Lintz II (207 all out) v Morpeth II (162 all out) Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division B1
MORPETH travelled to Lintz on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon and, after eventually arriving with 10 minutes to spare, stand-in skipper D Harbottle won the toss and chose to bowl.
The opposition skipper was happy to bat first so it seemed like Morpeth had picked the worst of two evils with the very short boundary on one side and both straight boundaries had similar traits.
They took to the field with high hopes and the understanding they could chase down just over six an over with the short boundaries. The bowlers just had to keep things relatively tight and bowl line and length.
B Jones and J Craigs opened the bowling and started off very sprightly. They didn’t take any wickets but bowled a seven-over spell between them for about five runs an over.
Jones went for a few lucky fours through the cover boundary which was to be expected. Both teams had decided it was one or four on the off-side from the end Jones was bowling.
Craigs made the breakthrough with a good lbw appeal to leave the home team missing an opener.
Craigs followed that up with a sharp bowled and Lintz were reeling after losing two quick wickets.
Jones toiled for a few more overs at the scoreboard end to be eventually replaced by Rose, who took a stunning caught-and-bowled off his first delivery.
The batsmen seemed dazed by the change of pace. Craigs slogged it out for another over or two before being replaced by the sharp C Urwin.
The run rate took a dip with good tidy spells from Rose and Urwin. Then Rose took a second wicket with a flailing square cut nicked behind and taken comfortably by stand-in keeper J Ingram
Urwin picked a few wickets in the next spell, with Dhugga bowling his usual dangerous darts from the other end. C Lawn saw his first action with the ball for Morpeth Seconds and looked every part a bowler for the future. Morpeth picked up a few more wickets thanks to Dhugga’s dogged spell, with the youngster from Lintz taking a likening to Craigs when he returned for a short second spell, with the loss of two balls over the short square leg boundary for six.
Ben Jones returned from the clubhouse end and, with Dhugga, cleaned up the tail-enders for a total of 207 including an outrageous full-stretch diving catch from P Wonders. Morpeth believed it was a target they could chase.
After a hearty carb-heavy tea, Lintz took to the field and the opening bowlers started sprightly. There were no wickets falling but boundaries were in short supply.
Cowell and Urwin were seeing off the threat of the opening bowlers until Urwin was bowled for 15. Cowell continued with Meikle at the crease. Meikle hit some lovely drives through cover and mid-off and hit a large six through mid-on but eventually fell for 17.
The Morpeth top order was cleaned up when Cowell fell for 21 lbw a few overs later.
Lintz were looking pumped up and wickets were falling regularly until Wonders took to the crease and smashed a quick 41 backed up by number 10 Rose, who eventually fell for 27 after an impressive display of tail-end batting leaving C Lawn at the crease with a red inker.