Cramlington Cricket Club second team crowned league champions

The bails were taken, the game was over, the seemingly impossible, completed. Against all odds, Cramlington Cricket Club’s second team had won the league.

From afar it seemed a simple run out had finished of a resounding win. But this was no ordinary victory. This was a tenth straight success in division two.

For the entirety of the season it had looked as though Warenford first team were going to cruise to the title. And in September 7, Northumberland Cricket League tweeted: “Congratulations for winning Division 2, Warenford.”

Premature to acknowledge a side as champions when it was still mathematically possibly, if very unlikely, that they could be caught.

Warenford had won every game possible going back 12 weeks, except of course, a humbling defeat to the in-form Cramlington four weeks previous.

They had led from week one, until the very last when, by chance, the weather intervened and their final bout against Monkseaton was abandoned.

The five points gained gave them a healthy 30-point advantage over Cramlington, who knew nothing but a maximum point victory over Whitley Bay would steal the title.

On a horribly wet and cold Saturday, the probability of a completed match, never mind a 30-point win, seemed unlikely, and yet, they did it.

The game itself epitomised Cramlington’s entire season. 

A young side, with no egos, no individuals, no match winners but a team with bounds of talent and togetherness.

After winning the toss Whitley Bay inserted Cramlington and reaped the rewards, removing the top three quickly.

The 160 needed for maximum batting points looked a long way off, but the middle order stayed strong and fought back.

Adam Robson counter attacked with 20 before Gary Roe, 34 and Tony Kay, 25 marshalled the innings toward the 160 target.

Wickets continued to fall but late blows from the lower order ensured Cramlington finished their 40 overs on 163-9.    

Cramlington knew they had to take maximum points, the full ten wickets to level with Warenford on 476 points. 

Step up Binso Johns. A new addition this season, he took the new ball and ripped through the Whitley Bay top order, finishing with outstanding figures of 5-10 in eight overs.

David Sproat, 23, provided the only resistance from the visitors but Cramlington continued to take wickets with 13-year-old Joseph Ingram chipping in with two vital scalps.

Then there was the run out, simple in nature and yet completing a remarkable 112-run victory.

Captain and club chairman Stephen Parker said: “It’s still not really sunk in. To win ten games on the bounce is pretty special going.

“I’m very proud of what we achieved as a club this year and we continue to move in the right direction.”