Crushing defeats for Morpeth sides

Morpeth's Poxton plays a defensive shot during the derby game against Ashington. Photo by KEITH ROBERTSON.
Morpeth's Poxton plays a defensive shot during the derby game against Ashington. Photo by KEITH ROBERTSON.

Morpeth (96) v Ashington (99-0) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A2

MORPETH were outclassed against neighbours and league-leaders Ashington.

The home side batted first and were soon in trouble when Mackay was out for a duck.

Although they hit a few boundaries between them, Adam Lawn and Poxton were soon back in the pavilion.

Anderson and Truscott steadied the ship and tried to score runs as best they could against some tight bowling from the visitors.

Truscott fell for 10, then Forster was dismissed for eight and this was followed by the key wicket of Anderson (35).

Callum Lawn made a reasonable knock of 14, but Morpeth were all out for just 96. Williams was the pick of the Ashington bowlers with figures of four for 23.

In reply, the away side’s openers played themselves in and looked increasingly comfortable.

Grant hit 13 boundaries in his innings of 68 not out and Wood was 30 not out as Ashington won the game by ten wickets.

Bethel and Poxton bowled fairly well in the circumstances, as they both conceded 18 runs from five and 4.5 overs respectively.

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Opening batsmen Cowell and Bradley were solid in defence and punished the bad balls.

However, things went downhill once Bradley was bowled for 10.

Callaghan edged one through to the wicketkeeper, then Cowell (23) did the same soon afterwards.

Jones upped the scoring rate with a four and a six, but he kept losing partners around him and then he was bowled for 17.

Elliott (nine) was the only other batsman to make an impression as Morpeth were dismissed for 68.

Ryton’s Eddy picked up five wickets and conceded just eight runs from his six-over spell.

It did not take the hosts long to reach their victory target. Reid was 36 not out and Butler finished on 30 not out.

The result means that Morpeth II remain second bottom in the league table.

Their next game is away to Chopwell seconds on Saturday, starting at 1.30pm.