Tulip century helps cement a big win for Bates Cottages second XI

BATES Cottages seconds enjoyed a big win over Monkseason thirds at the weekend.

Despite losing the wicket of Wilson in the first over, Monkseaton were forced to make regualr bowling changes as they tried to unsettle opener Robert Tulip and captain Will Gibson as both found the boundary with regularity.

Sensing a good track and a deep batting order, both batsmen were positive quickly, with Tulip hitting down the ground and Gibson cutting and pulling to good effect, hitting a flat six into the car park.

The return of opening bowler Durkin did for the Bates skipper soon after as he nicked behind to the keeper for a good innings of 39.

This brought Andrew Lamb in for a quick-fire 26.

Tulip brought up his century with another of his 14 boundaries in total, a chanceless innings until he was stumped charging down the track as Monkseaton were set 228.

In reply, Richard Kilner struck in the first over.

Lambert chipped in with the next wicket and went on to bowl ten overs straight through, bagging three wickets in the process as Monkseaton were reduced to 46-5.

Lamb’s swing proved too much for the Monkseaton middle order as he tore into the batsmen, bagging three wickets for only five runs.

Youngster Allan was left to take the final wicket in a comprehensive victory for Bates, who took the full 30 points on offer.

This sets the seconds up nicely for this weekend’s top of the table clash against DSS at Bates Welfare as victory could put them top of the league for the first time this season.