Rare tied game

Shotley Bridge (145-9) v Morpeth (145-9) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A1

MORPETH were involved in a rare tied game following a dramatic afternoon at Shotley Bridge.

The match suffered from rain interruptions, but it was worth the wait for the supporters who stayed as it went down to the final ball.

The visitors batted first and were struggling on 25 for four when Jonny Craigs, Jonny Foster, Charles Anderson and James Sander were all dismissed for single figures.

But Ben Maxted and Andrew Poxton stayed firm and once they got going they played some terrific shots to the boundary.

Maxted got a deserved half century, however he was bowled for 51 and Poxton soon followed for 28 when he was run out.

A late cameo from Chris Horner (16 not out), whose innings included two sixes, and Paul Elliott (eight not out) helped Morpeth reach 145 for nine from their reduced 30 overs.

Gary Christie made an early breakthrough for the away side when he had Collingwood caught by Craigs for five runs.

Then Jack Palmer produced a devastating spell to get rid of three batsmen, all caught, to leave Shotley Bridge in the same predicament that Morpeth faced as they were 25 for four.

As with the innings before it, the home side made a comeback as Stokoe dug in and he received good attacking support from Carlin (23) and Heslop (31).

Chris Horner had Carlin stumped by Maxted and Heslop was caught by Paul Elliott off the bowling of Christie to keep the game even.

Christie took a further two wickets as the match entered its final stages and the hosts looked like nicking it, but Stokoe was run out for 43 off the final ball and the scores finished level.