Bates still bottom after defeat the champions

BATES Cottages CC hosted last year’s league winners Warkworth at Bates Welfare on Saturday looking to register their first win of the season.

Stand-in skipper Symington won the toss and chose to field first, with Warkworth openers Dargue and Pringle watchful on a pitch that showed some uneven bounce early on.

Symington himself got the breakthrough as Pringle skewed a catch for Dennis.

This brought ex-Bates player Dan Younger to the crease, who took control of proceedings before and after the rain delay to notch up a cracking innings, which included 14 fours and a six.

The heavy downpour proceeded to give the pitch some life and the ball some swing after the restart, and Telford and Kilner chipped in with three wickets each, Telford finally removing Younger, clean bowled for 81.

Warkworth finished with 220-9 from their 50 overs, leaving Bates a tough ask under what were now friendly bowling conditions.

With only six on the board, opener Welch fell to Hall, who tore through the Bates top and middle order, taking all five wickets as Bates were reduced to 31-5.

With only skipper Symington providing any resistance, Bates were once again finding batting tough, but once he was out for 30, the home side collapsed and were all out for 111 to leave them firmly rooted to the bottom of the premier league table.

Bates will hope that results start to improve this weekend as they welcome local rivals Bedlington to Bates Welfare in what is sure to be a cracking encounter with a 1pm start.

Bates second XI moved to the top of division B2 without bowling a ball as Kirkley conceded the match to the leave the 2nd XI kicking their heels, albeit happy with the 30 points.

Their next fixture is away to Civil Service in Gosforth on Saturday, 1.30pm start.