Depleted Bedlington thumped by Leadgate

A midweek footballing injury to skipper Sean McCafferty led to a depleted Bedlington first XI making the trip to Leadgate.

And the home side were boosted by the addition of professional Omar Sharif, a former Bangladeshi test bowler.

With Chris Younger also on holiday, Chris Taylor and Nicky Carr stepped up to the first team.

Leadgate won the toss and elected to bat, and what followed was pretty much total carnage for the visitors.

Leadgate made what was comfortably a record league score for them of 365-5 from their 50 overs.

Skipper Burdon led the way with 173, ably supported by C McCabe (49) and Sharif with a quickfire 77.

The hosts’ innings included an astonishing 42 fours and 13 sixes.

Craig Robinson, Nicky Carr, Josh Watson and Nicky Douglas took a wicket each with one run out.

Sharif had impressed in his first appearance for Leadgate the previous week by taking 6-12.  He ripped through the top order on Saturday to claim 5-31.

The visitors were bundled out for 92 in the 30th over with only Darren Leason providing any resistance to be last man out for 52.

Incredibly, this meant a 273-run defeat and only two points.

Leadgate 20 points

Bedlington 2 points

Next week sees Ashington visit Hirst Head for a local derby.

Meanwhile the second XI won a superb game against Lintz.

Batting first Lintz reached 175 with Lee Frost (4), Lee Hutchison (2) and Connor Leason in the wickets (2).

The chase started well with Derek Shepherd (41) and Connor Leason (33) but stalled until Lee Hutchison (22) and Sam Taylor joined together with a last wicket partnership.

With 11 runs required from the last over, Hutchison managed to hit five consecutive twos and scrambled a single from the final ball to wrap up a memorable victory to give the hosts a boost before they travel to neighbours Ashington on Saturday.