Double defeat, but a few signs for optimism

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Morpeth I (99) v Whickham I (102-2) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A2

THERE were a few encouraging performances, but Morpeth’s difficult season continued as they fell to yet another defeat.

Batting first, the home side started poorly as both openers failed to make double figures.

Anderson and Gerber looked in good nick as they got Morpeth up and running, however they were then dismissed for 11 and 18 respectively.

Next man in was Lawton and he was not phased by the situation as he played some decent attacking strokes.

His task was made more difficult when he lost Thompson, Jones and Taylor and Lawton himself was caught when on 29.

Last man out for Morpeth was Bethell as the hosts scored 99 from 33.5 overs.

Whickham started well in reply, although they suffered a setback when Davison was caught by Bethell off the bowling of Mackay for 16.

Armstrong (17) was ran out soon afterwards, but the visitors pressed on and quickly reached their victory target.

Mackay finished with useful bowling figures of one for 18, with two maidens, from his seven overs.

• Morpeth seconds were away to Tynedale II and they made 130 in their innings.

Lawn top-scored with 42, his innings included eight fours, and there were also good knocks from Turnbull (24) and Cowell (23).

The final three batsmen – Diplock (seven), Callaghan (six not out) and Parsons (six) – all hit a boundary.

Tynedale always looked comfortable during their run chase and their batsmen reached the required total with many overs to spare.

Lawn, Morpeth’s clear man-of-the-match, took two wickets.