Bates denied by wet weather

DUE to the quick draining square at the Welfare, Bates Cottages were able to start their second XI fixture.

Bates were put in to bat with skipper Gibson and Fenwick being watchful in the early overs.

When Fenwick dragged a wide one onto his stumps, this brought Bailey to the crease, and together with Gibson they steadied the innings.

A tremendous partnership of 88 ensued, with Bailey hitting some fluent drives through the covers and Gibson working the ball well.

At drinks Bates were 90-1 and looking well set for a big score.

Hebburn skipper Harry Graves Jnr then entered the attack, his wily left arm spin proving too tempting for Bailey, who holed out to mid-off.

Gibson continued to be positive and scored a sparkling half century.

By now the rain was falling persistently and this changed conditions.

This variable bounce proved the undoing of the Bates skipper as he fended a lifter from McVittie that appeared to be falling harmlessly wide of the strip until an amazing diving catch from the bowler caught it.

A collapse followed, with Graves and McVittie sharing the wickets, and only Dennis could provide any resistance with some well struck boundaries as Bates looked to get towards 160 and maximum batting points.

In the end it wasn’t to be, finishing on 146 all out.

But then the rain ended the game with Bates collecting nine points and Hebburn ten.

Bates’ man of the match was Will Gibson, who scored 52 from 69 deliveries.

Meanwhile, the first XI fixture against Clara Vale was abandoned without a ball being bowled.