Big target too much for Pont to reach

Lanchester I (288-7) v Ponteland I (222-8) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A1

PONTELAND’S batsmen gave it a good go, but they ultimately had too much to do at Lanchester.

The hosts batted first and opening bowlers Duncan McGregor, with three wickets, and Callaghan, who took one to start with, soon had them in trouble at 53-4.

A century stand followed, with Taylor (93) combining attack and defence very well, as Lanchester re-built and it got worse for the visitors when Tweedy decided to go on the offensive.

He made 89 off just 35 balls, including nine sixes, as the home side finished on 288 for seven. Callaghan took the other three wickets.

In reply, Ponteland were quickly up against it with three batsmen dismissed by the time the score reached 35.

Paul Lindsay (68) and Tom Seymour (80) batted solidly and with purpose to prevent the required run-rate from climbing further, but when they were both out the away side had a difficult task to reach their target.

In the end, they finished on 222 for eight and took eight points from the defeat.