Bedlington beaten by the weather

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Fresh from hosting the A2 Cup final on Friday evening, Bedlington first XI travelled to Alnwick to play the beaten finalists.

With poor weather forecast it appeared little play would be possible but the match started on time.

With Dan Younger still on holiday and Nicky Douglas unavailable for the weekend, Derek Shepherd, Jonny Richards and Martin Leason moved to second team duty.

Veteran spinner Steve Williams, Kev Harnett, Chris Taylor and young Connor Leason, making his first team league debut, stepped up in a much changed side.

On winning the toss skipper Darren Leason had no hesitation in choosing to bat.

Harnett and Chris Younger opened up and soon had the scoreboard ticking over.

Younger was the more aggressive partner, scoring five boundaries in his 29 from 43 balls before he fell lbw to Bateman with the score on 45.

New man Sean McCafferty looked comfortable until he fell in exactly the same fashion for seven from 13 deliveries with the score on 55.

The in-form Craig Robinson was next man in but fell quickly, caught by Forrest off the bowling of Wright for four, and from a promising start the visitors had slipped to 65-3 when skipper Leason joined Harnett.

With Harnett continuing to look increasingly fluent, the pair took the score to 110-3 in the 29th over when the heavens opened.

Harnett remained unbeaten on 40 and Leason on 19 in what proved to be the final partnership of the game.

Although the rain relented a little just before the tea break, standing water on the square ensured that no further play was possible and the match was abandoned.

Alnwick 6 points

Bedlington 6 points

Next Saturday sees Bedlington first team host Benwell & Walbottle looking to maintain their strong league position.

Dan Younger and Nicky Douglas look set to return, leaving the team at almost full strength.

Meanwhile second top played second bottom when Bedlington second XI hosted Alnwick seconds XI at Hirst Head.

Bedlington looking to get back to winning ways after last week’s first defeat of the season were asked to bat first after losing the toss.

Openers Ian Anderson and Derek Shepherd got off to a good start in damp conditions.

However, in the tenth over, Shepherd misjudged a delivery and was caught scoring 14.

This brought Lee Frost to the crease and both he and Anderson took the Alnwick bowling to task.

The two hurried the total along to 88 before Anderson lobbed a catch to cover for 43.

Chris Pearson was next in, and with the forecasted rain looking ominous over head, the two attempted to pick up some bonus batting points before the rain came.

Bedlington had reached 116-2 after 26 overs when the heavens opened with Frost 37 not out and Pearson 14 not out.

Unfortunately due to the weather the game was abandoned without the teams returning to the field.