Younger hat-trick inspires Bedlington

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Bedlington Cricket Club completed a first and second team double over Alnwick at the weekend.

Given the torrential rain on Thursday, it was credit to the groundsmen that the games were able to be played.

The firsts got their home campaign off to a good start by winning the toss and inserting the visitors.

Chris Younger and Kev Harnett replaced Ben Harmison and Dan Younger.

And Younger bowled Graham for two early on and the game, which had started fairly quietly, burst into life with a spell of four wickets in five balls from Younger, which included his first senior hat-trick to reduce the visitors to 18-5.

Alnwick were on the back foot from then on and crawled though the rest of their innings.

Andrew Scott played some nice shots, especially on the onside, but fell to Sam Taylor for 32, and veteran Michael Brewis dug in for 20 until he fell to Paul Rutherford.

The visitors struggled throughout with Rutherford claiming three for seven from his 12 overs including seven maidens, and Younger returned to take the final wicket in the 49th over to make his figures 6-37 as the visitors were dismissed for 98.

Chasing a small total on a damp wicket was always going to be challenging, but Bedlington were always ahead of the rate.

Sean McCafferty (21) and Craig Robinson (26) were the main contributions to take the team to 73-5 in the 25th over.

Derek Shepherd (13 not out) and Matty Tanney (11 not out) stood firm and finished the game off to give the home team a well deserved five-wicket win and 20 points.

The second team were away to the same opponents who unfortunately only had nine players.

The wicket was damp, slow and low, and the outfield was also very slow.

Bedlington slumped to 50-5 then 80-8, but a great partnership from Lee Frost (67 not out) and Lee Hutchison (27 not out) boosted the total up to 160-8.

Alnwick were never up with the scoring rate and ended on 100 all out with Ian Campbell picking up 4-12 late on to seal the victory.

This weekend the first XI are away to Benwell and Walbottle and the seconds are at home to the same opposition.