Bedlington suffer collapse and lose by one run

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Bedlington first XI suffered a one run defeat against Cowgate on Saturday in a game played at Riding Mill Cricket Club.

Nicky Carr and Jonny Richards replaced Ian Campbell and Sam Taylor.

On winning the toss Bedlington inserted the hosts on a pitch that looked ordinary at best.

The returning Carr and Craig Robinson opened the bowling.

Robinson picked up the first three wickets to fall to reduce the hosts to 39-3.

Dan Younger replaced Carr and grabbed the vital wicket of J Singh, caught behind for four.

Dan Younger and brother Chris chipped away at both ends and eventually dismissed the hosts for 105 in the 31st over.

Dan Younger ended with 4-21, Craig Robinson 3-21 and Chris Younger 3-38.

In reply Harnett (10) and Chris Younger (29) got the innings of to a steady start until both were dismissed with the score on 45.

Leason, Frost and Tanney fell quickly to reduce the visitors to 70-5.

Craig Robinson (17) and Dan younger (25) took the score to 100 before disaster struck and both were removed by Crawford in the same over.

Panic set in and remarkably Richards, Douglas and Rutherford fell to leave the visitors one run short.

Bedlington picked up six points but that is scant consolation for a game they literally threw away at the death.

On Saturday, the first XI travel to Seaton Burn and with Ben Harmison available Jonny Richards will step down to the second team.

Cowgate 20 points

Bedlington six points

Meanwhile Bedlington seconds carried on their good form with a great 15 runs win against fourth top Cowgate.

Batting first, the Terriers made a respectable 178-5 with Marty Leason making 63 and nephew, 16-year-old Connor Leason, a match-winning 37 not out.

Bedlington’s normally strong bowling attack failed to make early in-roads and it took a tremendous fielding effort to win a very tight game by 15 runs.

Three runs outs and three catches – two outstanding efforts – from Connor Leason and Jason Canovan, Lee Hutchinson (3-35) and Steve Williams, a miserly 1-10 off ten overs, the pick of the bowlers.

Special mention for wicketkeeper Marty Leason who had to bowl under great pressure and was man of the match with 0-38 from ten overs.

On Saturday Bedlington seconds are at home to Seaton Burn.