Fixtures hit by rain

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There was frustration at a number of cricket grounds across the North East on Saturday as heavy rain caused many games to be abandoned.

Ponteland I were away to Ryton in the Northumberland & Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division A1 and looked set for a good score thanks to an excellent knock of 83 by Tom Seymour and 47 brisk runs from James Ritzema.

But after reaching 183-5 from 40 overs, the bad weather took hold and no further play was possible.

Ponteland II were in a strong position at home to their Whickham counterparts.

The visitors were dismissed for just 119. Ian Smart had impressive figures of 4-25, Max Bell and John Gardner each took two wickets and one of the opening batsmen was caught out from a Duncan McGregor delivery.

But only two overs were bowled in Pont’s innings, with the score at 2-0.

Morpeth I were at home to Cowgate Sports in the Northumberland & Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division A2. The away side batted first and they were all out for a total of 209.

Paul Jackson was the pick of the Morpeth bowling with a five-fer. In addition, he only conceded 28 runs off his 12 overs. Paul Elliott (two), Adam Lawn (two) and James Craigs (one) were the other wicket takers.

The heavy rain came when the hosts were 7-0 after three overs in their innings and no further play was possible.