Ulgham hit for six

Ulgham (127 all out) v Whitley Bay (131 for 0) Northumberland Cricket League, Division One

ULGHAM crashed to their first home defeat of the season against a Whitley Bay side who they beat comprehensively only three weeks ago.

After winning the toss and deciding to bat, the home side got off to a flying start scoring 44 in the first 10 overs, before a double bowling change by the visitors put the brakes on the home side’s progress.

Plummer fell for 32 with the score on 49, soon followed by Tait for six with 53 on the board.

A mini collapse ensued with Ulgham losing Haygarth and Hynd for ducks and Evans for two to leave them in trouble at 60 for five at the halfway stage.

After adding 25 with Campbell, Scholes fell for 12. Hall and Campbell added a further 39 to the total but when the latter departed for 35 the rest of the innings quickly came to an end.

Hornsey, Stokoe and Charlton were out in quick succession to leave Hall stranded on seven not out and the total on 127.

For the visitors, Parkinson with six for 39 and Afaq with three for 16 were the pick of the bowlers.

With the home side missing opening bowlers Herne and Moore due to injury a depleted bowling attack would have to work wonders to defend such a low score.

Despite their efforts, openers Parkinson and Hymers looked comfortable in the run chase offering only one chance each – ironically both in the same Charlton over.

The pair took 32 overs to complete the run chase with both passing 50 in the process.

This was probably the home side’s worst performance of the season so far and with the chasing pack closing in, it is now vital that they get at least two more wins to preserve Division One status.