Men against boys

Jonny Foster in action for Morpeth at Newcastle City on Saturday. Picture by Steve Miller.
Jonny Foster in action for Morpeth at Newcastle City on Saturday. Picture by Steve Miller.
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Newcastle City (71 all out) v Morpeth (252 all out) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A1

MORPETH stormed past newly-promoted Newcastle City on Saturday to take them back to winning ways.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, but did not get off to the best of starts when James Sander was caught behind for just two.

This brought Jonny Craigs to the crease and he, along with Jonny Foster, had the scoreboard ticking along at a decent pace.

Both Foster and Craigs played some elegant strokes and took the score past 50 before Craigs played, by his standards, a reckless shot which saw him dismissed on 26.

This did not effect the rate as Ben Maxted came to the crease and looked to attack from the start of his innings. His 86 from 51 balls included eight fours and seven sixes.

The score moved on to 190 before Maxted was caught trying yet another punishing blow. Foster had anchored the innings perfectly, striking a good balance with attack and defence. He was eventually dismissed for 79 – caught and bowled off City’s pro, Ali.

Morpeth’s innings stuttered in the final 10 overs and wickets fell at regular intervals, although their score of 252 all out was a very competitive one.

A remarkable first five overs of the home side’s reply saw them in disarray, losing six wickets for just five runs.

The damage was done by Gary Christie and Michael Craigs, who each took two wickets in their first overs.

Christie continued to cause City plenty of problems and took the wickets of three middle order batsmen. He finished with match-winning figures of five for 24.

Despite a delay in the inevitable, the tail soon folded thanks to two wickets from Jonny Craigs and one from Chris Horner. Newcastle City were all out for 71 as Morpeth recorded a dominant 181-run victory.

Morpeth entertain Percy Main on Saturday at Longhirst. The match is due to start at 1.30pm.