Annfield Plain II (213/6) v
Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division B1
Ponteland Cricket Club’s second team were involved in a thrilling tied game on Saturday.
Their opponents won the toss and elected to bat. The visitors took an early wicket when Shield was caught by Andy Denyer off the bowling of Liam Cosgrove.
Annfield Plain responded well and Hawdon (36) and Donnelly (22) made some useful contributions, whilst Townsend was in excellent nick.
Pont’s bowlers stuck at it and Denyer claimed two scalps within a couple of overs and Donnelly was dismissed following a Neil Pinnock delivery.
Smith supported Townsend well for a period, but he was caught off the bowling of John Lumb, and Cosgrove bowled Maughan for 13.
The hosts finished their 45 overs on 213 for six. Townsend just came up short in his attempt to score a century as he was 99 not out.
Ponteland got off to a solid start in reply. The opening pair put on 43 for the first wicket – James Ealey was out for 19.
Lumb and Andrew Morgan played themselves in, however both men were dismissed for 21. In addition, Ryan Gerrard was bowled for 12.
Thomas Reeman got the away side back on track and he reached a much deserved half century, scoring at about a run a ball.
He had useful support from Chris Morgan, who was eventually run out for 18, but the game was back in the balance when Reeman was dismissed for 68.
It went down to the final ball and the sides could not be separated as Pont scored 213 for eight. Cosgrove finished on 13 not out.
• Ponteland’s first team were left frustrated on Saturday evening as the rain prevented what looked to be a certain victory at home to Annfield Plain I.
The visitors batted first and they were restricted to 187 for seven off their 50 overs.
Niall Penfold took three wickets, John Gardner claimed two scalps and there was a wicket each for Iftikhar Fazal and David Waters.
Pont openers Wayne Ritzema and Stuart Taylor saw off the new ball and then accelerated the run rate.
The home side were in a very strong position (123 without loss) when the rain came and the game had to be abandoned. Taylor was 73 not out and Ritzema was unbeaten on 43.