Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Onions Success Is Bitter-Sweet

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Onions Success Is Bitter-Sweet

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Byline: By Miles Starforth

Blaydon go into the second-half of the season with club captain Ian Somerville insisting they have no reason to fear anyone in the league.

Blaydon, skippered by Mark Drake this season, are second in the Foster's North East Premier League at the halfway stage, 17 points behind leaders Chester-le-Street with Philadelphia the visitors to Denefield Bank tomorrow.

And Somerville is hoping Blaydon, who narrowly beat champions South Northumberland but were themselves beaten by Chester-le-Street last month, can hang on in there.

But they are likely to see little of Durham-contracted seamer Graham Onions for the rest of the campaign given his form at The Riverside.

"The Chester-le-Street game was a bit of a crunch match and unfortunately it was weather-affected," said Somerville. "It's a little bit like the England games in that the toss has determined how games go.

"We started off slowly with the weather on our minds ( we didn't want to lose wickets. Unfortunately for us, the weather did intervene and gave us fewer overs, but as it happened, it turned out to be a very good game. It went to the last ball.

"Fair dues to Chester-le-Street, they went for the runs and got them. …

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