Seconds secure promotion

Backworth II (108 all out) v Ponteland II (109-4) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division B2

PONTELAND Seconds clinched their promotion to Division B1 with a six-wicket win over Backworth.

Jack Schofield took two early wickets to leave the home side in trouble, before Collins and Race steadied the ship.

But it all went downhill for Backworth when David Waters caught Collins off Mark Waters’ bowling for 25 and David Waters clean bowled Race for 28.

The other wickets were taken fairly quickly as they were dismissed for just 108, with only Fairbairn (22) showing any resistance.

David Waters achieved a personal haul of four, Mark Waters got another one and John Gardner got the final two of the innings.

In reply, Ponteland suffered an early blow when Jeff Oliver was trapped lbw for four.

But innings from Matty Bell (19) and Parag Chauhan (28) got them back on track and they were also helped by a lot of extras.

In the end it was Andrew Morgan (12 not out) and Neil Pinnock (eight not out) who saw the visitors home.

Ponteland (75 all out) v Backworth (160 all out)

Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A2

PONTELAND slumped to an 85-run defeat thanks to a big batting failure.

The bowlers did well as Backworth were all out for 160. Tom Seymour took three wickets and Iftikhar Fazal picked up a couple.

But in reply, things started to go really badly once openers Wayne Ritzema (19) and James Ritzema (five) were dismissed.

The score went from 34-2 to 49-7 as none of the middle order could get themselves in.

Jonathan Appleby and Fazal both scored 13 but they were dismissed before they could give Pont a glimmer of hope. The visitors were all out for 75.