Park seconds lift trophy after beating Cramlington

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BLAGDON Park seconds picked up their first trophy of the season as they beat Cramlington in the Beverley Smith Cup Final.

After winning the toss, captain Andrew Bain elected to bat.

Openers John Whittaker and Matthew Senior put the pressure on opening bowler Jamie Parker early by scoring freely.

Andrew Heads at the other end bowled well, giving up just 19 in his five-over spell.

A change in the bowling led to the downfall of Whittaker as Stephen Parker bowled him for 14.

Parker, however, was now faced with an in-form Simon Howe, who took a liking to his bowling, hitting multiple boundaries and knocking the bowler out of the attack.

Howe was in menacing form, hitting six fours and two sixes as the wayward bowling got dispatched.

At the other end, Senior was going about his business in quiet fashion, reaching 40 before he was bowled by Glenn Parr.

Big hitting Iain Morrison was next to the wicket, and the first ball he saw from Parr was put into the adjacent field for a big six.

Parr got his revenge the next ball as Morrison skied one straight back to the bowler.

Andrew Bain came in to see the innings out, reaching three not out, with Howe finishing unbeaten on 63 in a total of 161, which included 44 extras.

Andy Prior opened the bowling with Senior and struck in his first over, bowling Ronan Martin (five) for a duck, before removing Dean Walker caught behind and Martin Thrumble, stumped in his five-over spell, finishing with 3-20.

Senior bowled tight at the other end, going for just 19 runs in five overs.

A Henry Blake run out of Gavin Parr for four put Blagdon in pole position.

By this point, the run rate was more than 12 per over, and the pressure was too much for the Cramlington middle order.

David Simpson removed opener Lee Bouch for 16, Heads for six and Glenn Parr for a golden duck.

A wicket apiece for Blake and Adam Clarke finished it as Blagdon picked up the silverware for the second time in their history.

Cramlington will have their chance for revenge in the Enid Farmer Cup Final to be held today (Thursday) at Kirkley Cricket Club.

Blagdon reached the final with a 13-run win over Bedlington, with Senior scoring 70.