More innings in vein as seconds narrowly lose

Despite a valiant innings from captain Tom More, Bomarsund second team exited the Enid Farmer Cup at the quarter-final stage after a four-wicket defeat to Stobswood.

After being put into bat, the visitors were struggling oat 16-6, but More’s 38-ball 40 pulled the side from despair as they managed to set a target of 83.

In reply, the hosts did not find proceedings easy with Adam Gardiner, Dan Robinson and Gary Bell all taking two wickets each, but the target was chased with an over to go.

Bomarsund were looking to capitalise on a second blessing in the competition after Howick / Alnmouth and Lesbury were expelled despite winning their encounter.

The visitors found themselves two wickets down inside three overs after both openers departed with only seven on the board.

Things went from bad to worse as the next four batsmen departed as the side began to collapse with the score on 16.

More came in knowing that a captain’s innings had to be played, and he started well, timing shots to a point and got going with a crunching drive through the covers.

The captain put on a 40-run stand for the eighth wicket partnership with Darren Dryer, but the latter and the final two batsmen fell after, what was, a remarkable recovery.

Gardiner removed both openers, breaking the stubborn opening stand, after trapping them in front leg before.

Bell struck with the third legitimate ball of his first over after some tight bowling from Robinson, removing Townsley lbw for just 11.

Robinson was rewarded for his efforts in his final over with the wickets of Mollon and Henderson, both bowled, after the latter looked to go big, but missed.

Stobswood were six down, and Bomar had a glimmer of hope when Bell pulled off a superb, one-handed catch off his own bowling leaving the hosts 67-6.

But despite some brilliant efforts in the field to keep the game tight, the runs were knocked off with the final ball of the 19th over.