Patience the key for Mitford

Rock (155 all out) v Mitford (156-1) Alnwick and District League: Vice-President’s Cup Quarter-Finals

MITFORD reached the semi-finals with a comfortable away victory on Sunday.

After their match away to Wooler on Saturday was cancelled due to rain, the visitors were glad to get the chance to build on their excellent performance against Berwick the previous weekend.

They won the toss and decided to bowl. The wickets did not come immediately but Mitford stayed patient and were soon making inroads.

Nick Gaynor bowled Bell for ten and Terry Dunn’s accurate bowling was rewarded when he produced two good deliveries to remove the bails and send Wilson (30) and Tony Dunn (31) back to the pavilion.

Page was Terry Dunn’s next victim when he found the safe hands of Matthew Lees.

A useful partnership between Short and Gray gave Rock some momentum, but Dunn made the important breakthrough when he bowled Short for 39 to claim his fourth wicket.

It did not take long for the remaining home wickets to fall – Colin Crowe, Matthew Ellinor and Lees got one each.

Rock were all out for 155. Gray was left stranded on 23 not out.

In reply, Mitford openers Mark Parrish and Ellinor played themselves in then looked to attack the bowling.

Once the 100 came up with no wickets lost, the winning line was in sight and it was almost a ten wicket victory – Ellinor was caught and bowled by Page for 78.

The margin in the end was nine wickets. Parrish was 59 not out and Dunn finished on two not out.