Matthew’s ton puts Cramlington on top of the league

A FANTASTIC Matthew Dennis century put Cramlington top of the Northumberland Cricket League division two.

A cold spring afternoon was warmed up by the superb Dennis 100 as Cramlington made it two wins in as many games.

After the home side made 219-9 in 50 overs, the Civil Service fell 78 runs short in reply, eventually being bowled out for 141.

After captain Billy Pulman lost the toss, Cramlington were put into bat but openers Dennis and Matt Hammond went straight on the attack, smashing the new ball for 61 in the opening ten overs.

The away side then fought back with bowler John Colley dismissing Hammond for a brisk 46 before Pulman, Livingston and Cooper fell quickly for 14, seven, and six respectively.

However, Dennis continued the assault with partner Jonny Marshall, smashing three sixes and seven fours on his way to his maiden ton before falling in the final over for 101.

Marshall, 22 and Dennis both fell to the impressive Colley who finished with figures of 4-67 in his 12 overs.

Chasing a formidable 220 to win, the Civil Service never got going with opening bowlers Dennis and Bryan Walker giving nothing away.

The middle order battled hard for the away side, frustrating the Cramlington attack with Adam and Ward making 22 and 15.

Captain Tony Davison continued the fight back with a spirited knock but was running out of partners courtesy of Allan Livingstone and Walker’s pressure.

Finally he was dismissed, last man out for 34 bowled by Dean Walker to wrap up a 78-run victory for the hosts.

The win takes promotion chasing Cramlington top of the table on 65 points after three games, 21 clear of second place Ulgham Village with a game in hand.

With the weather being kind to Cramlington to date, 2012 looks like the perfect opportunity for the club to take advantage and seek promotion to division one.