Morpeth make winning start as cricketers return to crease
The new cricket season started on Saturday following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, and for many players it was their first competitive game in almost a year and a half.
Morpeth 1sts made a winning start in Division 1 of the Northumberland & Tyneside League. Stocksfield batted first and were reduced to 98 all out with David Rutherford claiming 4-11. In reply, Morpeth (99-1) chased it down in less than 21 overs.
In Division 2, Ponteland 1sts hit 135-9 after bowling Bates Cottages 1sts out for 132, winning by one wicket.
Blagdon Park 1sts went down to a six wicket defeat when they made the trip to Etal for their opening game oif the season away to Tillside 1sts. Blagdon batted first and put on a respectable 184-9, but in replay, home skipper Liam Hindmarsh was in fine form and his unbeaten century (111 not out) was the mainstay of the home tally, which reached 188-4.
In Division 3, Stobswood 1sts were all out for only 89 and they went down to a heavy 183 run defeat after hosts Ashington Rugby 1sts opened with 272-2.
In Division 4, Ponteland 2nds had a five wicket home win over Clara Vale 1sts.. Clare Vale batted first and made 155 all out, with Ponteland making 157-5 in reply.
And Kirkley (116 all out) went down by 125 runs away to Whickham 2nds (241-8).
In Division 5 North, Morpeth 2nds hit 124-7 for a three wicket away win over Ulg(am 1sts (120 all out).
Blagdon 2nds (190-6) went down by 13 runs at home to Tillside 2nds, who had set a target of 203-6.
In Division 6 North, Stobswood 2nds had a big eight wicket home win over Ulgham 2nds. In a low scoring game, Ulgham were all out for only 70, with Stobswood (71-2, taking only 16 overs to chase it down.
This Saturday (April 24), Morpeth 1sts are away to Tynedale 1sts; Morpeth 2nds are home to Tillside 2nds; Blagdon 1sts are home to Ponteland 1sts; Blagdon 2nds are away to Rock; Ponteland 2nds are home to Percy Main 2nds; Ulgham 1sts are away to Cramlington 2nds; Ulgham 2nds are home to Blyth 2nds; Stobswood 1sts are away to Corbridge 1sts; Stobswood 2nds home to Warkworth 2nds; Kirkley are home to Tynedale 2nds.