Lack of runs ends their winning run

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Morpeth (180 all out) v Chopwell (184-5) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A1

MORPETH’S winning run came to a halt as they came up short against Chopwell.

The home side were put into bat by their opponents after losing the toss and they were soon on the back foot as Jonny Wailes was trapped lbw for a duck and fellow opener James Craigs only scored two before he nicked a Stewart delivery to the wicketkeeper.

But the innings recovered when Barry Hills and David Rutherford came to the crease. They both kept the scoreboard ticking over and Rutherford in particular was playing some great attacking shots.

He hit eight fours and a six on his way to a deserved half century, although it soon was over as he was caught when on 55.

Jay Webster was out first ball and Hills was dismissed lbw for 41 to leave Morpeth 112-5. However, another useful partnership was made between Ray Cooper (27) and Jack Palmer (34).

The tail end tried their best to hang around and the home side were eventually bowled out for 180.

In reply, Rutherford made a contribution with the ball early on as Chopwell opener Xavier chipped one of his deliveries to Webster.

Pai was next to fall when he was bowled by Cooper, but Hornby had played himself in at this point and was looking solid.

The score moved on to 65, then Craigs stepped up to the wicket and Smith was deceived, the ball ending up in the safe hands of Cooper.

However, Hornby was starting to find the boundary and Innes was scoring at almost a run a ball. Chopwell were less than 50 runs away from victory by the time Hornby was dismissed for 79, bowled by Cooper.

Although Rutherford hit the stumps with a delivery to Tams, the visitors reached their target with 11 balls to spare. Innes finished on 49 not out.