Ulgham fall victim to batting collapse

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Gateshead Ethnic Minorities (173 all out) v Ulgham (150-9) Northumberland Cricket League, Division One

A BATTING collapse cost Ulgham as they fell to a disappointing 23-run defeat.

The visitors won the toss and put GEM into bat. But they could not make an early breakthrough as openers Khan and Ahmed put on more than 70 for the first wicket.

Ulgham stayed patient and when Roy Haygarth had Ahmed caught by Gary Hall for 23, David Moore took two wickets soon after.

Khan reached 50 before he was bowled by Moore and the same bowler removed Krishnan for 24 to stop the home side’s momentum.

Darrell Campbell then took two quick wickets and Moore picked up his fifth, but lower-order batsmen Muhammad (31) and Khalil (10) put together a useful partnership.

Both were bowled by Chris Herne as GEM were all out for 173.

In reply, Guy Scholes was bowled for just six runs, however Ulgham got over this setback with Colin Tait and Campbell looking solid.

Campbell then started to play some decent attacking shots and he reached a deserved half-century, although he lost Tait’s support when he was bowled for 19.

Then came the collapse, which was made even worse when Campbell was caught on 64.

No other batsman could put together a decent score, Gary Hall was the fourth highest scorer (including extras) with nine, and Ulgham finished on 150 for nine from their 50 overs.

Khalil was the pick of the GEM bowlers with figures of 3-18.