Good weekend for both Pont sides

Ponteland's top bowler on the day, John Gardner, sends down a delivery. Picture by KEITH ROBERTSON.
Ponteland's top bowler on the day, John Gardner, sends down a delivery. Picture by KEITH ROBERTSON.

Ponteland I (139-7) v Lanchester I (138) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A1

PONTELAND held their nerve to win a low-scoring match on Saturday.

The visitors batted first and they lost an early wicket when Ahmed was bowled by John Gardner.

They did recover and number three batsman Storey looked in good nick. Liam Cosgrove made an important breakthrough when he got Underwood (12) to edge a delivery into the hands of wicketkeeper Dan Wright.

Wickets tumbled after his dismissal, with Gardner getting his second and one each for Ed Common and Wayne Ritzema, and then Gardner removed dangerman Storey for 37 when his shot was caught by Stuart Taylor.

Gardner claimed another three scalps to finish his 15 overs with figures of six for 34.

A decent knock of 26 not out by Kieron Taylor gave Lanchester a little bit of hope as they were dismissed for 138 – Tom Seymour took the final wicket of the innings.

Like their opponents, Pont recovered well after losing an opener early on (Wright) and both Ritzema and Anthony Quarrell played some useful attacking strokes.

Just as it looked like they would take the game away from Lanchester, Ritzema was bowled for 27 and Quarrell was caught on 28.

Although they were not big scores, the next few batsmen made what turned out to be useful knocks to keep the hosts just about on track – Tom Common (15), Paul Lindsay (12), Stuart Taylor (nine) and Seymour (eight).

Ed Common was 15 not out and there were 21 extras as Ponteland reached their victory target with three wickets to spare.

• In Division B1, it was an away-day win for Ponteland II as they defeated Lanchester seconds by six wickets.

The home side were bowled out for just 102. There were wickets for Ian Smart, three, Andy Denyer, three, Ashley Parker, two, and David Waters, one. There was also a run-out.

In reply, the top scorers for the visitors were father and son Andy Morgan (29 not out) and Chris Morgan (28). Parag Chauhan made 14 and Faizal Padikaran finished on 12 not out.