Batting slump

Sacriston (116-4) v Morpeth (112 all out) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A1

A POOR batting display sent Morpeth to defeat against high flying Sacriston.

The visitors lost the toss and were put into bat. Their innings got off to a bad start when Jonny Craigs was caught for a duck.

James Craigs followed soon after, but some stability was achieved by the Bens – Harmison and Maxted.

Unfortunately, neither could go on to make a big score as Harmison was bowled for 20 and Maxted was on 16 when he lost his wicket in the same manner.

Morpeth were then reduced to 50-6 and in danger of posting a very low score.

Charles Anderson and Jack Palmer showed some fighting spirit and they put on 49 together to at least give the away side an outside chance.

However, once they were both out for 21, the innings did not last much longer as Morpeth were all out for 112.

Sacriston got their reply off to a solid start, but when they reached 28, Morpeth’s bowlers gave their side hope with a flurry of wickets.

First, Claughan (14) edged a Palmer delivery to wicketkeeper Maxted and then fellow opener Betts was out for 15 when he was caught by Andrew Poxton off the bowling of Gary Christie.

Winn and Ballard were also caught from Christie deliveries to leave Sacriston reeling on 47-4.

But a composed innings by Hubber (33 not out) combined with an aggressive knock of 35 not out from Carr took the home side to their victory target.