Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Familiar Story as Northumberland Crumble at the Crease; CRICKET

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Familiar Story as Northumberland Crumble at the Crease; CRICKET

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FORMER Gloucestershire wicket-keeper/batsman Richard Coughtrie hit 86 and Jacques du Toit a half-century on the opening day of Northumberland's Minor Counties Championship match against Staffordshire.

But their good work was undone by an all too familiar batting collapse that saw Northumberland slip from 206-3 to 245 all out.

The last five wickets produced just 14 runs after the last five wickets had mustered only 15 and 10 runs in the previous game against Lincolnshire.

North's tail is starting at seven at the moment, which can't go on if Championship victories are to be recorded this summer.

Team manager Stuart Tiffin said: "Once again we got into a promising situation only to let it slip, and it's very frustrating, though not altogether surprising.

"There are a number of young players in the side, and we had another two in 17-year-old left arm spinner Ollie McGee and 18-year-old Shaun Tindale, who were making their debuts.

"McGee bowled 10 overs for just 24 runs and Tindale six overs for 11 runs, so there is promise in the side, but we are paying a price for inexperience when we're batting. …

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