Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Leagues Review

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Leagues Review

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Byline: By Malcolm Pratt

Ashington are the new leaders of the Foster's Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League as the unexpected occurred at Leadgate.

Tynedale, who have led the table almost all season, lost the league's last unbeaten record when they tumbled to 66 all out.

Lee Innes took four wickets for 10 runs and Masood Mirza and Bilal Rana three wickets apiece to set up a seven-wicket victory for Leadgate. Innes added to his batting performance, scoring 31.

Ashington had no difficulty seeing off Sacriston, who were back in the pavilion for 84 as former Warkworth paceman Steven Boyd clinched match-winning figures of 5-29.

There were useful contributions down the order when the Colliers batted first, the most notable from Stuart Tiffin, who made 54 opening. Ashington's 205-9 soon looked beyond Sacriston when Boyd took the wickets of the first three batsmen in quick succession.

Although Whickham look doomed to relegation, several clubs are in the fight to avoid the other place. Only 15 points separate second-bottom Shotley Bridge from Annfield Plain and Benwell & Walbottle.

Whickham suffered their 10th defeat in 12 games when they lost by 100 runs to Annfield Plain, who made 239-5. David Newstead and David Maughan both scored 45, Graeme Carr 41 and Ian Clough an unbeaten 30. Whickham's reply ended on 139 as Ray Oliver picked up four wickets for 34 runs.

Shotley Bridge are back in a relegation place after losing by six wickets to Swalwell at Derwenthaugh. John Collingwood was the match winner with three wickets and an unbeaten 32 and Steven Humble made 30 when Swalwell lost two wickets at the start of their reply.

Swalwell are third bottom. Lintz gave themselves breathing space defeating Newcastle City by 11 runs. Palav Kumar took seven wickets but 45 by David Nevin was in a useful Lintz total of 175.

All was going well for City when Hussein and Imran Khan (35) were together for the second wicket, but then Steven Smith took four wickets when introduced as second change. Graeme Clennell also ended with four victims as City fell 12 runs short.

Atta-ur-Rehman gave his best performance so far, leading Lanchester to a three-wicket win at Benwell & Walbottle for whom Graeme Dakers hit an unbeaten 79 in his team's total of 164-7. …

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