Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Cricket Review

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Cricket Review

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Tynedale maintained top place and confirmed Whickham's relegation when the sides met in a top versus bottom confrontation in the Foster's Northumberland Tyneside Senior League on Saturday.

Richard Darling bowled only 6.5 overs but claimed six wickets for 23 runs and Stuart Graham took 4-29 from 12 overs as Whickham were sent back for 62.

Craig Barbour (27 not out) and Graham with an unbeaten 24 then figured in an unbroken third wicket stand leading Tynedale to their 12th win of the season.

It has not been a happy summer for Whickham and they have yet to taste success as they make an immediate return to Division A2.

Second placed Ashington had just four runs to spare at home to Lanchester who were all out with three balls of their restricted 45 overs remaining.

Faced with a target of 153, they almost claimed victory as Tony Halliday threatened to score a half century.

Neil Wood was the Colliers' top scorer, recording one six and eight boundaries in 66 out of a total of 152-6 compiled from 45 overs.

Leadgate's hopes of making a late impact in the race for the championship receded when their fixture at Newcastle City was called off.

At the bottom, a number of clubs are fighting to avoid the second relegation place.

Shotley Bridge did their chances of avoiding the drop a power of good when they inflicted a 79-run defeat on Lintz, who are second from bottom.

Donald Brown was Shotley's match winner contributing 34 which together with an unbeaten 51 from Ian Heslop enabled his side to reach 159-7.

Brown then took over with the ball and when he claimed six wickets for a miserly 28 runs Lintz were back in the pavilion with just 80. Although Annfield Plain handsomely defeated Benwell and Walbottle, they are just eight points ahead of Lintz.

David Baxter took four wickets at little cost, helping to reduce the visitors to just 70. He then hit an unbeaten 23 in an unbroken fifth wicket stand with David Maughan (27 not out) to see the Plain to a crucial win.

Only recently, Swalwell were too near the bottom for comfort but they are now joint fourth following victory at Sacriston. …

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