Bedlington secure nine-wicket win over Morpeth

Ben Harmison made a quickfire 58 not out to steer Bedlington home inside 12 overs against local  rivals Morpeth. Picture by Ian Appleby
Ben Harmison made a quickfire 58 not out to steer Bedlington home inside 12 overs against local rivals Morpeth. Picture by Ian Appleby

Bedlington first XI visited Longhirst on Saturday and were delighted to welcome Ben Harmison and Sam Taylor back into the team with Dan Younger and Ian Campbell missing out.

Having won both midweek League Cup matches versus Morpeth and Alnwick to reach the semi-final this week against Lintz, the team arrived in good spirits and full of confidence.

On winning the toss skipper Darren Leason elected to bowl first.

Craig Robinson and Harmison opened up and bowled a fine opening spell, which put the hosts under the cosh from the first over.

Gerber fell early, caught behind by Harnett off the bowling of Robinson, and when Jones was bowled by Robinson in the 11th over the hosts were 13-2.

Worse was to follow in the next over when Harmison bowled A Lawn.

McKay and Anderson put on 17 for the fourth wicket before Paul Rutherford had the former caught by Leason for ten, and Truscott followed two runs later caught by Harmison off the same bowler.

C Lawn and Anderson put on 20 for the sixth wicket before Rutherford bowled Lawn and J Craigs followed in the next over to leave Rutherford with 4-22 off ten overs.

Anderson’s vigil of 24 from 93 deliveries came to an end when he fell caught by Leason off the bowling of Nicky Douglas, and Evans followed soon after caught by Chris Younger, again off Douglas, to give him figures of 2-12 off four.

The last wicket stand of 14 was ended when Harmison returned to bowl Tordoff for five to give him figures of 2-3 off 8.2 overs, the hosts limping to 94 all out in the 45th over.

Harmison and Younger opened up and played a series of superb shots in a stand of 81 in 39 minutes before Younger fell for 27, caught at slip off the bowling of C Lawn from 31 balls.

Harmison carried on imperiously, reaching 58 not out from 32 balls with nine fours and one six, and along with Sean McCafferty, who ended eight not out, saw the visitors home to a nine wickets win.

Morpeth 0 points

Bedlington 20 points

During the week Bedlington first XI host Lintz in the League Cup semi-final and on Saturday the Hirst Head outfit are at home to Newcastle City in the final game of the first half of the season. Bedlington seconds completed an emphatic win over a depleted Morpeth seconds outfit.

Batting first, the Terriers amassed 303-7 with Connor Leason (62), Derek Shepherd (57), Ian Anderson (53), Josh Watson (41) and Jonny Richards (35) the top performers.

Morpeth crawled to 102-7 off their 45 overs as Bedlington toiled to bowl out the visitors to gain maximum points.

The wickets were shared between Steve Williams (2-10), Watson (2-33), Richards (2-23) and Leason (1-17).

On Saturday, the seconds are away to Consett.