Wayne inflicts pain on helpless Ryton

Ryton I (113 all out) v Ponteland I (276-7)

Northumberland & Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division A1

A FINE knock of 99 from Ponteland’s Wayne Ritzema helped inspire the first team to a comprehensive 163-run victory over second-bottom Ryton I on Saturday.

The triumph came on the back of Pont’s win against bottom side Lintz the week before.

Batting first, Ponteland posted a formidable 276-7.

The top three set the tone with Ritzema finishing one short of his century, while Paul Lindsay hit 51 and Anthony Quarrell posted 55.

In reply, Ryton were dismissed for 113 with three wickets for Paul Elliott and two each for Duncan McGregor and Liam Cosgrove.

Tom Seymour and Mark Turnbull took one apiece.

Pont host Consett I on Saturday.

○ Ponteland’s second string remain top of Division B1 in the Northumberland & Tyneside Senior Cricket League, despite a 24-run defeat to Ashington twos on Saturday.

The victors chose to bat first, but Pont’s Ash Parker and Dave Waters quickly reduced the innings to 11-3 after just four overs.

Ashington regrouped and the score reached 69 before Parker took an excellent catch in the deep off Tom Reeman (1-30).

Thewlis and Dunn battled through, steadily accumulating off the spinners before cutting loose on the returning seamers as Parker (1-59) proved expensive.

Waters (3-42) eventually got the breakthrough with Thewlis bowled for 70 to end the 120-run partnership.

Ten more runs were added before Dunn was caught behind off the final delivery by Simon Edmondson (1-30).

Ashington finished on 199-6.

In reply, Ponteland started strongly with James Ealey (21) finding the boundary early on before he picked out the only fielder in the deep with the score on 40.

Matt Darwood and Jonathan Appleby kept the scoreboard ticking over and when Darwood reached his fourth consecutive 50 and the score passed 110 it appeared to be Ponteland’s game to lose.

Darwood’s dismissal for 60 was shortly followed by Appleby for 39 and when Nick Brown (six) and Faizal Padikaran (a duck) went in quick succession, the innings fell apart. With the score on 170-5 the crucial wicket of Edmondson (27) was picked up by Ashington and the last five wickets tumbled for five runs as the tail desperately tried to pick up the runs in the final four overs and Pont were dismissed for 175.

Pont, three points clear of Swalwell seconds, are at Consett twos on Saturday.