Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Leagues Round-Up

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Leagues Round-Up

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Byline: CHRIS WEST

THE battle of the titans in the Foster's Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League lived up to its billing as Tynedale and Lintz shared a thrilling game.

Scott Kay cracked a century to set Tynedale up for their total of 264-5 but Lintz, who have a habit of winning or losing by narrow margins, produced their usual exciting challenge with contributions from many of their batsmen, highlighted with a half century from opener Stuart Clennell. But the chase fell four runs short and the next couple of weeks will determine whether the match was the defining one of the season.

Tynedale's win kept them a point in front of Leadgate who beat Annfield Plain but third-placed Swalwell, who are just a point further behind, kept up the challenge with a victory. Leadgate posted 226 against the Plain with Neil Broome (72) leading the way and Lee Innes (55) and David Anderson (42) giving excellent support. Rehan Rafique (5-38) enjoyed exceptional bowling analysis considering the size of the total, but he couldn't inspire his colleagues when he batted and his side was out for 83. For Leadgate, Anderson (4-14) enjoyed further star rating.

Swalwell bowled out Newcastle City for 75 with David Rutherford (5-22) and Stuart Pattison (4-19) sharing the limelight. They went on to win by 162 runs, having made 237-9 with Jonathan Craig (94) and Lloyd Anderson (52) enjoying a splendid opening partnership.

Benwell and Walbottle fell to the second lowest score of the day when they were out for 76 against Shotley Bridge. David Jackson (6-39) and Wessel Hartslief (3-30) proved too good and Bridge romped home by seven wickets.

Ashington took maximum points against Morpeth with Stephen Boyd (7-40 and 53 not out) the match-winner almost single-handedly while bottom club Percy Main lost again when Sacriston's Hubber brothers, Martin (4-30) and Harry (53no) played major roles.

But Melvyn Betts (5-29) also contributed to Main's poor show and Sacriston's success by seven wickets. …

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