David’s ton not enough

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Leadgate (237-7) v Morpeth (219 all out)

Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A1

MORPETH came up short in their reply to Leadgate’s innings despite a magnificent century from David Rutherford.

The home side suffered an early blow when Hockaday was caught by Jonny Wailes off the bowling of Ray Cooper for eight. But they soon recovered, with Greenwell looking in imperious form as he hit some excellent shots to the boundary.

The visitors responded with two quick wickets thanks to some probing Rutherford deliveries and Richardson edged a Paul Elliott turner to wicketkeeper Ben Maxted.

The problem continued to be Greenwell (who finished on 131 not out) and despite three more wickets for Cooper, he put on what turned out to be a very useful partnership with McCabe (35) as Leadgate ended their innings on 237 for seven.

Morpeth were soon in trouble when openers Jonny Craigs and Wailes were out cheaply, however Rutherford and Maxted steadied the ship before taking the initiative with some big hitting.

Maxted found the boundary six times in his knock of 34 and Rutherford passed his half century with ease, although he was running out of partners.

James Craigs provided useful support to bring the away side within sight of victory, with Rutherford reaching three figures. But Craigs was caught for 23 and Rutherford was eventually out for 123 – his innings included nine fours and seven sixes.

The hosts quickly polished off the Morpeth tail enders to record an 18-run win.