Bomarsund seconds heavily beaten despite Robinson milestone

Bomarsund CC's Adam McTaggart batting in their home loss to Warenford. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Bomarsund CC's Adam McTaggart batting in their home loss to Warenford. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Bomarsund seconds suffered a 76-run defeat to league leaders Warenford as the decision to bowl first came back to haunt them at the Welfare.

Daniel Patterson struck 122 before he fell to Andy Alexander with the final ball of the innings as the visitors posted 243-3 from 40 overs.

In reply, the seconds fell considerably short, despite an unbeaten 62 by Dan Robinson as they could only manage 167-4 from their allotted overs.

After the narrow defeat to Cramlington the previous weekend, stand-in skipper Tom More elected to put the opposition in on a clear and sunny day.

The visitors made an aggressive start, scoring 30 from the first five overs.

Whilst the pairing of Alexander and Adam Gardner brought the free-flowing scoring to a halt, the openers doubled their score to 92 from over 12 to 18.

Gardner, whose day ended early due to a bad injury, broke the 95-run stand in the penultimate over before drinks.

The in-form Brian Thompson was bowled for 39 by the youngster after the ball cannoned into the middle stump after appearing to have stayed low.

The loss of his partner did not seem to have stirred Daniel Patterson, the opener brought up his 50 with a crunching drive through the covers.

Some more destructive batting in the second half of the innings saw Patterson bring up his ton with another perfectly-timed drive straight past the bowler.

However, Kevin Thompson, brother of the opener, fell two runs shy of his half century when he departed in the final over after Alexander knocked his off-stump back.

The paceman bowled, what was, a tight final over, going for only three singles, and dismissed Patterson with the final delivery.

The visitors set a colossal total of 243 after being put into bat, meaning the hosts would have to keep ahead of the rate whilst making a bright approach to the innings.

Bomar made a conservative start with openers McTaggart and Graham Patterson only managing to score 15 from the opening ten overs due to some brilliant bowling.

Patterson fell in the 12th, bowled by Graham Rodgerson.

Things got worse for the hosts when the in-form Gary Bell was caught on the boundary for 18 after looking to hit big.

Brent Mordey followed him back to the pavilion after being dismissed with the fourth ball after drinks, caught at gully after splicing the ball straight up.

McTaggart and Robinson pushed the rate along with the pair putting on a stand of 47, but the former was bowled just seven short of his 50.

After the 104-run stand was broken, the latter then pushed on and looked to be batting for the team, who needed to reach 160 for a batting point.

Robinson said: “It feels good to have reached my highest ever score, I have always really backed myself to be able to bat, but it’s always been about trying to build a foundation to build my innings on.

“When I went in I knew that there wasn’t much of a chance that we would chase the target, so it was really about getting some time out in the middle to have a long net.”

He managed to keep the bowlers at bay and with a push into the off-side, he brought up his first 50 for the side.

After the game the 17-year-old added: “I would like to be able to bowl and bat, it would be great to get three figures at some point, I just need to keep setting reasonable targets for myself.”

The hosts finished the innings 76 short of the target, finishing on 167-4, but they can take the positive of Robinson’s batting display out of the game.

Bomar seconds now face a trip to Blue Flames Sporting Club on Saturday, May 30, to play Blue Flames second team as they look to get back to winning ways.