Spin twins turn game for table topping Bedlington

Bedlington batsman Daniel Younger is bowled by Stephen Davidson in their win over Whickham. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Bedlington batsman Daniel Younger is bowled by Stephen Davidson in their win over Whickham. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
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Bedlington continue to lead the A2 division of the Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League with the Wansbeck side leading the table after two wins and a tie from their opening four games.

On Saturday they welcomed Whickham to Hirst Head for the first time.

Dan Younger came in for Kevin Harnett in the only change to the last home game against Alnwick and Bedlington won the toss and elected to bat.

Some tight early bowling by Parr and King made scoring difficult but Darren Leason and Chris Younger dug in to carve out a 50 partnership.

Younger fell caught and bowled for 37 with the score on 56, and Sean McCafferty followed soon after, bowled by the same bowler for two.

Younger and Craig Robinson fell for 11 and seven respectively and Leason for a patient 71.

The team were 149-6 with ten overs remaining, and a super cameo from Matty Tanney, 37 not out from 45 balls, ensured that despite wickets falling regularly Bedlington got up to 180-9 from their allotted 50 overs.

Parr finished with 3-31 and Davison with 3-36.

Bedlington’s bowling got off to a great start when Robinson removed Armstrong for four in the first over.

However a quick fire partnership of 51 between Davison and Haveron swung the game back in Whickham’s favour.

The introduction of Nicky Douglas and Paul Rutherford in the tenth over completely changed proceedings as they bowled unchanged for 24 overs and claimed 6-37 between them, bowling with great control and variation.

The victory was sealed by two wickets in an over from ounger with Sam Taylor claiming the scalp of last man Gibbon to secure a 55-run win.

On Saturday Bedlington are away to Lintz.

Bedlington 20 points

Whickham 6 points

Bedlington seconds remain top of the B2 division after extending their unbeaten run to three matches with a crushing 207 runs victory over Ryton.

The home side won the toss and put Bedlington in to bat and after useful contributions from Martin Leason (43), Lee Frost (48) and Ian Anderson (25), the feature was a magnificent undefeated knock of 104 by Chris Pearson, which included 11 sixes.

Pearson was instrumental in a century sixth wicket partnership with Jason Canovan who ended 30 not out as the Terriers closed on 265-5 from 45 overs.

Nicky Carr and Lee Hutchinson took two early wickets each before Steve Williams mopped up the tail finishing with figures of 4-7 off six overs as Ryton were skittled for 58.

On Saturday, Bedlington seconds are at home to Leadgate.