Mixed bag for Morpeth

Swalwell (256-5) v Morpeth (174 all out) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A1

MORPETH were unable to be party-poopers as Swalwell won the league title on the final day of the season.

The visitors made a decent start as Anderson edged a Jack Palmer delivery to wicketkeeper Ben Maxted for 22 and Jonny Craigs trapped Pattison LBW for one.

But Coetzer (116) and Clarke (47) put together what turned out to be the crucial partnership of the match. They were eventually dismissed by Paul Elliott, who took three wickets in total.

Morpeth’s reply got off to a terrible start as Maxted, Jonny Craigs, Ben Harmison and Charles Anderson were all out cheaply.

James Craigs and Andrew Poxton did well to rebuild the innings and took the score past 50. They were dismissed for 32 and 36 respectively.

The lower order also made a decent effort, with Jack Palmer hitting a deserved half-century (54 in total).

Morpeth II (205-0) v Lintz II (204-8)

Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division B1

MORPETH Seconds finished the season in style thanks to a superb double century partnership between Jonny Wailes and Stephen Cowell.

The visitors batted first and started well. It was 16-year-old James Elliott who took the first Lintz wicket when Bainbridge was trapped LBW for 26.

Large went LBW in the next over, also for 26, with Reynolds nipping one back onto his pads. Reynolds then bowled number three batsman Alladyce for four.

Mike Elliott took three wickets, including two caught and bowled dismissals, to leave the away side on 76 for six.

However, Lintz made a decent recovery and finished on 204-8.

Wailes and Cowell put 50 on the board in 12 overs and when spin was introduced, Wailes advanced down the track to stroke fours through extra cover and belt sixes over mid-wicket. Cowell was as resolute as ever in his innings of 45 not out and Wailes was a magnificent 155 not out.