Batting collapse costs Bedlington dear

Bedlington bowler Craig Robinson in action during their home defeat to Alnmouth & Lesbury. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Bedlington bowler Craig Robinson in action during their home defeat to Alnmouth & Lesbury. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
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Bedlington first XI entertained Alnmouth & Lesbury on Saturday only to suffer a heavy defeat.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bowl.

Chris Younger and Michael Levison opened and made a steady start, guiding the hosts to 43 before Younger was out stumped by Tom Vickers off the bowling of former Bedlington captain Paul Straker for 28.

Skipper Sean McCafferty joined Levison and the pair quickly took the score to 87 in the 22nd over before McCafferty fell for 29 to a sharp caught and bowled by Straker.

A dramatic collapse followed and from having been on top for the first hour and a half the home side lost their last eight wickets for 26 runs to be bundled out for 113 in the 37th over.

Levison top scored with 31. Paul Straker took 5-33 on his first return to Bedlington and Cope took 3-2 to polish off the tail.

In the reply, Chris Younger bowled an excellent opening spell (2-12 off ten overs) to reduce the visitors to 20-2 accounting for Straker and Hughes.

With the score on 30 the home side had a huge caught behind appeal against Pearson turned down when again they were on top.

This seemed to change the course of the innings as after the reprieve, Pearson chanced his arm and made a quick-fire 47 before being bowled by Josh Watson.

Vickers with 30 not out and Johnny Ridley with 10 not out saw the visitors home.

Another poor batting display led to an almost inevitable defeat for the Hirst Head outfit and next week sees the team travel to Annfield Plain in search of their first win.

Bedlington 2 points

Alnmouth & Lesbury 20 points

The second team also went down at Alnmouth by seven wickets.