Big away-day victory for youngsters

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Tynedale CC U13 v Morpeth CC U13 Arrows

The Arrows’ cup campaign got off to a winning start on Sunday with a superb team performance to defeat a very well organised Tynedale team.

In the soggy conditions, it was surprising that the game was actually played.

Morpeth took to the field in confident mood and quickly showed their intentions through a series of excellent pieces of fielding.

In the first over, a strong off-drive looked a certain four until Thomas Davidson dived at full stretch to field the ball and his excellent throw resulted in a run-out. Things got worse for the home side as Nathan Byatt took two wickets in his first over to leave the batting side three wickets down with only three scored.

Morpeth’s fielding was superb throughout the match, but this opening spell, which included some excellent run-saving fielding, seemed to lift the whole team.

Nathan Clemmitt performed admirably and certainly did not look out of place behind the stumps, stepping in as wicket-keeper and showing the excellent spirit that exists in the team. The encouragement and vocal support was really pleasing to witness.

Tynedale got themselves back into the match thanks to some sensible batting from Roberts and Scott. Having seen off Morpeth’s opening bowlers, their partnership took the score to 43, however, thanks to Holly Jordan and Daniel Dixon, who continued to bowl full and straight, scoring runs was still difficult.

Morpeth eventually broke the partnership in the 16th over when Scott was caught and bowled by Andrew Wilkinson.

Matthew Dodds came back into the attack, which resulted in Roberts lofting a chance to cover where Elliott Clark took his second catch of the day. The final four overs saw the home side trying to score quickly to build a score for Morpeth to chase, but further brilliance in the field resulted in an easy run-out for Dodds and a direct hit by James Weatherburn, which saw Tynedale finish their innings on 61 for eight.

Morpeth openers Clark and Byatt were asked to play sensibly to steer Morpeth to victory, however, they managed to score quickly without giving chances to their opponents.

As well as running quick singles at every opportunity, both players were striking the ball beautifully and a series of impressive boundaries saw the visitors’ total quickly move towards 50.

Byatt was first to reach his 30, which resulted in his retirement and the introduction of Weatherburn for his first Arrows innings. He gladly accepted the challenge of batting at number three and played solidly alongside Clark to ensure that Morpeth reached their target.

Clark fittingly smashed the final ball of the innings for another six to reach his 30 and more importantly to see Morpeth achieve their victory target (they scored 67 for one) with nine overs to spare.