All smiles at club as the winning runs continue

Tynedale (175) v Ponteland (255-8) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A1

PONTELAND moved up to second place in the table with an excellent away victory on Saturday.

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat. They were quickly on top thanks to an excellent opening partnership between Wayne Ritzema and Dan Wright.

They kept the scoreboard ticking over nicely and hit some excellent boundaries. Wright was dismissed for 37 with the score on 79.

Anthony Quarrell made a quickfire 19 and Paul Lindsay was out first ball.

But another key partnership followed as Tom Seymour was assured and was scoring at a rate of almost a run a ball.

Ritzema reached a deserved century and he was eventually out for 111 – he hit 15 fours and one six. Seymour was dismissed for 52, but Pont had already amassed a number of runs that would be difficult to match or better.

A few wickets fell in quick succession as the away side finished their 50 overs on 255 for eight. Ed Common was 11 not out.

Tynedale were struggling in reply after their top three batsmen could only score 14 between them. John Gardner claimed two scalps and Mark Turnbull trapped Fellowes lbw.

Cant gave the home side hope by taking on the bowlers and playing some impressive attacking shots. However, none of the others around him could get any higher than 20 thanks to four superb wicket-taking deliveries from Common (two were bowled and the other two were edged to wicketkeeper Wright).

Turnbull then took the key wicket of Cant for 89, had Renton caught in the field and ran out Stephenson as Tynedale were dismissed for 175. Ponteland’s winning margin was 80 runs.

• The second XI thrashed Whickham II at the Leisure Centre ground by 10 wickets in Division B1.

Batting first, the visitors were soon in disarray and although a few half-decent partnerships were put together, they collapsed from 75 for four to 85 all out.

All of Pont’s bowlers kept things tight and wickets were taken by Ian Smart, four, Ashley Parker, three, Andy Denyer, two, and Duncan McGregor, one.

In reply, the latest opening combination of Matt Darwood and Nick Brown overcame some early challenges from the Whickham opening bowlers to then dominate.

Darwood reached his sixth 50 of the season, finishing on 51 not out, while Brown scored an unbeaten 29 to complete the victory in just the 19th over.