Experience proves key for seconds

Morpeth CC's second team line up before their game against Leadgate II. Photo by Keith Robertson.
Morpeth CC's second team line up before their game against Leadgate II. Photo by Keith Robertson.

Morpeth II (180-7) v Leadgate II (177-7) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division B2

MORPETH Seconds held their nerve to gain an important home victory.

On a sunny Saturday where 85 juniors attended coaching sessions in the morning, the hosts took to the field at 1.30pm having been asked to bowl first by Leadgate.

Morpeth did not get off to a great start, with Lyall proving expensive in his first spell of four overs, but he did take the wicket of opener Dobson.

The visitors had a lot of young players and 14-year-old McCabe showed that the pitch was a good one and the bad balls were there to be hit on his way to a very impressive 52.

Turner chipped in with 20 for the visitors before he was clean bowled by the impressive Ingram, who also had the captain Dixon caught at slip by Parsons.

The pitch became slower and slower during the innings and captain Parsons changed his bowlers around well.

Forster and the returning Douglas saw the run rate slow and the introduction of Jones saw the wickets fall at regular intervals. He took four in his seven overs, including a sublime catch from Turnbull two balls after McCabe had reached his 50.

The Leadgate innings finished on 177-7 off their 45 overs including a disappointing 44 extras from the bowling attack.

The Morpeth innings started in controlled fashion, with Truscott and Cowell seeing off the new ball and setting the tone for the innings before Truscott fell to a slower ball from Turner for 17.

Jones was not able to continue his good form as he became McCabe’s first of three victims to an LBW and Ingram followed on his first ball.

Cowell was digging in to anchor the innings, however, he injured himself on the foot before being stumped for 27.

The loss of Forster for two was not too costly as the impressive Turnbull was able to hit some lusty blows for a quickfire 29 and Lyall chipped in also with a rapid 11.

When they were dismissed, Leadgate were favourites as the home side were 125-7, but the experienced Rogers and Douglas came together, played themselves in and kept the scoreboard ticking over.

They were also able to steer the bad balls away to the boundary to make sure they were on track with the run rate. This included 15 runs off three balls from O’Neil.

Morpeth required 13 runs from the last two overs, which were easily achieved by the pair, much to the relief of the next batsman, Aviston. Rogers and Douglas finished on 32 not out and 26 not out respectively.

This was Morpeth’s second win of the season and hopefully they can achieve a few more before the end of their campaign.

• Morpeth’s first XI put in an improved performance as they lost by just two wickets away to Newcastle City.

The visitors batted first and finished their 50 overs on 185-7. Top scorers were Meikle (44 not out), Rose (37 not out) and Thompson (22).

Although there were some impressive bowling performances for Morpeth, including three wickets for Bethell, the home side reached their victory target with 23 balls to spare.