Batting brothers make it a double

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Ponteland v Consett Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A2

PONTELAND made it two wins out of two and it was largely down to the Ritzema boys.

When the home side were put into bat, Ritzema brothers Wayne and James put together a fantastic opening stand of 166 which included some cracking shots.

Wayne made 65 before he was run out and James was so close to a century as he was bowled by Gareth Breese of Durham County for 97.

Despite the excellent platform, Pont were unable to make a big score as Breese conceded just 30 off his 15 overs and claimed another two wickets and Matt Dixon picked up a couple of wickets to keep the pressure on.

Ed Common was the third highest scorer with 11 as the hosts finished their 50 overs on 197 for six.

Ponteland’s bowling was mainly accurate and threatening and dangerman Breese was caught for just nine runs off the bowling of Craig Moffat, who had earlier bowled opener Andrew Waters.

James Ealey put together an impressive spell and took three important wickets – one bowled, one caught and bowled and the other lbw.

Consett always appeared behind the run rate, but an excellent innings of 78 not out by Andrew Forster kept them in the hunt.

However, he kept losing partners as Duncan McGregor tore into the lower order.

McGregor bowled Winn and Mellons and got his third wicket thanks to an excellent stumping from Dan Wright.

The wicketkeeper then combined with Jonny Appleby for the ninth wicket via a run out as Ponteland seemed well set for victory with 60 still required.

Some lusty hitting from Remmer and Forster off Moffat and Common though left them requiring four from the final delivery and the home fans biting their nails.

A flick by Remmer towards the scorebox was not hard enough so they had to run and James Ritzema’s bullet throw left Wright the simplest of tasks to rescue victory from the jaws of defeat as Consett were all out for 195.

This two-run win makes it two wins out of two in the league for Ponteland.