Bedlington game abandoned as rain ruins day

Bedlington first XI travelled to Whickham on Saturday looking to maintain their strong league form.

But once again the weather had the final say with only 33 overs of play possible.

Ben Harmison, Matty Tanney, Steve Williams and Ian Campbell came in for Nicky Douglas, Craig Robinson, Kev Harnett and Dan Younger.

Heavy overnight rain meant that there was a delayed start to allow the square to dry out, although the pitch that had been covered was in great condition, and the match was reduced to 45 overs.

Harmison and Chris Younger opened the innings after Bedlington were asked to bat first after losing the toss and an entertaining opening partnership of 48 in seven overs followed before Younger played one pull shot too many and top edged Matt Parr and was caught by Davison at mid-wicket for 22, including one four and two sixes.

Sean McCafferty joined Harmison and the pair continued the positive momentum, adding 45 in the next 11 overs before McCafferty was caught at cover by Young off the bowling of McGregor for 25 in a knock that included four boundaries.

Skipper Darren Leason joined Harmison with the score on 93-2, but Harmison fell in the next over for a well compiled 43 including five fours and one six.

Lee Frost joined Leason and set about rebuilding the innings and gaining batting points.

The pair added 33 before Frost fell for 14, caught at long-on off the bowling of spinner Day for 14.

At 126-4, Tanney came to the crease and played a number of attacking shots to take the score quickly to 156-3 before the heavy rain came.

Tanney was unbeaten on 17 and Leason unbeaten on 30 at this point.

An early tea was taken and to the credit of Whickham they tried to dry out the wettest areas of the square before the rain set in again and the match was abandoned.

Bedlington collected eight points whilst Whickham gained seven.

With both Lintz and Percy Main also getting rained off only part way through the first innings of their games, the league table remained almost exactly the same after the game.

Next week sees the next crunch game of the season with Bedlington hosting third placed Lintz.

Kev Harnett, Nicky Douglas, Dan Younger and Craig Robinson are set to return with Ben Harmison and Sean McCafferty unavailable and Steve Williams and Ian Campbell returning to the second team who travel to Leadgate.