Bowling gives Morpeth the edge

Morpeth's professional Ben Harmison hits out. Picture by Keith Robertson.
Morpeth's professional Ben Harmison hits out. Picture by Keith Robertson.
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Morpeth v Chopwell Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A1

A GREAT bowling performance gave Morpeth a victory that appeared unlikely after the home side’s innings.

The Longhirst Hall-based side were put in by Chopwell and were soon in trouble when Jonny Foster was caught on four.

Durham County cricketer Ben Harmison looked to attack but he was also caught for 11 and James Sander was frustratingly trapped LBW for 18 when set for a decent score.

After two more wickets fell cheaply, it was the middle and lower order that provided what turned out to be crucial runs.

Andrew Poxton (24) and Chris Horner (21) both made useful contributions and Jack Palmer played some cracking shots in his innings of 28 not out.

Morpeth were all out for 158 and Chopwell were firm favourites, but the hosts’ bowling attack had an inspired day. One of the away side’s openers, David Anderson, was dismissed for a duck when he was caught by Jonny Craigs off the bowling of Palmer (2-8).

Gary Christie (2-32) got in on the act when he took the wickets of Stephen Forster and John Meadows and Palmer removed Kamaran Mansoor to leave Chopwell reeling.

Dean Owen (41) gave them a chance with the highest score of the day and he received decent support from Adam Tams (19).

But Paul Elliott swung the match back in Morpeth’s favour when he bowled dangerman Owen and had Tams caught by Jonny Craigs.

Elliott (4-31) and Craigs (2-15) shared the final four wickets as Chopwell were bowled out for 116.

This 42-run victory was Morpeth’s first of the league season.