Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North's Big Day out Becomes Damp Squib

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North's Big Day out Becomes Damp Squib

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Byline: By Jeff Bowron

Northumberland's century-long wait for a trophy continued at Lord's yesterday as the final of the MCCA Knockout Trophy proved to be a game too far for Phil Nicholson's side.

The county under-achieved with the bat as they posted a below-par score of 237 with their final wicket falling in the last over.

Apart from a bowl-out quarter-final win over Cambridgeshire, all of Northumberland's previous games in the Trophy had been won batting second.

They lacked composure on a good wicket with a quick outfield and short boundary on one side. Their final total was 40 or 50 runs short of what the county would have expected to score under such circumstances, particularly against a moderate Berkshire attack.

And so it proved as the Western Division side displayed the intelligence and application with the bat that Northumberland have lacked as they claimed a comfortable seven-wicket win with 7.3 overs to spare.

Adam Heather could count himself unlucky to fall lbw to Nick Denning in the fifth over of the day and youngster Daniel Shurben played on for 19 against another seamer Julian Wood.

But the other four batsmen in Northumberland's top six were all guilty of loose shots as the county attempted to move the score on at indecent haste.

Allan Worthy had struck eight fours in what turned out to be a top scoring 37 when, after attempting to hit Tom Lambert over long-on, another stroke of attacking intent brought an inside edge which was snapped up by Zimbabwean wicket keeper Bjorn Mordt.

Worthy and Chester-le-Street team mate Shurben had put on 56 for the second wicket, Northumberland's best partnership of the game, although there were also stands of 40 for the fourth and sixth wicket.

Professional Bradley Parker had progressed effortlessly to 31 when another rush of blood saw the Tyke drive Teesside born medium pacer Steve Naylor straight to Lambert at deep mid-off. …

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