Mixed results for Ponteland sides

James Ealey hits out for Ponteland II against Newcastle City II. Photo by KEITH ROBERTSON.
James Ealey hits out for Ponteland II against Newcastle City II. Photo by KEITH ROBERTSON.

Leadgate I (227) v Ponteland I (173) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A1

PONTELAND played their part in an entertaining match on Saturday, but they ultimately fell to a defeat.

The hosts started well, but Pont made two important breakthroughs to dismiss Hockaday – caught Paul Elliott, bowled Mark Turnbull – and Burdon, whose shot from a John Callaghan delivery found the hands of Liam Cosgrove.

Tom Seymour later made an impact with some dangerous deliveries, although Leadgate had made good progress before he took three wickets, particularly Richardson who scored seven boundaries in his innings of 52.

Paul Lindsay and Cosgrove got in on the act and Seymour got his fourth wicket. However, good knocks by Turner (30) and Harrison brought the County Durham side up to 227.

Callaghan took his second to get rid of Harrison for 44.

Ponteland opener Matthew Hynd was out for a duck, but they recovered thanks to Wayne Ritzema (17) and Lindsay (33).

Victory was firmly in their sights when Stuart Taylor and Seymour put together an excellent partnership. The innings went downhill, however, once they were dismissed for 44 and 41 respectively.

A flurry from final two batsmen Callaghan (10) and Cosgrove (eight) was too little, too late as Pont were all out for 173.

l Ponteland seconds had a big victory at home to Newcastle City II on Saturday, largely becuase of some excellent bowling.

Opening batsmen Matt Darwood (61) and James Ealey (40) also made a good contribution as they put on 76 for the first wicket. Number three Jonathan Appleby was in good form as well, finishing 23 not out as Pont posted a total of 169 for six.

In the Newcastle innings, Duncan McGregor did most of the damage.

He returned figures of 5-18 off 10 overs.

David Waters, two, Ian Smart and John Gardner took the other wickets as the visitors were dismissed for just 64.