Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Leagues

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Leagues

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There is no change at the top of the Foster's Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League and although third-placed Tynedale are in the race it is Lanchester and Newcastle City who set the pace.

Malcolm Small and Phil Carlin made half-centuries towards the Lanchester total of 240 for six against Shotley Bridge at The Spa. There were contributions of 30-plus scores by Peter Collingwood, Dominic McCabe and Neil Burdon but Shotley fell short at 181 for seven. Banda was in good form with his spinners, adding four victims to his growing total at a cost of just 25 runs.

Newcastle City are 16 points adrift of their rivals. When they reduced Lintz to just 112 for nine, victory was quickly achieved mainly through Sohail who put 54 to an eight-wicket success. Tynedale had a big win at home to Annfield Plain who got 58. Richard Darling and Henry Twizell shared six wickets after Tynedale has hit 183 for seven a total which included 54 from Scott Kay and 31 by Darling.

The runs flowed when Sacriston met Leadgate and won by 17. Stephen Ball on 52 and Tony Claughan with 84 set the scene for Sacriston's 256 for nine. Five wickets went to Stuart Graham for 45 but despite Umar making 69 and Lee Innes 78, Leadgate could only manage 239 for seven. Ball and Australian Gavin Swan both took three wickets for Sacriston. Stephen Humble and Mark Stoneman were also in dominant form as they took Swalwell to a match-winning 201 without loss against Backworth.

Tim Brown on 65 and Darren Leason with 30 put together a strong partnership for the third wicket. They played the lading roles in Backworth getting 198 for eight but the day belonged to Humble and young Stoneman.

Ryton could only make 118 at home to Ashington for whom David Rutherford took five for 43 after scoring 75 out of 249 for seven.

Whickham strengthened their position in Division A2 defeating Ponteland by almost 100 runs when Michael Brundle hit one six and 15 boundaries in a century. …

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