Defeat despite some decent performances

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MORPETH Cricket Club’s U11 Storm side played their final league game of the season away to Alnmouth & Lesbury U11s.

The home side’s openers started brightly and were scoring quickly. Then Liam Day struck, having beaten the bat several times, knocking over the stumps. Ross Charlton repeated this feat in the following over. The scoring progressed until Jack Watson deceived his opponent with a good delivery, which was scooped up and then well caught by Jim Blackett at mid-on position.

There were some tidy overs by the Storm bowlers during the rest of the innings, but the home batsmen played well.

A further wicket was taken when Day, returning for a second spell, found the edge and a superb catch was taken by wicketkeeper Ethan Stoddart.

Storm’s openers provided a solid start with James Weatherburn seeing the ball well and sending several balls crashing to the boundary with powerful strokes. At the other end, his partner Charlton also played some accomplished shots of his own.

Blackett, Stoddart and Nathan Clemmitt also batted well and Stoddart was supported with some good running between the stumps by Joe Briddon, but sadly it was not enough as Alnmouth & Lesbury were the winners.

The squad, which also includes Nathan Byatt, Daniel Dixon and Cameron Fletcher-Smith who were unavailable for this game, have developed remarkably this season and credit must go to the coaches and volunteers.