Thornton stars as Bomarsund secure vital win

Bomarsund opener Colin Thornton made 82 not out as they beat Clara Vale. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Bomarsund opener Colin Thornton made 82 not out as they beat Clara Vale. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Colin Thornton starred with the bat for Bomarsund first team as they thumped bottom of the league Clara Vale for their first win of the season at the Welfare.

The hosts have had a difficult run of results from their opening seven games, losing them all seven, and they knew a win would be vital.

Opener Thornton played a crucial role in the innings and struck an unbeaten 138-ball 82, which included 12 boundaries, while Liam Besford hit a quick-fire 28 late in the innings.

This, along with a remarkable 42 extras, allowed the firsts to post 204-9 from their allotted overs, leaving Clara Vale an uphill battle.

In reply, the Vale never looked like challenging the score as they were bowled out for 123 inside 22 overs, with Shahzad Alvi (22) and Naveed Iqbal (21) the only batsmen to make starts.

Chris Mollon picked up four wickets for 64 runs from his ten overs, and first team debutant David Crowe took three important wickets for 28 from a four-over spell.

Liam Besford and Gary Modey were both in the act as they also picked up wickets as the bowlers wrapped up an excellent all-round performance with bat and ball.

Bomar’s first win of the season could not have come at a better time as they have now put a bit of breathing space between themselves and the foot of the division.

Bomarsund 30 points

Clara Vale 6 points

They now have another important game against Gateshead Ethnic Minorities, who are just one place above, on Saturday, June 13, with a cup tie away to Stobswood second team just two days prior.