Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Leagues

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Leagues

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Byline: CHRIS WEST

IT is looking increasingly like six of the best for reigning NTSL champions Swalwell after they safely negotiated the most difficult of their remaining assignments with an eight-wicket victory at Tynedale. Heavy rain in the week running up to the game had left the wicket extremely soft, but once the prematch debate about conditions was out of the way, Tynedale found life tough at the crease as Craig Moffat and Nicky Phillips shared eight wickets. Only Jamie Crichton (41) was able to make an impression as the home team slid to 91 all out.

Chris Hewison (seven fours in 43no) and Michael Clarke (three fours and two sixes in 30no) then took Swalwell to the brink of number six as the champions rushed to an eight-wicket win in 16.5 overs.

Sacriston and Shotley Bridge both won to keep up the pressure on the leaders, but they need the top dogs to slip up in their remaining two games and their hopes of seeing that happen are fading fast. Sacriston's home win over Annfield Plain owed much to a blazing 76 from Ian Hunter, who included six fours and four sixes in his blitz.

And with promising youngster Reece Carr also impressing with a halfcentury, former player Melvyn Betts' five wickets couldn't stop the home side racking up 226.

Ryan Moralee (4-35) then led the home attack in securing a 34-run victory. It proved a Bridge too far for hosts Lintz as Shotley shot them down by ten wickets.

A brilliantly defiant 80 from Kieran Gohery proved to be in vain as Lintz were bowled out for 121 before Phil Carlin (61no) and David Anderson (42no) did the business in only 23.4 overs. Leadgate are going down with all guns blazing. Whilst they can still mathematically escape the drop their realistic chances are on the thin side of slim, but that didn't stop them defeating Morpeth by 18 runs on the back of a scintillating showing from Paul Greenwell, who crashed 13 fours and seven sixes in an undefeated 131. …

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