Eight-wicket victory for Seconds

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Seaton Burn II (112-9) v Ponteland II (115-2) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division B2

PONTELAND Seconds were champions after a final day eight-wicket victory at Seaton Burn.

With news coming through that first placed Whickham’s game away to Chopwell had fallen foul of the weather, the visitors were delighted that the ground was ready for play at 1pm for a 40-over match.

The home side were put into bat and Pont soon made a breakthrough as Chris Morgan caught Dixon behind from John Gardner’s bowling.

Weldon soon followed as Jimmy Ottaway took a smart catch from Duncan McGregor’s bowling and when Ottaway repeated the feat to dismiss the ever dangerous Darren Carr, Seaton Burn were on the ropes.

Richard Kyle was then trapped LBW by Gardner but in this onslaught, Pont had failed to dismiss opener Jonathan Whetzel and along with number six Ross Hindson they set about rebuilding the Burn innings.

Andy Denyer was frustrated as he failed to make the breakthrough in his short spell and it was up to Dave Waters to take the crucial wicket as Hindson holed out to Peter Nesbitt before Denyer caught Barnes in the same over.

The returning McGregor was then able to take three of the four remaining wickets as he got the rewards his luckless spell earlier deserved and Seaton Burn finished on 112-9.

In reply, Matty Bell and Peter Nesbitt got the side off to a solid start before Bell was dismissed for 15.

Parag Chauhan then joined Nesbitt at the crease and the pair took the attack to Seaton Burn.

From here on in, the game and the league title were never in doubt as the pair pummelled the home bowling to all parts, with Chauhan’s dismissal for 34 with the scores level being the only down side for Ponteland.

The celebrations were only temporarily cut short though as Nesbitt (55 not out) hit the winning runs as Ponteland marched to the league title.

Ponteland (156-4) v Seaton Burn (67 all out) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A2

PONTELAND finished their season on a positive note with a comfortable win at home to Seaton Burn.

They batted first and got off to a bad start when James Ritzema was stumped fifth ball for a duck trying to hammer one down the ground. Wayne Ritzema and Matt Darwood battled hard as conditions continued to favour the bowlers and Darwood was the next to go for 11.

When Ritzema was then caught behind for 30 the innings sat on 52 for three off 28 overs. Skipper James Ealey dug in and Tom Seymour provided more aggression from the other end as Pont moved towards a competitive score — Seymour’s first two scoring shots both being sixes.

Seymour reached his 50 in 55 balls before being stumped for a season’s best 54 and then despite the unintentional best efforts of Will Urwin, Ealey reached his only half century of the season with the final ball of the innings as Ponteland reached 156 for four off their 50 overs. Ealey finished unbeaten on 51 from 104 balls.

In reply, Ponteland struck in the second over as Fazal bowled Brown for three. Despite struggling with over stepping Craig Moffat then chipped in with the next two wickets as Wayne Ritzema caught Wright at second slip then Fazal managed to get to a looping catch at mid-on.

The next wicket fell to Howard Wright in his opening over as his son Dan standing up held onto a catch to dismiss Redpath, a dismissal which took Dan into the first team record books as he broke the long standing record for dismissals in a season (23) set back in 1973 by Ian Park.

Howard followed up in his next when Lyall was LBW for eight then bowled Carr shortly after to leave the Burn on 50 for six.

Fazal (2-9) then replaced Wright (3-10) in the attack and Dan Wright took another catch when White edged behind. Two further wickets followed for Ealey (2-8). It then fell to Moffat (3-23) to take the final wicket of the season as the visitors’ innings ended on 67.