Saturday blues for Morpeth sides as Greenside triumph

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Morpeth I (204-4) v Greenside I (205-6)

Northumberland & Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division A2

Morpeth I’s woes continued on Saturday as they fell to a four-wicket loss against Greenside firsts.

Charles Anderson hit 74 not out while N Draper scored 48 as Morpeth closed on 204-4.

But knocks of 57 from Darren Stephenson and 44 from Adam Wilkin – as well as 39 in extras – took the game away from Morpeth, who are bottom and host Alnwick Is on Saturday.

○ Morpeth IIs lost by seven wickets to Greenside IIs on Saturday in Division B2.

Morpeth batted first and a watchful start by Lawn and Cowell came to an abrupt end when Lawn was out for a duck.

Dave Jones and Stephen Cowell were able to get the scoreboard ticking before Jones edged one through to second slip for nine.

This brought newcomer Truscott to the crease and he played some impressive attacking shots as well as defending the good ball for a fairly quickfire 26.

But after Cowell was out for 16 the Morpeth batsmen struggled to take the advantage as G Jones finished with 5-36.

At the other end Alex Wishart was equally destructive taking 4-41.

Despite some impressive shots from 13-year-old debutant Elliott Clark and youngster Charlie Aviston, Morpeth were 88 all out.

Morpeth got off to a tight start with the ball with Lawn and Parsons restricting the home side to only 15 runs off the opening six overs. The visitors made their first breakthrough when Lawn had Mawson LBW for four.

Smith was looking in good form for the home side and was able to manipulate the strike effectively and keep the scoreboard ticking over before Lawn struck with another LBW to get Collingwood out for six.

Not to be left out of the wicket-taking, Parsons continued his fine form with the ball when he had Britten trapped in front for one.

With the score now around 30, Morpeth felt they had a chance if they could get another wicket or two, however with Parsons tiring and Lawn starting to be played around the park, a change in the bowling saw Jones and Truscott come in to the attack.

Greenside took the opportunity to capitalise on Truscott’s first over with an impressive 21 off the over to take the game away from Morpeth and Jones was unlucky with a caught behind being refused as Greenside strolled to the target with a straight four down the ground, closing on 92-3.

Morpeth have to regroup and will have to cope without skipper Parsons for the next two weeks.

Their next two matches are against Alnwick and Alnmouth and Lesbury.

Open training sessions and nets take place at 6pm every Tuesday at Morpeth Cricket Club (Longhirst Hall). All are welcome, no matter what level of experience.