Ponteland too strong for Bedlington

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Bedlington first XI welcomed Ponteland to Hirst Head on Saturday in a must win game with the second team playing away in the reverse fixture.

On winning the toss, home skipper Sean McCafferty inserted the opposition with the heavy cloud and green wicket making it look like a bowling day.

Waters and Ritzema got the visitors off to a flyer and only the introduction of Ian Campbell put a brake on the scoring.

Unfortunately by this time the hosts had established a lead in the game that they never relinquished.

Taylor bludgeoned 52 from 46 balls before falling lbw to Campbell. Ritzema added 30 and the overseas player Whiteley 66, despite being dropped first ball.

Penfold added 35 and Wright 20 not out which propelled the visitors to what looked an unassailable 265-9 from their 50 overs.

Virtually the only highlight of the day for Bedlington was Chris Younger’s 5-57. Lewis Tanney 2-68 and Campbell 1-26 being the other wicket takers.

Opening against a disciplined bowling attack, Darren Leason and Michael Levison took the score to 46 before Levison fell for 11.

McCafferty went first ball and in the next over Leason fell leg before for 36 sweeping to the right arm off spinner bowling around the wicket.

Nicky Douglas (17), Craig Robinson (16), Matty Tanney (15) and Younger (14) enabled the hosts to complete their innings on 134 all out and lose the game by 131 runs.

Ponteland 20 points

Bedlington 6 points

The second team also lost to the same opposition after posting 188 mainly thanks to 38 from Ian Anderson and 29 not out from Bradley Purvis.

The hosts knocked the target off with ten overs to spare and six wickets in hand.

Next week sees the league programme reaching the half way stage with Percy Main the opposition.