Firsts lose out in a low-scoring encounter

Seaton Burn I (83) v Morpeth I (69) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A2

MORPETH missed out on an excellent opportunity to claim their second win of the season against Seaton Burn.

The visitors got off to a fantastic start as the hosts’ top five batsmen only scored five runs between them.

Bethel was causing all sorts of problems and he claimed four scalps. There was also a wicket for Mackay.

Lyall showed some resistance and found the boundary a few times to get Seaton Burn up and running. However, wickets continued to tumble, with Bethel getting a deserved five-for and Lawn and Poxton getting in on the act.

Howarth (10) provided some decent support and Lyall finished on an impressive 46 not out. But the home side were all out for just 83 as Poxton took the remaining two wickets.

In reply, Morpeth were up against it after Lawn and Anderson were both dismissed for ducks.

Poxton and Cowell steadied the ship for a little while, but they were then out for 11 and 10 respectively.

Gillie was in good nick, but no-one else could get into double figures and the key moment came when Gillie was trapped LBW for 26.

The away side were dismissed for 69. Weldon was the pick of the Seaton Burn bowlers with figures of six for 35.

Morpeth are at home to Ashington on Saturday. The game starts at 1.30pm.

• In Division B2, Morpeth twos lost by six wickets at home to Seaton Burn II. The hosts kept losing wickets at regular intervals in their innings. A few top-order batsmen played themselves in, but they could not go on to make a big score – Wilson (20), Clow (11) and Jones (10).

A collapse followed and only Michie (13) reached double figures. Seaton Burn conceded 23 extras as Morpeth were all out for 95.

Gavaghan made an early breakthrough for the home side when he bowled Hindson for eight. However, the visitors responded well and McAuley and Waite put together a useful partnership. They were close to their target by the time they were both dismissed by Aviston.

Carr was caught by Clow off the bowling of Parsons, but Anderson (eight not out) and Pearson (three not out) saw them home.