Dramatic finale sees Bedlington tie with Percy Main

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Bedlington Cricket Club started a new era when they made their bow in the Northumberland Tyneside Senior League on Saturday after gaining promotion from the Northumberland Cricket League.

The 1st XI begun their season away to Percy Main in a rain affected game reduced to 25 overs per side.

Bowling first, Bedlington restricted their hosts to 119-7 with James Stanistreet making 40

The wickets were shared by Craig Robinson 2-24, Dan Younger 1-15, Matty Tanney 2-19, Nicky Douglas 1-19 and Paul Rutherford 1-20.

In chasing the total, Bedlington lost wickets at regular intervals but Douglas and Rutherford played brilliantly, hitting six sixes between them.

After requiring 30 off the last three overs with the last pair at the wicket, they whittled the target down to 14 from the last over, but with the scores tied, Rutherford was caught off the last ball.

A spokesperson said afterwards: “This was a magnificent effort. The team can be proud though a little disappointed not to win, but this performance will stand them in good stead for the challenges which lie ahead.”

Meanwhile Bedlington’s second team hosted Percy Main at Hirst Head in a game reduced to 40 overs per side.

Bedlington won the toss and chose to field and bowled the opposition out for 115.

Young off spinners Josh Watson (1-20) and Cole Moscrop (3-25) were backed up by Ian Campbell (1-18), Lee Hutchinson (2-28) and ex-Ashington stalwart Steve Wiiliiams (2-15).

At 60-7, Bedlington were in trouble but a fighting 40 runs partnership between Campbell and Hutchinson brought them back into the game.

When Hutchinson was out for 16, Campbell took control along with Moscrop to see the Terriers home with an over to spare.

Campbell’s magnificent knock saw him finish unbeaten on 41.

On Saturday Bedlington face Alnwick. The first XI are at home with the seconds away.