Glenn turns the game for Cramlington

SEVENTEEN-year-old off spinner Glenn Parr produced career best figures of 4-35 to maintain Cramlington’s 100 per cent start with a win over Old Record Players (ORP).

ORP came up short in a run chase as the away side made it three consecutive wins.

In perfect conditions for batting, Cramlington were surprisingly inserted and took full advantage of the new ball and fast outfield, despite losing opener Matthew Hammond for four inside the first over.

In-form Matthew Dennis looked in excellent touch once more and found support from captain Billy Pulman as the pair put on 114 for the second wicket in quick time.

The partnership was eventually broken when Pulman went lbw one short of 50, and this seemed to spark the home side into life.

Spinner Tony Glover, full of confidence after dismissing the Cramlington captain, took out both Michael Cooper and Jonathon Marshall for 18 and a duck respectively to give him tidy figures of 3-43 from his 13 overs.

This brought vice-captain Bryan Walker to the crease and with Dennis, they continued the assault as the score headed towards 200.

Unfortunately, opener Dennis could not make it two centuries in as many weeks as Digvijay Shewale bowled him for 74.

However, Walker and new partner Adam Robson continued the attack on the flat pitch and took full advantage of some tired bowling to smash the score up to 249-5 in 50 overs with the pair both finishing not out on 46 and 31 respectively.

Chasing a formidable 250 to win, the home side got off to the worst possible start as Walker dismissed opener Jason Denniswood for a golden duck.

The target looked further away as Dennis took out Dave Edwardson for two before Walker got Colin Quigley for seven.

But star man Shewale had other intentions, hitting both Dennis and Walker out the attack with some hefty blows.

He found help in the middle order from Rory Mcelearney, Tom Mullee and Guy Finkill, who each made 15, 19 and 14 respectively.

Shewale deservedly passed 50 despite being purposely starved of the strike, and ORP captain Nigel Richardson proved a diligent partner as the home side motored passed 150 to set up an enthralling finish.

However, the introduction of spinner Parr brought immediate success, dismissing Finkill before getting the prize wicket of Shewale, bowled round his legs for 84.

Parr then expertly wrapped up the tail in fantastic style, taking the final two wickets, leaving ORP 213 all out from 47 overs.

On Saturday Cramlington take on relegated Whitley Bay.