Bedlington unable to stop champions opening with win

Following promotions for both Bedlington teams last season, the first and second XI started their respective campaigns in the A1 and B1 divisions against Tynedale on Saturday.

The first XI welcomed the reigning champions to Hirst Head.

Over the winter Paul Rutherford and Dan Younger returned to former clubs Ashington and Cramlington. Michael Levison joined from Ashington, along with Lewis Tanney from Ashington Rugby Club and Joe Carrick from Morpeth to take over the wicketkeeping duties.

All the new signings were in the starting XI named by new skipper Sean McCafferty with Nicky Douglas stepping up to vice-captain.

Darren Leason, Kev Harnett, Chris Younger, Josh Watson, Craig Robinson and Matty Tanney completed the line-up.

The club are still striving to bring in a professional to boost the ranks this season but this has proved unsuccessful up to now.

Tynedale won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Levison and Younger made steady progress until Younger fell to Renton for 25 with the score on 47.

Skipper McCafferty joined Levison and fell for eight, caught behind off the same bowler with the score on 65.

Kev Harnett joined Levison and took the score through to 120 before Harnett fell for 26 off the bowling of Raglan.

Leason joined Levison who went on to complete his maiden 50 for the club before falling for 60.

Leason fell for 20 with the score on 150 and the middle order fell away in the last couple of overs to end on a competitive 168-9 from the allotted 50 overs.

Robinson and Younger opened the bowling, mixing some fine deliveries with too many four-balls.

Fellows was the first man out, caught by Leason off Robinson for two with the score on 19.

The introduction of Nicky Douglas brought the next breakthrough when he clean bowled Crichton for 38.

The mixture of four-balls and good balls continued through the middle of the innings as Josh Watson, Lewis and Matty Tanney all strived to make the next breakthrough.

A run out brought about by a superb stop by skipper McCaferty and completed by Douglas and Carrick meant the end of Rainford for 26.

Thomas Cant brought up a well made 50 before falling for 68, caught by Harnett off the bowling of Younger.

Raglan (22) and Dagg (6) completed the run chase in the 40th over, giving Tynedale a comfortable six-wicket win in claiming 19 points with Bedlington gaining four points.

The second team travelled to Tynedale and pulled off a comprehensive victory.

Winning the toss skipper Bob Gibson decided to bat first, Derek Shepherd (66) and Lee Frost (51) and Chris Taylor the main contributors to 236-6.

In reply Tynedale struggled to 174-9 with Nicky Carr four wickets, Brad Purvis two wickets being the main contributors.

Next week sees the firsts travel to Consett with both opening bowlers Younger and Robinson missing along with keeper Carrick, which will make the task even more difficult, whilst the second XI entertain Whickham.