Comfortable win for Bedlington over Newcastle City

Paul Rutherford's economical figures of 2-31 off 12 overs helped Bedlington to a 16-run win over Newcastle City CC. Picture by Ian Appleby
Paul Rutherford's economical figures of 2-31 off 12 overs helped Bedlington to a 16-run win over Newcastle City CC. Picture by Ian Appleby

Bedlington first team welcomed Newcastle City to Hirst Head on Saturday while the second team travelled to Consett - both sides looking to maintain their strong start to the season.

Ben Harmison and Kevin Harnett were unavailable and were replaced by Dan Younger and Derek Shepherd.

Heavy overnight rain had placed the game in doubt, but it went ahead thanks to great work from the groundsmen.

The wicket had been covered so on winning the toss home skipper Darren Leason had no hesitation in batting.

Chris Younger and Leason opened the innings and got the team off to a solid start.

The opening partnership of 54 came to an end when Leason was bowled by Sohail for 17.

Sean McCafferty and Chris Younger took the score to 81 before McCafferty fell for 16 caught at mid-on.

Chris was then joined at the crease by elder brother Dan and the pair added 38 before Dan fell for 13, caught at slip, leaving the hosts 119-3.

Craig Robinson was the next man in hoping to carry on his recent good form, but it was Chris Younger who fell next, bowled by Sohail for a fluent 78 off 92 balls with two sixes and eight fours.

Matty Tanney fell quickly caught at short leg to give Sohail figures of 5-40 from his 12 overs.

Derek Shepherd (10) and Robinson (28) pushed the score on towards the 200 mark but both fell, as did Nicky Douglas for three.

The hosts were eventually bowled out in the penultimate over, but thanks mainly to 18 from Bob Rutherford, the team finished on 200 all out,

Chris Taylor was one not out as Sam Taylor fell caught at backward square leg.

Although satisfied with the total of 200, the hosts were disappointed not to have pushed on to 230 having been in a strong position at the midway point thanks to Chris Younger’s superb knock.

Ahmed and Singh opened up for the visitors and had managed to add 41 for the opening wicket against a good opening spell from Chris Younger and Craig Robinson before Robinson trapped Singh lbw for 16.

Shafiq fell shortly after for five caught by Sean McCafferty at gully from a rising delivery by Dan Younger.

Ahmed fell for 36 caught well by Dan younger off the bowling of Bob Rutherford to leave the visitors on 64-3.

A solid partnership between Omar Ahmed and Mukhtar off 53 balls was ended when Mukhtar was stumped by Chris Taylor off the bowling of Rutherford for 26.

With the run rate creeping up to over six an over, Mohammad was run out by Leason without scoring.

Sohail was then run out by Robinson who, following up his own bowling, kicked the ball on to the stumps as the batsman failed to ground his bat.

Malik added a quick-fire 14 as Bob Rutherford claimed the catch off the bowling of Nicky Douglas.

With the run rate escalating to double figures per over Husain was well caught by Chris Younger off brother Dan’s bowling for nine in the penultimate over, then Singh fell for nought, caught by Robinson off the bowling of Douglas.

Omar Ahmed batted through for 60 not out but the visitors ended 16 runs short to give Bedlington a hard earned victory.

Bedlington 19 points

Newcastle City 9 points

Meanwhile Bedlington second team travelled to Consett and were immediately in trouble at 9-3 following the early loss of Ian Anderson, Ian Campbell and Chris Pearson.

A partnership of 75 between Connor Leason (59) including seven sixes and three fours, and Graham Watson (28) turned the momentum of the game in the visitors’ favour.

This momentum was built on by Martin Leason (57) and Bob Gibson (37) which meant the visitors reached a highly creditable 192-7 from their 40 overs.

The home side were never really in the hunt after Lee Hutchison removed the opener with the first ball of the reply.

Consett were bowled out for 86 giving Bedlington a winning margin of 109 runs.

Hutchison ended with four wickets and Mal Humble picked up two, as did Josh Watson.

This weekend sees Bedlington first team host Percy Main in a top of the table clash whilst the seconds travel to the same opposition.