Bedlington endure another defeat

Bedlington first XI travelled to Alnmouth on Saturday at suffered an eight-wicket defeat.

Stand-in skipper Nicky Douglas was unavailable due to holidays and with youngsters Joe Carrick and Connor Leason returning to second team duty, Chris Pearson and Derek Shepherd stepped up.

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

Despite the early loss of Michael Levison, an excellent partnership of 94 between Chris Pearson (43) and Kev Harnett (60) gave the visitors a solid platform.

Younger (10) and Lewis Tanney fell before a stand of 58 between Derek Shepherd (24) and Darren Leason (33 not out) enabled the visitors to post a competitive 186-6 from their 50 overs.

In the home side’s reply, early wickets would be vital but unfortunately did not materialise as Paul Straker (61) and Russell Hughes (62) guided the hosts to 125 before both fell in relatively quick succession.

Batey (19 not out) and Anderson (33 not out) saw Alnmouth home without further damage in the 41st over.

Josh Watson took the solitary bowling wicket to fall in addition to a run out by Chris Younger.

The game saw the return of Peter Finch from Ashington after an 18-month period and he bowled well without much luck, as did Robinson, Tanney, Campbell and Younger.

Alnmouth & Lesbury 18 points

Bedlington 5 points

Meanwhile the Bedlington seconds took on Alnmouth & Lesbury seconds at Hirst Head.

Alnmouth posted 128 all out with Malcolm Humble (4), Martin Leason (2), Brad Purvis, Connor Leason, Sam Taylor and a run out taking the wickets.

An excellent opening stand of 40 between Martin Leason (70 not out) and Connor Leason (17) set the foundation for a six wickets victory sealed by Jason Canavan with a six in the penultimate over.

Next week Annfield Plain are the opposition with the firsts at Hirst Head and the second team travelling to Durham.