Better batting display, but firsts still suffer loss

Morpeth Cricket Club's first team are pictured before Saturday's game with a representative from shirt sponsor Marlish Water.
Morpeth Cricket Club's first team are pictured before Saturday's game with a representative from shirt sponsor Marlish Water.

Morpeth (221/5) v Lintz (225/4) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division A2

Morpeth’s first XI lost in a close game against Lintz in Saturday’s season opener.

The newly-refurbished pitch and ground looked magnificent in the April sun and with some returning players, Morpeth were confident of gaining a result.

The home side batted first – scoring 221 for five in their 50 overs.

Rick Jones, the Aussie import, top-scored with 76. There were also good knocks by captain James Craig (40 not out) and Adam Lawn (37 not out). It was a good batting performance, much improved from last season.

As the clouds rolled in and the weather turned from spring back to winter, Lintz started their reply.

The cold wind blowing across the ground offered no assistance to Morpeth’s bowlers and it was a case of digging in and restricting the scoring rate.

Wickets were difficult to take and it was a great effort to take the match to the penultimate over, Lintz scrambling over the winning line with seven balls to spare to win by six wickets.

Many thanks to shirt sponsors Marlish Water and match-ball sponsor North East Grains for their support.

The second XI, sponsored by Sanders Plant, also lost away to Leadgate. Stefan Thomson top scored with 82 and he took three wickets.

Club sponsor: Helen McArdle Care.