Welfare win close contest

Hebburn (163 all out) v Stobswood Welfare (165-8) Northumberland Cricket League, Division One

IT was tight, but Stobswood Welfare recorded their first victory of the league season at Hebburn.

The visitors won the toss and decided to bowl first. The hosts could not build a healthy total as batsmen went back to the pavilion at regular intervals, with Ian Watson (five for 52) in good wicket-taking form, as they were bowled out for 163.

Stobswood were never comfortable in reply, but they reached their target with two wickets to spare. Top scorers were Paul Patterson (33) and Richard Marshall (31).