Bomarsund beaten despite posting over 200

Liam Besford batting for Bomarsund during their home defeat against Berwick. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Liam Besford batting for Bomarsund during their home defeat against Berwick. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Bomarsund Cricket Club first team were beaten at the weekend despite posting over 200 as a century opening stand set Berwick on their way to victory at Bomarsund Welfare.

The firsts managed to post 204 as they found themselves all out inside 47 overs, with batsmen managing to get in but not converting their innings into milestones.

Stephen Thain top scored for the hosts with his knock of 39, which included six fours, and Colin Thornton (26) and Jonathan Scope (23) were also able to make starts before departing.

In reply, Berwick’s openers Nalinda Premchandra (39) and Lee Mark (118) put on a century stand which set the visitors up as they knocked off the runs inside 28 overs.

The two wickets were taken by Chris Mollon and David Seccombe, who finished with figures of 1-43 and 1-51 respectively.

The defeat leaves the firsts without a win in their opening five games, having lost four in the Northumberland Cricket League Premier Division, and they are third bottom on 26 points.

As for the seconds, they took the short trip to Sporting Club Cramlington to play their second team and were in the field first.

The hosts managed to put on 213-5 in their allotted overs, with Andy Langley (68) and opener Jonathan Marshall (66) both scoring half centuries along the way.

Dan Robinson took 2-51 in his seven overs, and Adam Gardner and David Crowe both took a wicket with the other being a run out.

In reply, Gary Bell was the only batsman that managed to make a substantial impact. He was left unbeaten on 83 as the seconds made 178-8 from their 40 overs.

The 35-run defeat leaves them sixth in the Northumberland Cricket League Division Two on 54 points having won one of their three games with two being cancelled due to the weather.

On Saturday, the first team travel to Blue Flames Sporting Club to play their first team, while the seconds entertain Warenford first team at Bomarsund Welfare.