Ulgham (228-7) v Blyth (154-9) Northumberland Cricket League, Division One
ULGHAM made it a double over Blyth with a decent all-round performance.
Blyth skipper Lawrence won the toss and asked the home side to take first use of the pitch.
A confident start by openers Tait and Plummer saw them add 77 for the first wicket in 19 overs before the latter holed out on the mid wicket boundary off Walker for 49.
A further 16 was added until the players left the field for a rain break. When play resumed Tait was out first ball to Lawrence for 30.
Campbell and Haygarth took the score to 141 when Campbell departed for 23, again to the young left arm spinner Walker.
Hall joined Haygarth and the pair adopted a cautious approach mixed with some boundary shots.
They added 43 before Hall was unfortunately run out by a direct throw from the boundary for 20.
Haygarth for 39 fell to Thompson and at 186 for five with five overs left the hosts were still short of runs.
With this in mind, Moore was sent in and he did not disappoint, smashing 31 off 12 balls which included two sixes and two fours.
The innings came to an end with Hynd and Stokoe seeing Ulgham through to a respectable 228 for seven.
With rain in the air, Moore and Campbell were looking for quick Blyth wickets and the latter certainly provided them, taking out Clarke, Stewart and Quinn in his first five overs to leave the visitors reeling at 26 for three off 10.
Worse was to follow in the next over when Moore trapped Sutherland for eight.
A fine partnership between Lawrence and Kirkup added 61, with the former striking the ball to the boundary regularly to give his side a chance.
The introduction of bowlers Haygarth and Charlton was to provide Ulgham with the wickets needed, with Haygarth removing the dangerous Lawrence, thanks to a good catch from Scholes, Kirkup, Rowell and Stewart to leave Blyth reeling at 125 for eight from 37 overs.
Charlton, in the middle of an economic spell, accounted for Thompson and the end was nigh.
A valiant last-wicket stand between Gill and Walker frustrated the home side, adding 29 to leave Blyth closing on 154 for nine.
But the victory meant that Ulgham went to the top of the table, although there is a long way to go in the season.
All four Ulgham bowlers – Moore, with one for 28, Campbell, three for 47, Haygarth, four for 55, and the veteran Charlton with one for 16 off 12 overs – did well.
A special mention must be made of Umpire ‘Dixie Bell’ who had a great match in getting the important decisions right and providing his usual sparkling repartee in the game’s quieter moments.