Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Leagues

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Leagues

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Byline: By Malcolm Pratt

Leaders Tynedale had a close call before beating Lintz in the Foster's Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League.

The visitors, who faced a target of 197, were given a good send-off by Steve Smith with 73 and Stuart Clennell (38) but the bowling of Stuart Graham (6-43) proved decisive.

Lintz ended on 185-8 just 12 runs short of a winning margin. Tynedale's innings was dominated by Scott Kay, who batted throughout for an undefeated 111.

Ashington had plenty to spare at Shotley Bridge where James Harmison and Paul Rutherford both took five wickets in restricting the home team to only 141.

David Rutherford and Neil Wood both made 30 opening the Colliers' reply and Simon Prudhoe again hit form, carrying his bat as the visitors won with seven wickets left.

Champions Lanchester lost by 26 runs to Sacriston, who are running into form. Naheem Feroz (38) and Ferook Iqbal with 39 raised the hopes of the visitors but the innings ended on 144 as Harry Hubber claimed four wickets.

Batting first, Sacriston made an indifferent start before Lee Shaw (49) Martin Hubber on 33 and Andrew with 45 got to grips with Wallace Albertyn and Iqbal who shared seven wickets.

Newcastle City were delighted that Palav Kumar was available to play against Swalwell after being involved in Durham County's game against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge last week.

After bowling a good end, helping to restrict Swalwell to 199-7, which included a half-century by Paul Dumighan, Kumar added 102 to a first- wicket partnership with Tom Jones (74 not out) as City won, losing just one wicket.

It was a lot closer at Annfield Plain, who edged Leadgate by 13 runs. Graeme Carr carried his bat for 69 leading the Plain to 150-6 before David Baxter returned figures of 4-23 as Leadgate responded with 137 all out.

Whickham remain bottom of the table after losing by three runs to Benwell and Walbottle. Richard Boschen (49) and Andy May (34) raised the hopes of Whickham but Van Vuuren made a half-century, then took two late wickets, and Whickham were short. …

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