Bedlington finally clinch promotion without ball being bowled

Bedlington CC 2nd XI who were promoted as runners-up in the B2 division.
Bedlington CC 2nd XI who were promoted as runners-up in the B2 division.
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Bedlington first XI clinched promotion to the A1 division of the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League on Saturday without a ball being bowled.

The cancellation of the final day fixture against Newcastle City gave them the five points they needed to ensure they could not be caught by third placed Lintz and so ensured a second place finish.

A second successive promotion is a huge achievement for the club and in the past two seasons the team have only lost three league games.

There is little doubt that the step up to A1 is much greater than the step up this season, but the club are confident that they can stay up in their debut season in the new division.

This term has seen a number of notable performances from key individuals.

The batting has been led by Chris Younger with 398 league runs, Darren Leason with 324 and Craig Robinson (268), helped by some valuable middle order contributions.

However, the bowlers have led the way again with a number of superb displays.

Robinson added 19 wickets to his runs tally, as did Nicky Douglas. Paul Rutherford was superb all season with 34 wickets at 7.29.

Player of the season Chris Younger added 24 wickets at 11.95 to his runs in a superb all round season.

Skipper Darren Leason said: “All in all we have to be delighted with what we have achieved this season.

“In all honesty I thought a top four finish was a realistic target but we have surpassed our expectations.

“Next season will be a huge challenge but I’m confident we will surprise a few teams, especially at home where we have a successful game plan that works well for us.”

He continued: “Drainage works on the outfield are now under way and along with new covers and sightscreens should give the club a new look for the next campaign.

“Player recruitment is already under way and we will be looking to bring in at least four players and ideally a professional for next season.

“Overall we should be very proud of our achievements both on and off the field this season.

“We have won games, such as Benwell & Walbottle at home, which we had no right to win, purely down to team spirit and will to win, something we will need to carry through to next season.”

Meanwhile Bedlington seconds completed their first season in the NTSL B2 division having secured promotion the previous week.

They completed another emphatic ten wickets victory over Consett, who won the toss and batted on a damp but perfectly playable pitch.

They did, however, struggle against the off spin of youngster Josh Watson and veteran Steve Williams being bowled out for 75.

Watson claimed 3-26 off ten overs and Williams 4-15 ,whilst Connor Leason took 2-6 and Calum Easton 1-1.

The prolific Ian Anderson (46) and Marty Leason (30) comfortably saw the Terriers home.

A club spokesperson said: “For both sides to achieve promotion in their first season is a fantastic effort and the lads should feel very proud.

“The step up to the top divisions is massive so a lot of hard work lies ahead but we look forward to a new challenge with great anticipation.”