Alnwick v Ponteland Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A2
PONTELAND got their season off to an excellent start with an away victory at Alnwick.
The home side won the toss and decided to bat, but opener Stanley was bowled by Ed Common for a duck. Common soon struck again to remove Guy and Alnwick were in big trouble.
Brewis (59) and Green (23) gave Alnwick some stability and put on 84 until Brewis was bowled by Pont’s Duncan McGregor.
Then 92-3 became 92-4 as Green’s wickets were knocked over by a Wayne Ritzema delivery.
The hosts found scoring harder to come by and Matthewson was McGregor’s second victim when he was caught by James Ealey.
Ealey wanted a piece of the action and he took three wickets, with two of those also down to good glove-work by wicket-keeper Dan Wright. The dismissal of dangerman Scott (26) was just down to Ealey as he was trapped LBW.
Tom Seymour picked up a wicket towards the end of the innings as Alnwick finished on 182-9 after their 50 overs.
The visitors suffered an early blow in their reply when Wayne Ritzema was out LBW for just eight runs.
Matt Darwood and James Ritzema played some decent strokes, but the match was in the balance when they were dismissed for 16 and 20 respectively.
Ealey was trapped LBW without scoring and when Seymour was out for 26, Alnwick could sense victory.
But Common (54 not out) and Jonathan Appleby (52 not out) stepped up and both men had a mixture of excellent attacking and defensive shots in their armoury to build a decent partnership.
They saw Ponteland home to a five-wicket win, with both achieving deserved half-centuries.
O’Hara was the pick of the home bowlers with figures of 3-51.