Rain washes out Bomarsund’s chances of victory

Bomarsund all rounder Jonny Scope made 66 in their drawn match against Chopwell. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Bomarsund all rounder Jonny Scope made 66 in their drawn match against Chopwell. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Jonathan Scope and Captain Colin Thornton struck fifties to put Bomarsund in a strong position before rain ended proceedings during Gateshead Ethnic Minorities’ innings at the weekend.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the skipper had to steady the innings after the early departure of his fellow opener John Haig, with the score on 37-1 after ten overs.

C Thornton and Adam Purvis put on a 71-run stand for the second wicket, giving the side a platform to build off for the remainder of the innings.

Purvis and Stephen Thain both departed in the 20s, but Scope came in and steadied the innings as 52 runs were added for the fourth wicket.

The batsman struck nine boundaries and two sixes during his 63-ball 66, and C Thornton struck three fours during his innings of 50.

Zhoaib Shahid removed both batsmen and picked up another five wickets along the way as he finished with figures of 7-58 from his 11.3 overs.

Bomarsund found themselves bowled out for 243 inside 47 overs, leaving a formidable target to chase down, meaning the hosts would have to score 14 more than their highest total this season.

Scott McBride struck as he removed one of the openers, but Faizaan Ahmed made a run-a-ball 53, including nine fours and one six, before rain closed in and inevitably ended any chance of a result.

McBride finished with figures of one for 43 from his six overs, and other opening bowler Liam Besford finished wicketless for 30 from 5.1 overs.

Gateshead Ethnic Minorities 10 points

Bomarsund 10 points

The firsts will now turn their attention to next weekend as they return to Bomarsund Welfare to host mid-table Blyth in the Northumberland Cricket League Premier Division.