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Swingers Club
Jul 10, 2010, 7:49 am

The 1st team won comfortably at Monkseaton on Saturday as Dean Greaves & James Richards demolished the Monkseaton batting line up in a devastating spell of swing bowling!

Greaves with 6 for 56 & Richards 3 for 43 were on the mark from the 1st over as the dangerous Bob Zanetti was trapped lbw by Greaves without scoring. Top order wickets fell regularly after that only Kevin Elliott looked comfortable at the crease making 23 until the Monkseaton tail wagged with contributions of 17 form Kleynhans, 26 from Mcdine & 17 from Hewitt left Monkseaton all out on 104.

The Northern innings got off to a poor start as Harwood was bowled by nemesis Rankin for 0 in the 2nd over. But joined by Dean Hardy, Callum Milburn continued his recent good form to ease the ‘Rugga Boyz’ to victory in just over 20 overs. He finished on 58 not out with 8 fours & Hardy 30 not out with 3 fours to win by 9 wickets & claim all 30 points.

Elsewhere Whitley Bay caused an upset & turned our delight into ecstasy as they defeated our promotion rivals Bomarsund by 8 wickets. A reminder if one was needed for our boys to be on their toes when they visit Hillheads on Saturday.

The 2nds also defeated Monkseaton on Saturday to ease themselves further away from the B1 relegation zone. Mick ‘Bench’ Hudson scored 66 in addition to notable contributions from Adamson, Fox & Lovett as 223 for 7 was racked up. In reply Monkseaton succumbed to 176 all out with Midge Adamson taking 5 for 33 & David Wanless II 4 for 31. The 2nds travel to league leaders Bomarsund on Saturday looking to upset the champions elect!

Record Breakers
Jul 3, 2010, 7:45 am

The 1st XI posted a club record 359 for 5 at the Rec on Saturday led by Callum Milburn who smashed a superb 118 and at 17 years old became the youngest player in the clubs history to reach 3 figures!

Winning the toss and batting 1st on a hot day Milburn & Harwood put on 101 for the 1st wicket before Harwood was bowled by a Shaik and Dean Hardy caught at mid wicket shortly after. Enter Milburn Sr Paul who carried on his good form to record a scintillating 56 while Callum having reached his 50 turned up the heat on the Hebburn bowlers who were beginning to wilt. A proud moment for the Milburn household came as Callum brought up 3 figures & finally departed on 118 to rapturous applause from both sides & supporters.

This brought Kevin Hetherington to the crease & joined by Rob Clark they heaped further punishment on the Hebburn bowlers. A late Cameo by Matty Tanney after Clark was out having played a good supporting role to Hetherington’s 70 not out saw the record total which was in fact the 10th highest score in the leagues history!

After tea Chris Gray making his 1st appearance for the 1sts in 3 years took the new ball & bowled impressively, regularly going past the outside edge taking 2 wickets and was well supported by evergreens Greaves & Wanless 3 apiece, Lewis Tanney picked up the other 2 wickets to supplement his recent good form. Hebburn were shot out for 152 in 48 overs a huge win of 207 runs, which had the statisticians scrambling through the archives.

On Saturday the 1sts travel to Monkseaton looking for revenge for an early season defeat.

The 2nds had a good win at Corbridge racking up 174 for 9 with 30+ contributions from Hudson Wallace Storey & Fox. In reply Corbridge could only manage 154 all out Steve Henderson took 4 wickets David Wanless Jr 3 & Trevor Elliott 2. 

2010 - 6 a side competition
Jun 23, 2010, 9:12 pm

Sunday 20th June 2010 saw a gathering from around the area of teams of none cricketers wanting to show their cricketing abilities, 8 teams in 2 groups of 4 with the 2 group winners in the final showdown.

Group 1 saw Travellers A, Premier B, Ashington Rugby Boys and Bozze Brothers

Group 2 saw Bank Top, Linton and Woodhorn, Premier A and Travellers B

The day started at 10.30 am with some players looking like thery enjoyed their night before, this led to the organisers rejigging the playing schedule, never mind the day got off to great start with the sun shining and a crowd of over 100 at the "Rec" music, games for the little and big kids and some of the bigger kids to keep everyone entertained, hot food and drink was available all day at low prices as well.

Group 1 saw the champions from last year Choppington Travelers A win all their 3 games to make it to their second final in 2 years.

Group 2 was a lot different with the final game of their group stage saw 3 teams all with 2 wins out of 3, this led to dreaded bowl off 3 players from each of the teams Travellers B, Bank Top and Linton and Woodhorn all had 1 ball each to bowl at the stumps and you guessed it after 3 deliveries the teams were still at a stale mate 1 hit each. This then led to the final sudden death bowl off one delivery each until we have a winner, it came down to Bank Top who hit first, Linton and Woodhorn missed leaving Travellers B to step up and hit. The bowl off came down to sudden death who had the nevers of steel out of the the Travs and the Bank Top the Travs snatched it with a ball which hit middle stump, this led to a hugh cheer from the crowd along which a merry jig by the players and the fans "you would have thought they had just won the world cup"

Then onto the final the 2 Travellers teams squared up to each other to see who had the bosting rights for the year, the B team elected to bat they set a modest total of 44. The champions from last year reached this total without any major problems and without losing a wicket, with some fine boundry 4's and 6's with stroke play/slogging and yarking never mind how the ball gets their as long as it crosses the line.

Well done to the Travellers A two time champions they collected their trophy and prize money with their captain Des Greaves picking up the player of the tournement. 

Great day had by all big thank you to Ashington Rugby Club for the use of their club house, Ellington Junior Football club for the use of their nets and to our members who turned up and umpired, scored, organised the schedule of matches and the team in the kitchen serving the food and drink. P1010848 P1010849P1010850

Mixed Fortunes!
Jun 17, 2010, 9:38 pm

The 1st XI returned to winning ways on Saturday defeating Heaton Park by 7 wickets at Cochrane Park on Saturday.

Upon inspection of the wicket skipper Harwood used a bit of local knowledge to declare the sandwich shop at Four Lane Ends was the best in the area, however being none the wiser as to how the wicket would play he sought the groundsman for advice.  After returning none the wiser Harwood was last heard mumbling that he hoped to lose the toss as he strode out to the middle to inevitably win the toss, asking Heaton Park to take 1st strike.

Greaves took the 1st over which would have been a wicket maiden had it not been for a poor effort at slip by the skipper allowing the dangerous Saleemi a life on 0. After that the wicket proved to be not particularly good for bowling nor stroke play as the game meandered along without much happening for long periods, 4 of Heaton’s top 7 made 25+ without any of them making a big one, Malik top scoring with 41. It has to be said the bowling was an improvement on the previous week but energy levels in the field remained low and extras were 56.

Heaton Park finished on 210 all out with Lewis Tanney the pick of the bowlers taking 2 wickets, as did James Richards, Callum Milburn and Michael Adamson, Paul Milburn and Dean Greaves taking the other 2.

After tea Harwood and Adamson opened up however the latter was soon on his way mis-timing a drive to mid off from Malik’s bowling in only the 2nd over for 4. Dean Hardy joined Harwood and put together a 50 partnership before Hardy edged to 2nd slip for 17.

At this point the Heaton park attack lost discipline & despite the efforts of Saleemi who bowled tightly from 1 end and had Milburn lbw for 19 new batsmen Hetherington & Harwood with the help of wides were able to regularly plunder 10+ runs an over resulting in the Rugby Club cruising to victory inside 35 overs, with Harwood finishing unbeaten on 71 and Hetherington 40.

Gland Slam Saturday is next up for the ‘Rugga Boyz’ with a grudge match against in form Stobswood at the Rec while Bomar & Tillside who currently occupy the top 2 slots facing off also!  The promotion picture promises to be clearer following these games!

Meanwhile at the Rec the 2nds lost disappointingly to Kirkley, Davey Wanless snr took 5 for 7 to restrict the visitors 124 all out but despite his heroics and an opening 26 from Michael Watson the 2nds fell short being bowled out for 110 !                  

1st Team Lose Unbeaten Record
Jun 9, 2010, 8:45 pm

The 1st team's unbeaten start to the season came to an abrupt end at the rec when Monkseaton came and took maximum points. 

A moment of sportsmanship from the home skipper changed the game as visiting captain Owen Rankin was wrongly given out LBW only to be called back by Harwood.  This proved to be a costly decision as Rankin went on to make an unbeaten 87 in the visitors total of 217-7.  Dean Greaves (3-56) and James Richards (2-40) sharing 5 of the wickets to fall with Adam Peacock and Callum Milburn taking the others.

With the top 3 home batsmen back in the pavillion with the score on 39 Dean Hardy & Paul Milburn added 80 for the fourth wicket, but when Milburn was bowled on 48 by the excellent Stewart Black (5-36) the rest of the rugby club innings fell away and in the end were bowled out for 152.

6 a Side Competition
May 28, 2010, 5:58 am

Sunday 20th June 2010 see's the 3rd Annual 6 a side competition to be held at the "Rec" it is planned to start at 10:30am and finish around 7pm, this is a day when local pubs can enter a team to play against each other we have 8 teams confirmed they are;

Travellers A, Travellers B, Premier A, Premier B, Rugby Club, Booze Brothers, Linton & Woodhorn, Bank Top.

They will be in 2 groups of 4 so each team plays at least 3 games, the winner of group A plays the winner in group B in the Final, there are prizes for the winners and the player of the competition.

Only charge is for each player which is £2 for the day which goes towards the prizes.

This a is a fun day for all the family, cans lager, cider and beer will be served along with juice for the kids and hot food such as burgers, cheese burgers, hot dogs all with onions if required and chips all food and drink is at low prices.

All money raised on the day will go to the funds of the cricket club to help with ground maintenance.  Come along and have a great day.   

Junior Cricket Coaching
May 27, 2010, 6:25 am

Coaching started Friday 21st May 2010 at 6pm till 7:30pm, this will run until the end of August 2010.

Bring along the boys and girls aged between 6 and 16 years old and they will have great fun as well as learning new skills and at the same time make new friends.

Cost is only £1 per session.

Milburn Magic & Proud Peacock!
May 11, 2010, 8:33 am

The 1st team won at blustery Hebburn on Saturday making it 3 wins in a row and now sit proudly on top of the 1st league table of the season.

After winning the toss & batting the top order had to work hard to navigate themselves to 64 for 3 on a wicket where 150+ looked a good score, Adam Peacock with a patient 28 was the main contributor.  However once he perished long time nemesis Aidan Berry ripped through the middle order to leave the innings teetering on 87 for 8. 

Step forward Paul Milburn to became the hero of the innings ably supported by young Jonny(0) Richards.  Milburn finished unbeaten on 64 as he & Richards added 59 for the last wicket with some aggressive running & clever strokeplay by Milburn.  The inexperienced Richards who had been a late call up showed plenty of courage to withstand some short pitched bowling from the increasingly frustrated Hebburn attack who were now without the bowled out Berry.  Indeed the partnership had swung the balance of the game & the ‘Rugga Boyz’ now looked favourites in a game they had looked out of. 

After tea the older Richards came roaring in wind assisted to unsettle the Hebburn top order, however it was the guile of the evergreen Dean Greaves to reap the rewards.  Finding a bit of swing & varying his length he removed 4 of the top 5 to leave Hebburn struggling 4 down with barely 30 on the board. 

Adam Peacock was brought on at the expense of Richards & he struck twice with batsmen offering no shot.  Richards was then brought on for the tiring Greaves who had bowled 8 overs into the wind (despite climbing out of his sickbed to play) & took 3 wickets to wrap the innings up with another for Peacock.

3 wins in a row now for the 1sts despite not having hit the heights of the win at Bomar in the latter 2 games.  Monkseaton are up next at  the Rec on Saturday!

Meanwhile the 2nds had a good win against Bates on Saturday to consolidate their safe Mid table position.  Veterans Wanless Snr & Elliott took 3 wickets apiece as Bates failed to chase down 144.  Scott Maddsion top scored with 25, Lewis Tanney 24 & Mick ‘Bench’ Hudson 24 the other main contributors.

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