Ulgham suffer a severe dip in form

Ulgham's Chris Herne in action against Gateshead Ethnic Minorities. Picture by Keith Robertson.
Ulgham's Chris Herne in action against Gateshead Ethnic Minorities. Picture by Keith Robertson.

Ulgham (125 all out) v Gateshead Ethnic Minorities (265-7) Northumberland Cricket League, Division One

ULGHAM’S season has taken a definite turn for the worse after another crushing defeat last Saturday to leave them now looking nervously at the bottom of the table.

Gateshead were asked to take first use of the wicket and the home opening attack of Moore and Campbell could not make an early breakthrough.

Openers Hassan and Shahid smashed the ball to all parts of the field in a blistering stand of 128 in 27 overs before the part time bowling of Hall removed Hassan for 57 thanks to a smart catch by Haygarth.

It was Hall who struck again four overs later to have Shahid smartly taken by Hynd for 66 with 149 on the board.

Another stand of 58 between Kumar and Mohsin took the score to 207 until Ulgham had a purple patch taking five wickets courtesy of Moore and Campbell to leave the visitors 221 for 7 with four overs left.

Rehan and Akram then added a brisk 44 as the visitors reached 265 after 50 overs.

Moore (two for 47), Campbell (three for 61) and Hall (two for 58) were the pick of the Ulgham bowling.

The home side got off to a bad start by losing Tait in the fourth over with 16 on the board. Against some accurate bowling by Rehan runs were hard to come by.

The dismissal of Hall in the seventh over started an all too familiar collapse, as Haygarth, Campbell and Hynd all were out cheaply and at 46 for 5 Ulgham were in real trouble.

Turnbull and Wilson added 32 for the sixth wicket, but after this only Moore with 19 showed any resistance.

The hosts were finally dismissed in the 31st over for 125.

Ulgham now have four games to save themselves from relegation starting with league leaders Blyth at home this Saturday.

They will be without Chris Herne, who pulled up with an injury after bowling only five overs and is doubtful for the rest of the season.