Bates thump league leaders

BATES Cottages welcomed league leadersCorbridge to the Welfare still searching for their first Saturday win of the season.

Skipper Baston put the visitors in to bat after heavy overnight rain.

And they produced a superb display of bowling that surprised the league pace-setters and blew them away.

First Michael Telford bowled an awesome spell of seven overs for only 12 runs, snagging both openers in the process, wicketkeeper Welch assisting in the secondnd of these dismissals with a stunning diving catch.

Then Baston got in on the act, removing danger man Tris Douglas with a late in-swinging yorker that beat the batsman all ends up.

Bates’ change bowlers continued the pressure withman of the match Ross Symington and then Dennis getting wickets.

In fact none of the Corbridge batsmen really got started, and with Bates holding their chances, Symington polished off the lower order to finish with figures of 4-20 as Corbridge totalled 86.

Bates looked to be watchful from the off, however, Hardy removed both openers, Tulip without scoring and then Sample with the score on 25.

In a performance of real maturity, young batsman Andrew Doyle defied the Corbridge attack, looking to give his senior partner Symington the opportunities to score and hunt down the total.

Symington was at his imperious best, eventually finishing on 58 not out off only 41 balls.

Special mention to Doyle, whose innings of 14 not out from 64 balls is exactly what was needed in such circumstances as victory was reached comfortably off 24 overs.