Decent campaign ends with defeat

Mark Turnbull steaming in for Ponteland v Swalwell. Photograph Steve Miller.
Mark Turnbull steaming in for Ponteland v Swalwell. Photograph Steve Miller.
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Ponteland (117) v Swalwell (214-7)

Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A1

PONTELAND finished a creditable sixth in the table, although they lost their final game of the season against the league champions.

The away side batted first and Mark Turnbull was soon celebrating the dismissal of record-breaking batsman Hewison who he bowled for six.

Pattison scored a rapid 34 before Turnbull (2-40) bowled him. Ponteland old boys Anderson and Clarke took the score up to 89 before both were dismissed in quick succession, Liam Cosgrove (1-30) getting Clarke caught by Ashley Parker at extra cover before Ashley Parker took a skyer off Ed Common (1-34) to get Anderson.

Whitfield and Smith steadily rebuilt the innings and the score had reached 143 before Parker struck to dismiss both, Whitfield to a good catch by Ed Common for 51.

Parker (3-58) then took the final wicket to fall with Phillips caught behind by Jonny Appleby as the innings ended on 214-7.

In reply, Wayne Ritzema was out for a duck and it fell to Ed Common and Appleby to battle hard against a very strong Swalwell bowling attack.

The score had crawled up to 41 with runs just starting to come for the pair when Ed Common (14) and Appleby (18) were both dismissed in quick succession followed by Anthony Quarrell second ball and when Seymour (nine) fell soon after the innings was wobbling on 51.

Rory Marr, promoted from the second team, scored a quick 18 and Tom Common hit 26 runs, but Pont kept losing wickets and they were all out for 117, with Duncan McGregor unbeaten on 10.

• The Division B1 title-winning Ponteland II finished their season with an away victory.

They did not find batting easy against Swalwell as they ended their 45 overs on 149-7. Their top scorers were Jeff Oliver (43), Simon Edmondson (25) and Faizal Padikaran (22).

But their opponents found the going even tougher. Only two players reached double figures and the hosts were dismissed for just 73.

The Ponteland wicket-takers were Andy Denyer (3-16), Dave Waters (2-19), John Gardner (2-20), Ian Smart (1-0), Nick Brown (1-4) and Ryan Gerrard (1-7).