Morpeth lose by 28 runs while Ponteland record narrow win

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Morpeth 1sts suffered a 28-run defeat at the hands of Alnmouth and Lesbury 1sts in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League on Saturday.

Callum Batey hit nine boundaries on his way to 72 off 79 balls, and with Paul Straker also hitting nine boundaries on his way to 52 off 60 balls, and Rich Neil weighing in with a useful 34, Alnmouth managed to put on 216-7 in their 40 overs.

James Craigs took 4-44 for Morpeth, who in reply saw James Sander hit 71 and Sam Flett 61.

At 174-5 they were in with a shout, but once Sander and Flett had gone the rest of the innings collapsed to 188 all out, with Edward Brunton taking 4-32 and Straker 3-45.

Ponteland 1sts won by 27 runs when they took on Swalwell 1sts at home. Jonathan Appleby hit 45 and top-scored as Ponteland found themselves all out for 116.

Stephen Smith claimed 4-27 for Swalwell, but in reply they also found it difficult to amass runs, their top bat only scoring 17 runs as they were reduced to 89 all out in less than 41 overs.

Iftikhar Fazal was the pick of the home bowlers with 3-30.

Ponteland 2nds had a one wicket away win over Swalwell 2nds. Anthony Hodgson hit 39 and George Neaven 34 as Swalwell made 156-7.

Neil Pinnock took 3-30 for Ponteland, who in reply reached 157-9 in 44.1 overs.

The bulk of their runs came from the top three of John Lumb on 31, Matt Darwood on 29 and James Ealey on 27.

Morpeth 2nds had a five wicket win over Walbottle 2nds.

N Singh hit 34 as Walbottle were all out for 108, with four Morpeth bowlers claiming two wickets. In their innings, Morpeth saw Harshil Patel put on 67 as they replied with 109-5 in 21 overs.

The Northumberland League won the Duke’s Cup when they beat a Mid-Week League President’s XI at Bates Cottages on Sunday.

NCL won the toss and elected to bat. They posted 208-8 off 40 overs, with seven batsmen making double figures and Berwick’s Sean Wales top scoring with 57 not out from a good variety of shots.

Richard Crawford and Matthew Walton each took two wickets, and there were two catches and a superb run out from Jaswinder Singh.

The NEMWCL President’s XI replied with 174 all out in the 38th over after a good start, with six batsmen in double figures and Singh top scoring with 37, and the good crowd transfixed for the next big shot.

Richie Crawford hit a quick 30 as wickets fell. Pace man Jake Birkett, of Tillside, took 5-39 as the hosts faltered.

In the absence of Malcolm Kennedy, away in Somerset, League Secretary Don Catley presented the cup to NCL skipper Mark Lawrence.