Ponteland win in close encounter with Alnwick

Wayne Ritzema bats for Ponteland against Alnwick on Saturday. Photo by Jane Coltman.
Wayne Ritzema bats for Ponteland against Alnwick on Saturday. Photo by Jane Coltman.

Alnwick (184 all out) v Ponteland (186-9) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A2

IT was a close game – but Ponteland held their nerve to record an important victory against Alnwick.

The visitors got their innings off to a bad start when James Ritzema was run out for a duck.

And they looked in trouble at 56-4, although Chad Hitchcock made what turned out to be a useful score of 17, which included three fours.

However, Wayne Ritzema and Paul Lindsay got Pont back on track by hitting the bad balls when they came to the boundary, getting ones and twos to keep the scoreboard ticking and playing defensivel- when necessary.

Lindsay fell just two short of his half century when he was caught by Threlfall off the bowling of Wright with the score on 151. Ritzema was out ten runs later for 74 – his innings contained 11 fours.

Iftikhar Fazal hit an entertaining 21, including a six, in the final few overs as Ponteland finished on 186 for nine.

In reply, Alnwick lost two early wickets as Brewis and Kelly were trapped LBW by Fazal and Mark Turnbull respectively.

Threlfall and Ayre got them back into the game, but Ayre nicked a Lindsay delivery to Dan Wright and Threlfall was run out backing up when the ball deflected off bowler Tom Seymour.

Dangerman Graham was often finding the boundary and he and Wright took the hosts past 125 before Graham was caught and bowled by Jonathan Appleby for 61.

Turnbull returned to get Armin out LBW, but the match swung back to the middle thanks to a decent partnership between Woods and Wright.

Stuart Taylor bowled Wright for 18 and Turnbull clattered Roxburgh’s stumps with a sharp delivery to take his third wicket.

Despite this, it looked like Alnwick would edge it when they reached 183-8. However, two run-outs in the final over off his own bowling by Taylor, including Woods for 39, gave Ponteland the win and maximum points.