Mitford seconds claim 10-point league victory

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Mitford II (138 all out) v Stocksfield III (79-8)

West Tyne League, Div 2

On a sunny and humid afternoon, Mitford’s second XI and Stocksfield thirds arrived at Mitford Park with 12 points up for grabs in the West Tyne League Division 2 clash.

Having lost the toss, Mitford were sent in to bat on a typically unpredictable Mitford wicket.

With openers Steve Jones (23) and Rich Brown (11) seeing off the opening salvo from Scandle and Irwin, it was the first-change bowler Darren White, who got Jones out with his first ball.

Brown, who fell to Trott (8-3-20-4) soon after had initially been joined in the middle by Andrew O’Neill, who scored a steady 25 with Hamang Shah (10) and Gayner (0) keeping him company.

At four down, with 20overs gone, captain Graeme Potts joined O’Neill at the crease and, although they looked to attack, the ultra defensive field meant that they were restricted to ones and twos.

The two quick wickets of O’Neill and Halbert (3) brought Biren Shah to the middle and he certainly didn’t hang about, scoring a quickfire 25 including the game’s only six.

His departure brought Patrick Smith (2) Michael Briggs (1) and Craig Mole (0 not out) to join Potts in the middle as they pushed towards the pre-game target of 150, falling short on 138, with Potts falling in the 40th over for a hard-earned 26.

After tea, the home team made an early inroad into the Stocksfield batting line-up, with Patrick Smith (9-3-8-1) removing Tobin for 2, having been switched to the Pavilion End for this match.

Opening with him at the Mitford End was Biren Shah, who was equally as impressive, finishing over two spells with 11-7-9-3 claiming the wickets of Clark (1), after a stunning catch in the covers by Craig Mole, and then Scandle (11) and Masters (2).

The other wickets were taken by Craig Mole, Andrew O’Neill and the busy Andy Gayner, who followed up his duck with one wicket and two catches.

Having been restricted to 16 runs off 16 overs at one point, and with only two Stocksfield batsmen getting into double figures, it was the 23 extras that ended up boosting the Stocksfield total to 79-8 in their 42 overs, with no Mitford bowler going for more than 20runs.

Stocksfield left Mitford with five well-earned bowling points and Mitford claimed a 10-point victory.

Match sponsor: Comfort Call Ltd.

Man-of-the-match sponsored by Urban Base Executive: Biren Shah for his 25 runs and 11-7-9-3.