Double delight after good victories for club’s first and second teams

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Ponteland (202-6) v Ryton (131) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division A1

Ponteland made it two wins in a row after a decent display with bat and ball.

It was not all plain sailing for the home side, however, as they had to recover from a poor start batting first.

Dan Wright was bowled by Howorth for one and after playing himself in, Tom Seymour (seven) was trapped LBW by the same bowler.

Scott Gibson did not last long as he was out for a duck and when Anthony Quarrell was caught for just three, Pont were up against it at 30-4.

However, they steadied the ship when Stuart Taylor came to the wicket to join opener Wayne Ritzema and the pair then played some decent attacking shots to take the score past 100.

Taylor was dismissed for a fine 34 and Ritzema was eventually out for 64. His innings included eight fours and one six.

There was no collapse this time as Ed Common and Jonny Appleby protected their wickets very well and kept the scoreboard ticking over. They were 35 not out and 42 not out respectively as Ponteland finished their 50 overs on 202-6.

Howorth was the pick of the Ryton bowlers with figures of 4-22.

In reply, the visitors were on the back foot when Badenhorst was trapped LBW by Mark Turnbull and Liam Cosgrove dismissed Wood by the same method.

Cosgrove got his second wicket when Marshall was caught by Quarrell and Ryton were 48-4 when Robinson (20) could only find the hands of Appleby off the bowling of David Waters.

The away side recovered in a similar way to Pont, but the crucial moment came when Howorth was caught and bowled by Ritzema for 34.

Ritzema (4-32) then enjoyed a purple patch as he took three quick wickets and Seymour got the other two, including dangerman Bailey (45), to give the hosts a 71-run victory.

Ponteland Seconds also enjoyed a good Saturday as they won at Whickham II.

The away side won the toss and decided to bat. They posted a reasonable total – 153 for nine – although no-one was able to go on to make a half-century.

The best performers were Parag Chauhan (36), James Ealey (30) and Rory Marr (22).

Whickham found the going tough in reply and they lost a few early wickets. They recovered a little, but there was a big collapse once Cameron was dismissed for 25 and they were all out for just 81.

Pont’s Duncan McGregor finished with fantastic figures of 5-7 from his seven overs and Andy Denyer and Thomas Reeman took three and two wickets respectively.