Bedlington improve but still lose out to Tynedale

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Bedlington faced Tynedale on Saturday with a trip to Hexham, where heavy early morning rain led to a delayed start and a reduced the game to 42 overs.

Stand-in skipper Nicky Douglas, deputising for Sean McCafferty who was unavailable and was replaced by Derek Shepherd, lost the toss and was asked to bat first.

Michael Levison and Kev Harnett opened up and looked solid in taking the score to 30 before Harnett fell for nine, bowled by Dagg who took five wickets.

Shepherd and Chris Younger fell in consecutive deliveries to leave Darren Leason facing a hat-trick ball which he survived.

Levison and Leason looked to rebuild the innings with a mixture of defence and attacking strokes. The pair added 102 with Levison contributing 66 from 105 balls and Leason 55 from 78 balls.

Some middle order hitting from Craig Robinson (31 not out) enabled the visitors to reach a competitive 186-7, their highest total of the season so far.

Chris Younger opened the bowling with Ian Campbell and claimed the early wicket of Fellowes caught by Leason.

Skipper Tom Cant joined Meadows and they took the score to 78 before the latter fell to Lewis Tanney well caught by Kev Harnett behind the stumps.

Cant fell caught behind off Nicky Douglas for 30 with the score on 92 and Rainford added a quickfire 30 before Douglas bowled him with the score on 119.

Percival fell quickly to Douglas to leave the game in the balance at 123-5.

Barnes rode his luck to bat through for 44 and Josh Renton finished the game with a four and a six to give Tynedale victory by two wickets.

Stand-in skipper Douglas ended with 3-41, Chris Younger 3-29, Lewis Tanney 1-38 and Josh Watson 1-37 in a much improved display by the Hirst Head outfit.

Tynedale 18 points

Bedlington 8 points

Meanwhile the second XI - entertaining the same opposition - also tasted defeat. Batting first the home team limped to 128 all out, Chris Pearson with 27 and Lee Hutchison and Brad Purvis with 18 being the main contributors. The visitors made light work of the run chase and claimed victory in the 21st over only losing one wicket to Martin Leason. *Next week sees Bedlington first XI entertain Consett whilst the second team travel to Whickham.