Bedlington beat Consett for first win of season

Bedlington first XI finally registered their first win of the season on Saturday when they beat Consett at Hirst Head.

Joe Carrick and the returning skipper Sean McCafferty replaced Derek Shepherd and Matty Tanney, who were both unavailable.

On losing the toss the hosts were asked to bat first. Kev Harnett and Michael Levison opened up and made steady progress until Levison was adjudged caught behind off the bowling of Mansoor for four with the score on 21.

Skipper McCafferty joined Harnett and the pair took the score along to 75 with an increasingly fluent partnership, but just as it looked that McCafferty (26) was about to cut loose, he fell to Hassan caught behind, the first of five wickets for the bowler.

Chris Younger came and went quickly before Harnett was well caught and bowled by Hassan for an excellent 37, which provided the backbone to the innings.

Robinson (21), Carrick (19) and Lewis Tanney provided some middle order stability which enabled the hosts to reach a par score of 172 all out in the penultimate over.

Early wickets would be vital if Bedlington were to restrict the visitors, and the return of Craig Robinson to bowling duties provided the early impetus.

His opening spell of 4-22 broke the back of the visitors’ innings to leave them struggling at 37-4.

When skipper Chapman fell, well caught by Leason off the bowling of Douglas for 29 the ball after drinks, the visitors’ resistance was broken.

Two balls later Hassan fell, this time McCafferty holding an excellent catch.

Tanney came on to mop up the tail to finish with 2-7, with Ian Campbell 1-30 and Nicky Douglas an excellent 3-17 the other wicket takers to give Bedlington a well deserved victory by 71 runs.

Next week sees the first team travel to Leadgate with renewed confidence.

Bedlington 20 points

Consett 6 points

The second XI travelled to Whickham and pulled off a victory with one over to spare.

When Whickham batted first they made 180 all out, with Lee Frost (3), Lee Hutchison (2), Connor Leason (2) and Brad Purvis (1) taking the wickets along with two run outs.

In reply the visitors chased down their target in the penultimate over with Lee Frost unbeaten on 55 and Martin Leason (38) the main contributions.

Next week the second team play Lintz at home.