Lintz end Bedlington’s unbeaten run

Paul Rutherford bowling against Lintz, but the Bedlington bowlers had little to defend. Picture by Ian Appleby -
Paul Rutherford bowling against Lintz, but the Bedlington bowlers had little to defend. Picture by Ian Appleby -

A superb all round performance from Lintz brought an end to Bedlington first XI’s unbeaten league record which had lasted over a year.

The wet weather during the week and the deluge on Friday night meant the toss was always going to be vital, and when Lintz won it there was no surprise when they inserted the hosts.

With Sean McCafferty now playing football and Ben Harmison unavailable, Dan Younger and Craig Robinson returned.

The late withdrawal of Chris Taylor meant a call-up for Ian Campbell.

Kev Harnett and Chris Younger opened the batting and took the score to 16 before Harnett was lbw to Young for six.

Dan Younger’s run of poor luck continued when he got a delivery that shot along the floor from Goherty to trap him lbw without scoring.

Darren Leason joined Chris Younger and the pair took the score to 36 before Younger edged the impressive Clennell to Peary at first slip to fall for the innings top score of 27.

Lee Frost and Leason tried to dig in and took the score slowly along to 56 before they both fell in consecutive overs, Frost bowled by Lumley for seven and Leason caught off the bowling of Clennell for ten.

Robinson and Tanney fell quickly to leave Bedlington 61-7.

Nicky Douglas added a little respectability to the score with a run-a-ball 19 and remained not out as Campbell (7), Rutherford (0) and Sam Taylor (1) all fell at the other end.

The hosts ended 89 all out in the 35th over.

Young 1-18, Goherty 1-17, Lumley 3-11 supported the excellent Clennell who finished with 5-37 from 11 overs.

Early wickets would be vital if Bedlington had any chance of defending their meagre total.

Robinson produced an excellent opening spell that accounted for Lumley and Clennell to reduce the visitors to 32-2.

However, Goherty remained patient and along with Grey (15) took Lintz to within 31 runs of victory before Chris Younger had Grey caught by Douglas for 19.

Goherty (43) and McVittie (2) saw the visitors to their target without further alarm to complete a comprehensive seven wickets victory.

Next week sees a visit to Cowgate who are playing at Riding Mill for the remainder of their home games to allow drainage work to be completed at their own ground.

Bedlington one point

Lintz 20 points

Bedlington seconds continued their good form, beating Leadgate by 167 runs.

Batting first on a rain affected wicket, the Terriers made 226-6 with the in-form Ian Anderson scoring 94, Steve Williams 29 and Marty Leason 27.

Leadgate were never in the hunt as opening bowlers Lee Hutchinson and Nicky Carr proved unplayable, Hutchinson taking 4-29 and Carr 2-7.

Youngster Brad Purvis chipped in with a promising spell taking 3-5 and Jonny Richards 1-12.

Next week the second string are at home to Cowgate.