No disgrace in loss to league leaders

Swalwell I (104-5) v Ponteland I (103) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A1

PONTELAND’S run of wins came to an end against the top side in the division on Saturday, but they did not make it easy for the hosts.

The visitors survived the first couple of overs and started to put runs on the board, however, this good work was undone when Wayne Ritzema (eight) and Paul Lindsay (nine) were dismissed in quick succession.

Anthony Quarrell was in good nick, but he kept losing partners as only Stuart Taylor (10) of the next four batsmen reached double figures.

Good support did come in the form of Jonathan Appleby, who was solid while Quarrell played some expansive shots to reach his half-century.

Unfortunately, he was out for 53 before he could really kick on – his innings included four fours and one six.

The tail-enders did not score too many, although Liam Cosgrove hung around for 29 balls, as Pont were dismissed for 103. Saxton was the pick of the Swalwell bowlers with figures of six for 37.

But any thoughts that it would be an easy run chase for the home side were dispelled when Cosgrove bowled opening pair Hewison and Anderson for three and seven respectively.

They recovered well thanks to Clarke (34) and Welch (19), although the away side still had hope when Lindsay bowled Clarke and Duncan McGregor trapped Welch LBW.

Dumighan then mistimed an Iftikhar Fazal delivery into the hands of Ritzema. However, the Swalwell middle order did not collapse and they won by five wickets.

• The second XI looked set for victory at home to Swalwell II, but ended up falling short in the run chase.

Great work by the Pont bowlers restricted their opponents to 156-9, with John Gardner and David Waters (two wickets) making the early breakthroughs.

The middle order all got started, but were pegged back by Andy Denyer, who was in excellent form as he finished his 13-over spell with figures of five for 35.

Gardner took his second wicket towards the end of the innings, with Swalwell making 156-9. Shotton was their top-scorer with 24 not out.

After losing Matt Darwood early into their reply, Ponteland responded well and both James Ealey and Parag Chauhan looked set to make big scores, but they were dismissed for 26 and 18 respectively.

Nick Brown and Andrew Morgan did not last long and the visitors were on top. However, Rory Marr and Waters stayed solid and upped the run rate to give Pont the momentum.

Marr (45) and Waters (21) left the team well set at 118 for five with 10 overs remaining before Marr fell to an excellent one-handed caught-and-bowled by Dumighan and an array of wild shots followed to leave 20 needed by the last pair.

They had reduced that to 11 before Thomas Reeman (four) was dismissed with 2.2 overs remaining.

Clarke (four) and Jackson (three) were the main Swalwell wicket takers.