Nimble is not enough

Sacriston II (208-3) v Morpeth II (207-8) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division B1

FOLLOWING a free weekend due to the wet weather, Morpeth seconds resumed their league campaign away at Sacriston in cold and damp conditions.

Opening pair Cowell and James Craigs were more than adept in dealing with the tricky conditions and were able to patiently build a good opening stand by waiting for the bad ball and putting it away, combined with some nimble singles.

Stephen Cowell (23) was the first batsmen to go when he scooped a wide short ball straight to point. But number three batsman Tim Lloyd was soon opening his shoulders with some lusty blows down the ground and to the short leg side boundary.

Craigs also joined in the fun and was the first to make it to 50, at which point he applied further pressure to the accelerator with a straight four followed by another that went over the rope.

However, Craigs fell shortly afterwards and Adam Lawn departed without troubling the scorers, before Jon Rose built a steady innings, although he did not strike the boundaries as regularly as Lloyd and Craigs.

Lloyd made his maiden 50 for the club and then Rose was run out backing up from a no ball that Lloyd had scooped to mid wicket.

Lloyd fell shortly afterwards when he was unable to clear the square leg with a lofted shot from the Sacriston left arm spinner.

Chase Evans came and went quickly, hitting a square cut powerfully but not out of the reach of a tumbling Lawes at cover. Ben Jones (10) and Cal Lawn (18 not out) had some lusty hitting towards the end as Morpeth managed to reach 207 for eight at the end of their 45 overs.

Sacriston set off in undaunted mood with Claughan and Dinsdale making the most of the Morpeth opening bowlers being too short of a good length on a pitch which was playing slowly.

Evans eventually made the breakthrough. Claughan (24) tried to hoick a good length ball to the cow corner region but instead skied it above mid on, with Jack Tordoff doing very well to circle back under the ball and cling on whilst falling to the ground.

But dropped catches were to prove crucial as Dinsdale pushed on and he was soon celebrating his century. He was dismissed on 103 when a Nick Rose delivery was top edged to Lloyd.

Lawes picked up where Dinsdale had left off and crashed a couple of straight boundaries as the target came down to single figures.

Ben Jones picked up the third wicket as Lawes (18) bottom edged an attempted pull through to Rose behind the wicket. However, the very next ball Sacriston secured victory with a guided single down into the third man region, with Dixon finishing on 46 not out.