Middle order collapse costs Bedlington

Bedlington showed continued signs of improvement at Shotley Bridge on Saturday but still suffered a heavy defeat.

Kev Harnett and Lewis Tanney were unavailable and were replaced by Matty Bartlett and Matty Tanney.

On losing the toss, the visitors were asked to bat first, and Darren Leason and Michael Levison were made to fight for every run in the face of an excellent opening spell.

Leason fell lbw to Stuart Graham for seven, bringing skipper Sean McCafferty to the wicket.

Levison and McCafferty added 32 before Levison fell lbw to Durham’s Ryan Pringle for seven.

McCafferty and Younger made good progress to take the score through to 87 against the spin of Carlin and Pringle before Younger was out caught for 20 and McCafferty fell for an excellent 55 from 70 balls including six fours and two sixes, again leg before to Pringle with the score on 93-4.

But the middle order fell away with the exception of Nicky Douglas, who made an excellent 26 including five boundaries as Bedlington ended all out for 123 in the 42nd over.

With the weather closing in Shotley attacked from the first ball and raced to 33 by the fifth over when Collingwood fell for 18, superbly caught by Josh Watson off the bowling of Nicky Carr.

Milburn (41) and Greenwell (35) continued the onslaught before both fell victim to Nicky Douglas, who ended with 2-17.

This brought Durham’s Ryan Pringle to the crease and he bludgeoned 30 not out from 11 balls to bring a swift end to proceedings.

Shotley were ruthless and chased down the runs in the 15th over in just under an hour’s play to claim the maximum points victory.

Again there were signs of improvement with the top order looking to dig in and the fielding was committed, but the lack of batting depth remains a concern.

Shotley Bridge 20 points

Bedlington 2 points

Meanwhile the second team lost by four wickets to the same opposition after posting an under par 114.

Next week sees a crunch game for the first XI at home to Ponteland with a victory being vital to kick start the season and keep the team in touch with the teams at the bottom of the league.