Eight bowled as Bates lose their way

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A CLOUDY day at Bates Welfare saw stand-in skipper Symington lose what would prove to be a vital toss as Bedlington elected to bat first.

Under the best of the skies to be seen all day, Bedlington openers Leason and Straker got off to a fast start, easily moving to a 50 partnership without being really troubled.

A heavy shower brought a change to both the pitch and the conditions, thick cloud aiding swing bowling.

Bates change bowlers did the damage, Dennis making the breakthrough by removing Leason and then McCafferty in quick succession to leave Bedlington rocking.

Then it was Walton’s turn to get in on the act as he tore through the middle order with a great display of swing bowling, ably assisted by his change partner, both of them bowling without rest for 18 overs, taking all ten wickets in the process.

Man of the match Walton finished with 6-41 and Dennis 4-39.

Starting their reply well, Michael Fenwick looked confident in his first appearance of the season with a succession of boundaries, and despite losing Doyle, he and skipper Symington moved Bates nicely onto 31-1 and seemingly comfortable.

But Nick Carr had other ideas, with three wickets in quick succession before handing over the reins to strike partner Robinson, who was to finish with six wickets of his own.

Only Lamb put up any solid resistance, but once he fell to Robinson - despite some big hits down the order from Telford – Bates once again lost their composure under pressure and capitulated to 81 all out.

Eight batsmen were clean bowled as the basics of defending the stumps was forgotten.

Bates make the long trip to Berwick on Saturday, desperate for the win to get them off the mark for the season, and they are going to have to bat much better than in recent weeks to do it.

Bates man of the match was Matty Walton, with 6-41 from 8.5 overs.