Blagdon Park send Bomarsund midweek team to bottom

Bomarsund midweek XI fell to bottom of the table with their fifth defeat in six outings as Blagdon Park ran out winners by 51 runs at Blagdon Hall Estate.

The hosts played at a steady rate and managed to get 135-4 from their 20 overs as Jack Concannon took the fight to the bowlers with his knock of 57.

In reply, a 41-run stand between Andrew McDonnell (31) and Jack Henderson (10) ended a batting collapse as the visitors fell considerably short of their target, finishing on 84-7.

After losing the toss, Blagdon elected to bat on what was a humid evening.

Jonny Lillico struck in the second over of the innings leaving them one down with two on the board.

Opener Jaden Sparrow, who was making his first senior appearance for the club, bowled a fine three-over spell at the start of the game, despite going for 27.

Former Bomarsund player Concannon and Sam Eyres put on an 85-run stand which accelerated the score onto 87-1 from 11 overs, leaving them the possibility of posting a sizable total.

Tom More produced a cutter which caught out the host’s captain as he departed for 57, which included ten boundaries, ending a troublesome partnership.

Dan Robinson struck in the next over, bowling the new batsman Robbie Nash for a duck, but Eyres and Matty Senior kept scoring and moving along.

Robinson removed the former after taking a catch off his own bowling, a full-toss was smashed straight back to the spinner, who made no mistake with the catch.

McDonnell was brought on to bowl two overs at the death, and along with Sparrow, the pair went for eight and ten runs respectively from the final four overs of the innings.

In their reply, Bomar got off to a steady start with openers Andrew Matthews and Sam Thornton finding their way before the latter found Concannon at mid-on in the fifth over.

Josh Dixon, Robinson, Alex Breeze and Matthews all departed before the half-way point leaving the visitors with an uphill challenge with only 31 on the board.

McDonnell came to the crease and was off the mark with a streaky boundary down to third man, but Sparrow departed for three after he picked out Concannon.

Jacob Brotherton, who was also making his debut, was out for a duck and Henderson joined McDonnell at the crease as they looked to reduce the deficit with Bomar needing another 103 off six overs.

The pair put on a resilient stand with the latter smashing six boundaries during his knock of 31, with youngster Henderson playing some great shots on debut.

The overs were seen out and the midweek XI fell short of their target, but they can take plenty of positives out of the game with three youngsters playing well on debut.

Bomar now face a trip to Ashington Rubgy club next Wednesday as they look to get their second win of the season in the Northumberland Cricket League Midweek Division.