Promotion hope dented

Ponteland (169-6) v Lintz (171-2) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A2

PONTELAND suffered a setback to their promotion hopes after having an off-day at home to Lintz.

The home side won the toss and batted first, with Wayne Ritzema and Dan Wright getting them off to a solid start.

The visitors made some important breakthroughs when Wright (19) and Matt Darwood (one) were out lbw.

Then Ritzema was dismissed in the same manner for 31.

Tom Seymour and Stuart Taylor put together a useful partnership, with some good attacking shots, to put Pont back on track and up the run-rate.

But Taylor was bowled for 28 and, although Seymour reached a deserved half-century, he was also out lbw on 51 which hampered the team’s efforts in the final few overs.

John Gardner made 13 and James Ealey (eight not out) and Jonathan Appleby (three not out) were left at the end of the innings as the hosts finished on 169 for six.

In reply, Ponteland got off to a great start when Christie was run out without scoring and Iftikhar Fazal trapped Smith lbw for one.

However, their joy was short-lived as Lintz batsmen Gohery and Clennell played themselves in then found the boundary at regular intervals.

Gohery reached 100 not out and Clennell was unbeaten on 55 as the away side reached their target with eight wickets to spare.

Swalwell II (113-8) v Ponteland II (114-1) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior Cricket League - Division B2

PONTELAND Seconds won their promotion battle against Swalwell in some style.

The hosts struggled throughout their innings.

They lost early wickets thanks to good bowling from Jack Schofield (3-48) and Duncan McGregor (2-13).

David Waters struck twice, including the dismissal of Swalwell dangerman Clarke, caught and bowled for 29, and Andy Denyer took a wicket as the home side finished on just 113 for eight off their 45 overs.

The visitors always looked comfortable in their reply and after Matty Bell was out for 16, Will Urwin (53 not out) and Parag Chauhan (33 not out) played very well to lead Pont to an easy victory.