Bedlington beat Main in top of the table clash

Nicky Douglas clears the rope during Bedlington's innings then took 3-11 as Bedlington secured a 70-run win over Percy Main. Picture by Ian Appleby
Nicky Douglas clears the rope during Bedlington's innings then took 3-11 as Bedlington secured a 70-run win over Percy Main. Picture by Ian Appleby
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Bedlington first XI scored a decisive victory on Saturday at Hirst Head when a solid all round display enabled them to defeat nearest rivals Percy Main by 70 runs.

With Dan Younger and Chris Taylor unavailable, Jonny Richards and Martin Leason came up from the second team.

On winning the toss Darren Leason had no hesitation in choosing to bat first on a warm sunny afternoon.

Darren Leason and Chris Younger opened up and attempted to be positive.

The pair brought up their third opening partnership of over 50, but shortly afterwards Younger fell lbw to Armstrong for 35 from a ball that kept a little low.

Sean McCafferty joined Darren Leason who fell caught in the gully from the bowling of Stewart for 22 to leave the hosts 66-2 in the 21st over.

Craig Robinson was next man in and progressed the score to 91 before McCafferty was caught in the covers for 14 off Stewart and Derek Shepherd fell next ball for nought, bowled to a ball that nipped back sharply from Stewart.

Matty Tanney, Martin Leason and Jonny Richards all fell cheaply but Nicky Douglas and Robinson combined to take the hosts up to a challenging target on a wicket offering plenty of assistance to the bowlers.

Robinson eventually fell for 42 with the score on 133 but with the help of Bob Rutherford (14), the ninth wicket pair took the score to 161.

Douglas perished for a vital 25 in the 45th over and with Sam Taylor one not out, the hosts were satisfied with their total of 169 all out.

Stannistreet and skipper Stewart opened up for Percy Main and the visitors were immediately in deep trouble.

Younger (2-19) removed Stewart and Crammon and Robinson (1-13) accounted for Warwick to leave the visitors in trouble at 18-3.

The villagers seemed content to try and survive and showed little ambition against a very disciplined bowling display.

Matty Tanney replaced Robinson and bowled a very tidy spell from the pavilion end.

Wickets fell regularly with Sam Taylor tying up on end and Tanney accounted for Stannistreet, Phillips and Green to finish with 3-22 from nine overs and Taylor bowled seven overs for only six runs.

Rutherford and Douglas entered the fray a little later than usual and proceeded to mop up the tail.

Rutherford accounted for top scorer Prested, stumped by Martin Leason for 28.

Douglas meanwhile took 3-11 off eight overs, accounting for Pattison, Armstrong and Walker.

The visitors were dismissed for 99 in the 46th over therefore gaining no batting points.

Next week sees Bedlington firsts travelling to Alnwick.

Bedlington 20 points

Percy Main 5 points

Meanwhile Bedlington seconds’ unbeaten record went when they went down by an 18 runs margin at Percy Main.

Losing the toss, the Terriers looked in control having the Main 89-5 after 30 overs, but some cultured hitting by Andy Beer who made 94 supported by Jenkinson (32 not out), left the visitors chasing 220 to win.

Humble 2-25 and Williams 2-19 were the pick of the bowlers.

Terriers lost two early wickets against some accurate bowling but recovered through Williams (25) and Pearson (24).

When the pair were dismissed, it was left to Ian Campbell (60) and Lee Hutchison (28) to push things on.

However, with the run rate climbing, both were out and although Mal Humble cracked a quick fire 20, the visitors were left to rue some poor bowling in the last 15 overs as they fell 18 runs short.

Next week Bedlington seconds are at home to Alnwick.