Bomarsund II (164 all out) v Blagdon Park II (165-3) Northumberland Cricket League – Division B1
ON a scorching day at the Bull Arena in Blagdon, it was Blagdon’s batsmen that came to the fore to propel the Bulls to their fourth consecutive league win, writes Stuart Dick.
Openers McTaggert and Ryan Bell opened the batting for Bomarsund, with Henry Blake and Andy Pryor taking the ball.
The batsmen got off to an electric start as they made use of Blake’s pace to hit numerous boundaries. At the other end Pryor was bowling his usual steady stuff.
After just nine overs the away side had reached a score of 61-0, but the introduction of David Simpson brought a crucial early wicket. He enticed Ryan Bell down the wicket, he missed the ball and keeper Stuart Dick whipped the bails off to send the opener back to the pavilion.
Gary Bell was next man in, and he dispatched his first ball in the air towards the boundary. At the other end Pryor was replaced by leg-spinner Elliot Leybourne who struck immediately as he got Bell (nine) to drive aerially down the throat of Simpson in the covers.
The run rate plummeted as McTaggert was joined by Thornton. Simpson (1-28) and E Leybourne (1-22) kept it around three-an-over.
The reintroduction of Pryor (2-25) saw to Thornton as he was bowled for 10. Storey (one) soon followed as McTaggert called for an ill-advised run.
Captain Andrew Bain then turned to pace man Blake who had a poor first spell. But he bowled Singh (two) in his first over, then Dreyer (four) and Gardener (one) in the following two overs and finished with figures of 3-48.
Pryor then saw to Ince before McTaggert was left stranded on 91 not out as he ran out Alexander and Taberham, leaving the away side on a respectable 164 all out.
Blagdon Park’s opening batsmen Mick Leybourne and John Whittaker set about chasing the total. Leybourne playing with determination and grit as Whittaker played with flair, taking advantage of any short bowling.
Taberham had Leybourne dropped by ‘keeper Ryan Bell early on, but other than that it was plain sailing for the batsmen.
The introduction of Dreyer brought an end to Leybourne as he chipped a ball in the air to Sam Thornton for 20.
Whittaker was joined by Bain at the crease and the two continued the scoring. Bain looked in good knick, picking the gaps whilst Whittaker powered his way to 50. Whittaker reached 61 before the returning Singh got him to play on.
The in-form Howe was next to the wicket, and in exuberant fashion, hit four boundaries in his 23 not out. With just four runs needed to win, Bain saw himself caught off the bowling of Jak Ince for 33. Howe then dispatched the ball to the boundary to give Blagdon the 30-point win.