Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wickets Go Quickly in Run Chase

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wickets Go Quickly in Run Chase

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Byline: Jeff Bowron

NORTHUMBERLAND ended the opening day of their final Minor Counties Championship match 25 runs behind hosts Bedfordshire with five wickets intact.

Thirteen wickets fell in the first two sessions and 15 in total during a day dominated by the bowlers on a pitch that took spin and was difficult to score on.

Bedfordshire won the toss, but lost two quick wickets, Charlie Thurston caught at slip off the third ball of the morning by Mickey Allan, who then trapped Michael Burrell leg before for 10.

Jacques du Toit took his second slip catch to dismiss opener Luke Thomas off Tom Harper, the home side restricted to 90-5 off 30 overs at lunch.

George Thurstance was trapped in front of his stumps by left-arm spinner Ollie McGee for a top-scoring 37 and then James Middlebrook also fell leg before. The former Essex, Northants and Yorkshire batsman was removed by Sameet Brar, who conceded just 17 runs from 11 overs while also having Andy Reynoldson caught at slip. McGee removed Lewis Perrin and wicket-keeper Nick Barden as three wickets fell for one run to leave Bedfordshire struggling badly on 106-8. Batting at Luton was difficult and after Colin Griggs was run out by du Toit, the last wicket stand of 31 was the second highest of the innings. Allan bowled Dean Bryce to pick up his third wicket and end the resistance, and the Bedfordshire innings for 147, Northumberland then reduced to 7-3 inside eight overs.

The first two wickets fell for just one run, Dan Anderson yorked from the very first ball and then Jack Clark also fell to Griggs, neither opener scoring a run, a swinging ball doing the damage.

Northumberland were in real trouble when Jack Jessop was caught and bowled by Thomas for four, du Toit pulling his first ball over square leg for six, North 9-3 at tea.

Du Toit struck the first ball of the third session for four through mid-wicket and with Shaun Tindale went on to put on a priceless 91 for the fourth wicket. …

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