Ulgham on the brink

Ulgham 122 all out v Stobswood Welfare (124-9) Northumberland Cricket League, Division One

A BOUNDARY by tail-ender Dan Watson inflicted a heartbreaking defeat on Ulgham last Saturday and now means their chances of surviving the drop are out of their hands.

After losing the toss, the hosts were asked to bat and they got off to a steady start with Tait (19) and Plummer (40) adding 66 for the first wicket in 24 overs.

The troubles of recent weeks then happened once again, with the middle order failing to contribute and Ulgham collapsed to 77 for six after 34.

Evans and skipper Hynd added 24 to take it past 100 before they both were out. The innings was brought to a close in the 48th over with 122 the total.

Ian Watson with four for 15 and Michael Beverley with three for 23 were the pick of the visitors’ attack.

With such a low total to defend, early wickets were needed and the home side got off to a flyer with both openers out with seven on the board courtesy of Herne and Campbell.

It was Campbell who struck again in the 11th over and at 19 for three the visitors were struggling.

Wingfield and Townsley steadied the innings by taking the score to 77 at the halfway mark and looked in total control of the match.

Stobswood then pressed the self destruct button by losing a flurry of wickets to stand at 111 for 9 off 37 overs and the home side were sensing an unlikely win.

But the last pair of Richard Watson and Daniel Watson batted with great caution and passed the Ulgham total in the 41st over to seal the victory.

Herne with four for 24, Campbell (two for 27), Wilson (two for 32) and Stokoe (one for 16) were the Ulgham wicket takers.

Ulgham must now win at Ashington Rugby Cricket Club and hope other teams lose to stay up.