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

ONE week after achieving the nigh on impossible by beating Swalwell, Morpeth were themselves humbled - by bottom club Ryton who clambered out of the relegation zone of the Wellstream NTSL.

Ryton had the useful services of Ben Harmison at their disposal for the match, but it was their other new boy, ex-Blaydon quickie Mark Cawthorn, who bagged 6-34.

Morpeth could only limp to 102, a target that Ryton passed with seven wickets and plenty of time to spare.

One week after suffering their first league defeat for two years, Swalwell bounced back with a vengeance as they defeated league leaders Shotley Bridge by five wickets.

With brother Paul scoring runs for England just up the road, Peter Collingwood was trying to emulate him at the Bridge. He stroked six boundaries in an impressive 45, but with ex-Durham man Nicky Phillips (15 overs 4 for 32) bowling tightly the home team could only reach 141-9 in their overs.

Ian Pattison then demonstrated his class with a superb innings of 60, that included 11 fours and a six, and this proved to be the crucial knock as Swalwell eased to a vital victory to go level at the top.

And the team rubbing shoulders with the champs is newly promoted Percy Main who made it four wins out of five.

Scoring runs was not easy for either side at the Main, with visitors Annfield Plain finding it difficult to escape the attentions of James Butler (4-56) and Carl Ainsworth (2-29). Skipper John Newstead's 38 became the match's top score as Plain recovered from a poor start, although their final score of 122-8 was always going to be difficult to defend. And so it proved as the

Main batsmen got their heads down to grind out a five wicket success.

In the day's other games Melvyn Betts (6-35) set up Sacriston's two- wicket win over Leadgate, Harry Hubber (87) completing the job, and Tynedale overcame Benwell & Walbottle by four wickets in a low scoring battle.

The Lintz versus Ashington match never got started - with Lintz now in danger of becoming grounded at the bottom of the division and the Colliers denied the chance to pursue their title aspirations. …

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