Bedlington still first league win of the season

Bedlington Cricket Club’s first XI enter the second half of the season still looking for their first victory in the league.

Saturday saw them travel to Percy Main, who were also promoted from A2 last season.

Main, with the addition of an overseas player and another local professional, have strengthened significantly since last season and have had an excellent first half of the season.

Bedlington went into the game unchanged. Skipper Sean McCafferty lost the toss and the visitors were asked to bowl first on a used wicket that looked likely to dry out during the day.

Bedlington arguably produced their most disciplined bowling and fielding display of the season to reduce the hosts to 156-7 in the 40th over.

However, Andrew Green hit a belligerent 50 to take the hosts to 201 all out in the final over.

Lewis Tanney finished with 5-27 supported by Josh Watson 2-49, Ian Campbell 1-23, Nicky Douglas 1-30 and Chris Younger 1-55.

In reply, Bedlington were blown away by Green (5-18) and Barry Stewart (2-21) as they capitulated to 121 all out in 25 overs, losing by 80 runs.

Skipper McCafferty avoided total embarrassment for the team by contributing a superb 90 in a losing cause.

Percy Main 20 points

Bedlington 6 points

The second team hosted Newcastle City and scored 160 all out with Mal Humble (32) and Joe Carrick (28) being the main contributions.

A last wicket stand of 30 between Matty Bartlett (13 not out) and Brandon Douglas (6 not out) gave the home team hope of defending their total.

Unfortunately this did not prove to be enough as the visitors chased down their target in the 37th over for the loss of six wickets.

Lee Hutchison, Mal Humble, Connor Leason and Brandon Douglas picked up a wicket each in addition to two run outs.

Next week sees Bedlington first XI travel to Tynedale with the second XI at home to the same opposition.