So close to a shock win

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Morpeth (123 all out) v Newcastle City (141 all out) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division A2

Morpeth almost pulled off an upset against the third placed team in the table.

The visitors batted first and looked set for a big total when openers Shafiq (44) and Ahmed (34) took the score past 50.

But they were both dismissed by James Craigs and a big collapse followed. Malik (34) was the only other player to make it past five as Newcastle City were all out for 141.

Craigs took six wickets in total, Paul Elliott picked up two and there was one each for Cam Mackay and John Turnbull.

The home side’s openers were both out cheaply, but Rick Jones was in excellent nick and he played some good attacking shots.

Jones had decent support from Doug Turnbull (14) and the lower order, but being caught on 63 was the turning point as Morpeth were all out for 123.