Stobswood Welfare (111) v Ulgham (193-7) Northumberland Cricket League, Division One
STAR performers – one with the bat and two with the ball – enabled Ulgham to come out on top in this derby game.
The visitors decided to bat after winning the toss and openers Colin Tait and Mark Plummer got them off to an excellent start.
After playing themselves in, they upped the scoring rate and hit some boundaries as they took Ulgham towards 100.
Stobswood made the breakthrough when Plummer was caught by Karl Watson off the bowling of Ian Watson for 35.
Darrell Campbell (16) was the next batsman in and he looked in good nick until he was bowled by Ian Watson.
Daniel Cook took two wickets and Ian Watson claimed his third to stop the momentum, although Tait was proving difficult to dislodge as he continued to build up his total.
Gary Hall and David Moore provided reasonable support as they both scored nine – they were bowled by Michael Beverley and Paul Patterson respectively.
Tait was 93 not out and there were 21 extras as the away side finished their 50 overs on 193 for seven.
The hosts started off reasonably well in reply, but none of their top four batsmen could make a big score.
Campbell dismissed Ian Watson (10) and Daniel Watson (12), Moore had Karl Watson caught by Hall for nine and David Covell trapped Antony Wingfield LBW for 22.
Wickets then fell at regular intervals. Moore and Campbell did most of the damage and David Charlton achieved a caught and bowled.
Beverley finished on 12 not out and there were 20 extras as Stobswood were all out for 111. Campbell had impressive figures of 5-34 from his 13 overs and Moore took three wickets for 19 runs from 10.3 overs.
Stobswood are still ahead of Ulgham in the league table, but the gap has now been reduced to 29 points.