Seconds drop just short of cup glory

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Sacriston II (94 all out) v Ponteland II (71 all out)

Northumberland & Tyneside Senior Cricket League – B Division League Cup Final

PONTELAND Seconds narrowly missed out on trophy success in a low-scoring final.

It was a tough ask against the team leading Division B1 but Pont were determined and, after winning the toss and deciding to field, they made an early breakthrough when Phillips was caught by Jonathan Varley off the bowling of John Gardner.

Sacriston’s scoring was steady but not spectacular as Ponteland’s bowling was disciplined and Gardner got his second wicket when he trapped Brennan lbw for 12.

Dinsdale made what turned out to be a crucial knock of 33 – he was eventually bowled by Andy Denyer.

From 56-3, wickets fell at regular intervals as Denyer picked up another two and David Waters took a couple, including a caught and bowled.

With three run-outs helping their cause, Ponteland dismissed Sacriston for just 94.

But the County Durham side showed their class when they took to the field, with Matty Bell the first Pont man out for just four.

Steve Edwards and Parag Chauhan gave the underdogs some hope with a decent partnership, which included some great shots to the boundary, but once they were dismissed for 27 and 10 respectively a collapse followed.

No one else could make double figures as Ponteland were all out for 71.

Ponteland II (81-0) v Greenside II (80 all out)

Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division B2

A DAY before the League Cup final, Ponteland Seconds strengthened their promotion push with a crushing 10-wicket victory.

John Gardner got the hosts off to a great start by dismissing both Greenside openers, who scored just 18 runs between them.

Duncan McGregor got a deserved wicket when he trapped Soulsby lbw for a duck.

Haney was the only visiting batsman to make a decent score. He was caught by Peter Nesbitt off the bowling of David Waters for 26.

Gardner took a further two wickets and Andy Denyer got two when he came on to clean up the tail. There were also two run-outs as Greenside were 80 all out.

It was plain sailing for Ponteland in reply as Matty Bell was 40 not out and Mark MacKenzie-Crooks was unbeaten on 34, with seven extras helping them to reach the very modest target.