Morpeth have the last word

Charles Anderson batting for Morpeth against Percy Main. Picture by Steve Miller.
Charles Anderson batting for Morpeth against Percy Main. Picture by Steve Miller.

Morpeth (196-9) v Percy Main (191-9) Northumberland & Tyneside Cricket League, Division A1

IT went down to the final over, but Morpeth kept their nerve to record their third league win of the season.

Openers James Sander and Jonny Craigs got the team off to a decent start at Longhirst, but Craigs was bowled by Walker for 19 to give Percy Main some encouragement.

Sander was joined by professional Ben Harmison and the pair played positively until the former was caught when on 26.

Ben Maxted was the next to fall when he was trapped lbw for 13 and Andrew Poxton played an entertaining innings of 16 from 14 balls.

Harmison was looking set for a half century, but he was caught by Morgan off the bowling of Singh for 38 to leave the home side on 115 for five.

Michael Craigs was out for just one run to the same bowler, then Jack Palmer came in to make what turned out to be a crucial knock of 36. Charles Anderson (18) played a decent supporting role.

Paul Elliott made 11 before he was caught, but Gary Christie (12 not out) and Iftikhaar Fazal (two not out) took Morpeth through the remaining deliveries as the home side finished on 196 for nine.

Singh was the pick of the Percy Main bowling with figures of five for 51.

In reply, the visitors got off to a poor start when Michael Craigs had Morgan trapped lbw for one and the same bowler had Doherty caught by his brother Jonny for nine.

Singh (50) and Tweed (23) got Percy Main back into the game, so there was relief among the home supporters when Tweed was caught by Jonny Craigs off the bowling of Christie, who also dismissed Peart when Palmer caught his lofted shot.

Jonny Craigs then took a couple of wickets, including Singh, and when Rathbone was run out without scoring Percy Main were 144 for seven.

The away side were not finished yet as Phillips (55) and Sidney-Wilmott (18) put on a good partnership to put the match in the balance.

But Michael Craigs – who finished with figures of four for 48 – returned to dismiss both batsmen just in time and although the last wicket pair tried their best, Percy Main were five runs short.

Morpeth are now in fifth place in the division.