Hard-fought slog

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Ulgham (164-8) v New Hartley (144 all out) Northumberland Cricket League, Division Two

ULGHAM skipper Hynd won the toss and elected to bat on an overcast afternoon and the home side were soon in trouble after losing Plummer for four in the fourth over with 12 on the board.

A painstaking partnership of 83 in 38 overs by Tait and Campbell had advanced the score to 95 before Tait was bowled by Hudspith attempting to up the scoring rate which had become bogged down.

The final 12 overs became something of a slog for the remaining home batsmen in an attempt to give the bowlers a decent score to bowl at and fine contributions from Todhunter, who finished 26 not out, and a lusty cameo from Moore with 18 got the home side to 164 for eight from their 50 overs.

The visitors got off to a terrible start in the face of some fine accurate bowling from Campbell and had slumped to 23 for three in 14 overs. This soon became 38 for four after 19 as Charlton chipped in with a wicket.

A fine partnership of 78 followed between Hudspith and the big hitting Young, which seemed to make New Hartley favourites as they needed just 49 from 16 overs.

But the introduction of Todhunter and Moore into the attack paid dividends as both batsmen were dismissed.

Loring and Ives took the score to 140 before the former was brilliantly caught by Scholes for 15. Herne and Campbell were brought back and took the last three wickets in five balls to end the innings 20 runs short of the home side.

Campbell with four for 11, Moore (one for 37), Herne (two for 30), Charlton (one for 34) and Todhunter (one for 17) were the Ulgham wicket takers.