then replaced Lyall running up the hill and into the wind and he was able to make another breakthrough after a fine one handed catch into the sun from Lyall.

But by this point, Seaton Burn were well on their way to their target and despite Michie claiming his second wicket of the game, the home side comfortably chased down the total. This proved that the Morpeth score was probably about 45 runs short of what was needed.