Ponteland I (166 all out) v Burnopfield I (167-9) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A1
PONTELAND were extremely close to recording a victory in their first appearance in the top division since 2006.
Matthew Hynd, Nick Brown, Rory Marr, Paul Elliott, John Callaghan and Liam Cosgrove were all making their debuts.
After making a solid start, the home side were 47-4. Nick Brown and Jonny Appleby dug in and put on a 50 stand before Brown (37) was bowled by Burnopfield’s pro Hafeez.
Appleby was unlucky to be dismissed by an outstanding catch then positive batting by Elliott, who scored 38, helped Pont to a more respectable 166 all out.
It looked like the visitors would win easily, but first Elliott, then Tom Seymour, took two quick wickets to give the hosts some hope.
Opening bowler Mark Turnbull returned to the attack and was inspired, taking five wickets and giving away few runs to leave Burnopfield on 166 for nine.
But the number 11 survived and they managed to get the run they needed to win by one wicket.