Harmison hits 172 in big win for Bedlington

Ben Harmison's innings of 172 off 131 balls was the difference in Bedlington's big win over Cowgate CC. Picture by Ian Appleby
Ben Harmison's innings of 172 off 131 balls was the difference in Bedlington's big win over Cowgate CC. Picture by Ian Appleby

Ben Harmison struck a majestic 172 off 131 balls as Bedlington earned a 122-run win over Cowgate on Saturday.

With the second team fixture cancelled early on Saturday morning at Cowgate, all eyes were on the first XI’s Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League A2 division game at home to the same opposition.

Harmison was available due to Kent having no four-day game.

Meanwhile Chris Taylor returned from paternity leave so Kev Harnett and Chris Younger dropped out.

Bedlington won the toss and chose to bat, and with the sun shining and a large home crowd, the scene was set for the home team’s innings.

Harmison and Darren Leason opened and against some wayward bowling they put on 87 before Leason went lbw in the 16th over for 16.

Sean McCafferty and Harmison continued the positive start with some great running between the wickets.

Shortly after Harmison had brought up a superb century, but the second wicket partnership of 76 was broken when McCafferty played on for 25.

Dan Younger came and went quickly but Harmison – supported by Lee Frost – continued to score rapidly.

The pair put on 74, of which Harmison scored 63 including one memorable over that included four sixes, one of which landed in the electricity substation behind the pavilion.

Frost fell for nine, closely followed by Harmison for a magnificent 172 from 131 balls, including seven sixes and 14 fours.

The rest of the innings fell away and Bedlington were eventually all out in the last over for 268 with the Cowgate professional Singh taking 6-34.

Bedlington got the visitors innings off to the perfect start when Dan Younger bowled Mahmood in the first over for four.

Not satisfied with his batting heroics, Harmison took two wickets with his first two balls to leave the visitors reeling at 4-3.

Wickets fell fairly regularly through the innings and despite some spirited hitting lower down the order, the visitors were never really in the run chase.

The wicket of Singh, caught on the boundary off Nicky Douglas, was the final nail in the coffin.

Dan Younger claimed 3-37 bowling unchanged for ten overs, Harmison 3-23 from seven, Douglas 1-26, Rutherford 2-31 and Sam Taylor wrapped up the innings with 1-27.

Cowgate were all out for 146, giving Bedlington an emphatic 122-run win and the full 20 points.

Next week the firsts entertain Seaton Burn whilst the seconds are away to the same opposition.

Bedlington 20 points

Cowgate 7 points