Seconds make it first again

Cramlington II (136 all out) v Blagdon Park II (141-8) Northumberland Cricket League, Division B1

BLAGDON Park seconds battled to their fifth successive league win on the back of 65 from Mick Leybourne and five wickets from David Simpson, writes Stuart Dick.

Cramlington won the toss and inserted the visitors and although it was cold and breezy, Leybourne looked in fine form, taking every opportunity to score.

There was early success for the home side when John Whittaker was trapped LBW, but Leybourne had begun to open his shoulders by the time Andrew Bain was bowled.

Mick Leybourne reached his half century but an ill-judged call meant he had to go back to the pavilion after scoring 65 runs.

Elliot Leybourne, Stuart Dick and Adam Clarke were dismissed cheaply, but David Simpson (27 not out) and Steven Oxley (eight) put on what turned out to be a crucial partnership.

Henry Blake was run out during the last ball of the innings as Blagdon ended up on 141-8.

Cramlington’s reply got off to a great start for the away side as Blake (1-11) found the outside edge of Roe’s bat, with ‘keeper Dick taking a regulation catch in the third over.

Walker played well and reached 27, but then he chipped a Clarke delivery to behind square, where Andy Pryor was waiting to take a sharp catch. Clarke then removed Cramlington captain Parker, with Andrew Clough taking the catch.

Simpson struck immediately after being introduced by bowling Bramley for 16 and he later had Rowntree stumped to make the score 73-5.

The home side’s lower order dug in and made it a tight contest, but Blagdon kept taking wickets at crucial times, including three more for Simpson (5-38).

Oxley (1-32) bowled Thrumble for 18 and with six needed from Cramlington and one wicket required for the visitors, Cuthbertson skied a Clarke delivery to the boundary. However, Whittaker was waiting to take the catch and win the game.