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Bay Bashers
Jun 30, 2011, 4:47 pm

In slightly more arid conditions than the sides previous meeting the 1st XI defeated mid table rivals Whitley Bay by 83 runs at the Rec on Saturday.

Once again Greaves lost a toss that would have been useful to win & we were inserted on a track that looked to have a little moisture in it to no doubt help the seamers, with grey skies overhead the Rugby boys knew the opening exchanges would be crucial.

The pacey Latimer took the 1st over safely negotiated by openers Harwood & Hardy while the wiley Pearson the 2nd from the Rugby Club end immediately extracted extravagant seam movement from the dampish pitch.

Progress was slow with both openers playing & missing on regular occasions while Harwood was dropped at 2nd slip, a regulation catch, off Pearsons bowling. With the 1st 10 safely negotiated & the scoring rate just starting to put the overs to shame Pearson managed to slip one through Hardy’s defences & bowl him for 14. Disappointment again for Hardy who once again failed to capitalise after laying the foundations for a longer innings.

Duncan Storey recalled to the 1sts was next in & out, Pearson once again drew the edge & Ben Harris, at 3rd slip, one handed over his head took a stunner to send Storey back for 1 despite not seeming to know much about it. Paul Milburn joined Harwood at the crease & the pair continued to pick up what they could seeing off the openers in the process.

The introduction of Harris & May into the attack saw the scoring rate rise as the pitch dried out & Harris in particular struggled for length however they were well backed up by the Bay fielders in the ring leaving both batsmen frustrated as solid shots yielded nothing on several occasions. After scratching around for 25, Harwood was finally dismissed, caught behind off May bringing the elder of the Tanney brothers Matty to the crease.

For a short while he & Milburn added a bit of impetus to the innings until the latter was smartly caught behind by keeper Piper off spinner Parkinson’s quicker ball. Callum replaced Paul Milburn & was bowled by Parkinson for 4 attempting the same sweep that had brought him a boundary previously & last weeks hero Lewis Tanney was soon to follow caught & bowled again by Parkinson.

The usual middle order collapse was now in full swing as Hetherington was caught behind off the returning Pearson for 1 but luckily Matty Tanney was still at the other end picking up runs where available & being particularly severe on any width offered. Skipper Greaves was in at 9 & a sensible innings from him got us over the perceived 150 Par score until he was caught by Stephenson off Pearson for 10 attempting to up the scoring rate.

The last rites of the innings were read by Parkinson who had the maturing Tanney well caught in the deep for an excellent innings best 46, then bowled Elliott in the 49th over to wrap the innings up on 164 finishing with 5 for 21 off 6.5 (Spinners wanted apply within).

At tea (which was taken this week) both sides were reasonably happy with their efforts: Whitley maybe thinking they hadn’t taken full use of the favourable bowling conditions early on while we looked at 1 point like making 180+.

Greaves & Lewis Tanney took the new ball knowing early wickets were needed or the game could easily drift away. Whitley openers Parkinson & Hymers were played sensibly looking to see off the new ball despite playing & missing on several occasions each as both bowlers regularly hit the right areas. As the frustration grew for the fielding side up popped Greaves to dismiss Parkinson for 10 with a smart caught & bowled then followed that up by snaring the dangerous Afaq, caught by Hetherington for 0.

Lewis Tanney then joined the party finally dismissing Hymers for 13 well caught by brother Matty low at point for 13 & from there Ben Harris was lbw to Greaves for 0 & Mark Harris direct hit run out by that man (Matty) Tanney again for 0.

Trev Elliott was introduced to the attack & the scoring rate ground to a halt as skipper Hawke & Pearson looked to regroup after bay had slipped from 22 for 0 to 33 for 5. Greaves starting to tire removed himself from the attack & was replaced by Wanless who despite his obligatory loosener was soon into the groove.

Pearson was next to go for 3 unluckily playing on to Wanless as his usual attacking game had been stifled by the accuracy of the bowling & Stephenson followed for 0 again bowled by Wanless. With Elliott bowling a nagging legside line & going at less than 1 an over skipper Hawke decided it was time to play some shots off Wanless & lumped the Harry Hill lookalike back over his head a couple of times until he mistimed one & Wanless himself took the return catch.

Piper & Latimer having had a look at the bowling then launched a few lusty blows of their own but it didn’t last long as Wanless bowled Piper for 12 & shortly after repeated the trick bowling number 11 May for 4, leaving the chatty Latimer unbeaten on 11 & the innings over on 81.

Wanless finished with 5 for 28 & Greaves 3 for 8 (off 11) but the pressure applied by all 4 bowlers ultimately told on the Whitley batters well backed up by some good ground fielding.

The 2nds lost in the reverse fixture, despite posting a competitive 178 for 6 in which Maddison 38, Clark 41 & Skipper Henderson 59no all contributed. Whitley led by 90 from Ord finally won by 5 wickets in the final over as youngsters Cory Milburn & Craig Jobson shared the wickets.

On Wednesday the Midweek side lost at Bedlington after being bowled out for only 71. 26 from McCafferty & 27no from Hartnett saw the Terriers home by 7 wickets in only 12.2 overs despite a couple of wickets from Ryan Pringle.

Washed Out
Jun 30, 2011, 4:44 pm

The 1sts surprisingly travelled to Stobswood on Saturday belying the weather predictions that had forecasted heavy rain for the region for most of Saturday & managed to pick up some useful bonus points to make it worth their while.

Skipper Greaves once again lost what was envisaged to be a crucial toss & unsurprisingly we were asked to bat in humid conditions with the threat of rain never far away.

Usual opener Harwood was joined by Dean Hardy & the two managed to negotiate the 1st few overs from Richard & Dan Watson with little alarm. As they established themselves at the crease the scoring rate rose with Harwood looking to hit any width through the off side while enjoying a few slices of luck along the way as he just managed to avoid the fielders on several occasions.

With the score on 78 Hardy went, well caught by keeper Black off the recently introduced Beverley for a patient 25. This brought Adamson to the crease however he failed to reach double figures before being smartly caught at Square leg for 9 off Ian Watson’s bowling, Paul Milburn (2), Matty Tanney (5) & Callum Milburn a 1st ball duck all fell to the experienced duo to pull Stobswood back in the game leaving Rugby 117 for 5.

With the innings in the balance enter the talented but enigmatic Lewis Tanney to join Harwood who continued to accumulate, while Tanney played his natural game & attacked the Stobswood bowling. Tanney’s intervention pushed the scoring rate up with boundaries now coming regularly mixed in with some aggressive running thoughts were turning to a score of near 250 with 8 overs remaining & 188 on the board.

However not to be outdone the rain that had been falling lightly for a while intensified & umpire Keenleyside took the players off the field with Harwood & Tanney unbeaten on 82 & 30 respectively.

After over 2 hours of waiting around in which bizarrely tea was not taken the captains shook hands & the match declared a draw with us picking up 9 points & Stobswood 7. At one point it seemed the rain was about to clear however there needed to be a will from both sides to get back on the pitch which their wasn’t when further bonus points would have been available to either side.

The 2nds were also rained off versus Corbridge with us struggling to 94 for 7 off 29 overs when the pitch was deemed unfit for further play!!??!!. In further news apparently there are some strange looking green things lying round the pitch at the Rec these days!!!!

On Wednesday, Old Wanless mid week juggernaut rolled on, defeating Warkworth at the Rec as 2 wickets apiece for Wanless Sr & Lewis Tanney restricted Warkworth to 107 for 4 off their 20, with Chris Younger scoring 70. Kevin ‘Why isn’t it always Wednesday’ Hetherington hit 28 & Rob Clark 34 not to see Wanless men home!

Aquatic Adventure Ends in Defeat
Jun 16, 2011, 1:34 pm

The firsts went down to Whitley Bay on Saturday in a damp affair, where yet another middle order collapse left them short of a competitive total.

After a 3 hour delay due to persistent rain a small gap in the weather allowed the covers to be removed & a reduced (25 over) game to get under way.

Once again Skipper Greaves lost the crucial toss & inevitably Rugby were asked to bat on a wicket that was just about playable but promised to give ample assistance to the bowlers provided they could find the right areas.    

Harwood opened the batting with Hardy & to their credit they were able to survive a hostile opening spell from Latimer. As the ball got damper it became easier to bat & the score began to progress until Harwood was run out for 29 by wicket keeper Piper trying to pinch a single. Hardy was soon to follow bowled by Latimer for 16 then Milburn well caught at mid wicket for only 2.

Matty Tanney was next in & he & Adamson attacked the bowling at one point 30 runs were scored off only 10 balls as boundaries became the order of the day, however just as thoughts were turning to a score of 150 plus Tanney was bowled by one that kept low from Pearson off the final ball of the over. Adamson & Spiers both picked up singles off the next over before Pearson bowled Spiers with the 1st ball of his next over & completed his hat trick by bowling Hetherington off his 1st ball to swing the innings back in Whitley’s favour.  

Clark then Tanney soon followed without contributing much leaving Adamson (40 not out) & Greaves (5 not out) to nudge the total up to a par 125 for 8.

Greaves & Spiers took the new ball & bowled well enough with a few play & misses, flashy drives & 1 dropped catch however once the ball became damp batting became reasonably comfortable. Greaves shuffled his bowlers & the skipper himself caught Hymers (29) low to his left off Milburn’s bowling.

Afaq came to the crease & played shots from the off as the rain intensified. Greaves returned to the attack & dismissed Afaq for 36 while the Rugby fielders enquired to the umpire as to whether they should still be on the field.

They were finally put out of their misery as Harris clubbed 12 to seal the win with opener Parkinson unbeaten on 42 at the other end. Both sides knew when they agreed to play the game would likely be won on the toss & while it be true the conditions during the 2nd half of the 2nd innings were to our disadvantage this shouldn’t hide the fact that the middle order collapse once again cost valuable runs that probably would have won us the game.

The 2nds game was washed out vs Clara Vale at the rec with Clara 106 for 3 of 30 overs. Wanless Sr picket up 2 wickets.  

1sts fail to sparkle!
Jun 16, 2011, 1:31 pm

The 1st XI made their 1st ever visit to Wardley on Saturday to play GEMS at the infamous Wardley Cricket Ground.

Upon arrival there was some conjecture as to whether the strip actually measured the standard 22 yards. However everyone could agree that should we win the toss then due to the condition of the track (irrespective of it’s length) bowling would be the only option.

Having lost the toss & unsurprisingly being asked to bat Harwood flicked the 1st ball of the innings for 4 before pushing the 2nd for 3 as Storey also got off the mark with little fuss. Unfortunately (for us) the wicket began to play up as expected & Storey got a lifter he could only fend to square leg & Harwood dragged on a slower ball from way outside off stump off Alam’s bowling leaving us 2 down with not many on the board. Matty Tanney making his seasonal debut & the consistent Milburn decided attack was the best form of defence but despite a couple of boundaries Milburn was soon on his way for 6 bowled off a grubber & Tanney soon follwed well caught in the deep for 14.

The Returning Dean Hardy & Michael Adamson came to the crease with the innings teetering but both were willing to knuckle down & work hard for the cause picking up what they could & progressing the score to 88 for 4 in the chase for a score of 140+ that would prove difficult given the conditions. As is the case in such conditions 1 wicket usually brings 2 & Hardy was caught off a skyer for 24 & Adamson bowled by 1 that kept low (even by his standards).

This signalled another collapse in which we were eventually dismissed for 107 with Lewis Tanney’s 10 the only resistance in the lower order. Alam ran riot for GEMS picking up 7 for 31.

GEMS unsurprisingly attacked from the start looking to hit anything not short back past the bowler. Runs came quickly so did wickets though with Greaves & Spiers opening the bowling picking up a wicket each & Milburn bowling off a long run proving a handful as the game hung in the balance.

Eventually the GEMS batsmen wrestled the initiative & despite a couple of wickets for Milburn & 3 for Greaves GEMS won by 4 wickets with Alam fittingly hitting the winning runs.

Had it not been for another middle order collapse then it was likely the forecast of 140+ would have resulted in a win.

 The 2nds at home to Bomarsund meanwhile were blown away by a Ryan Bell century who dominated Bomar’s 219 for 8. David Wanless Jr was the only wicket taker returning outstanding figures of 7 for 38 off his 10 which included a hat trick.

Despite 48 from Maddison & 47 from Fox the 2nds could only muster 178 for 9 in reply to lose by 41 runs.

After the weekends disappointments Wanless merry men carried on their winning run beating Alnmouth by 8 wickets.

Wanless Jr & Lewis Tanney took 4 wickets apiece as Alnmouth were shot out for 78 & Kevin Hetherington cracked 45 not out to seal a comfortable win.

What a week that was!
Jun 16, 2011, 1:27 pm

A good week for all 3 sides resulted in 4 wins from 4 games.

The 1st XI won their Derby match against Stobswood at the Rec by 4 wickets after skipper Dean Greaves superb opening burst of 6 for 13 aided by Lewis Tanney’s 3 for 33 had reduced Wood to 47 for 9. However last wicket pair Beverley & Patterson put on 71 for the last wicket batting well throughout several rain interruptions. The visitors were eventually dismissed for 118 with Davey Wanless Senior picking up the final wicket.

The reply started badly with Storey being dismissed for 2 & Hardy 0 both wickets falling to Richard Watson bringing together Harwood & Milburn who had batted well when the sides met previously. A cautious Harwood (who was given a life on 3) allowed Milburn to play his shots as usual & the score began to creep toward Stobswood’s total. Milburn was eventually given out lbw for 34, Patterson the bowler, off what appeared to be an inside edge having survived an earlier appeal for caught behind which produced some unsavoury moments as the Stobswood bowler made his frustrations clear.

Adamson came to the crease & played some pleasant looking shots helping move the score to within 10 of the target. Harwood now decided it was now time to end the game early, however all he succeeded in doing was end his contribution early as he was bowled by Wingfield for a gritty 29. Adamson soon followed for 22 then Tanney 1st ball both to Wingfield costing the home side 4 batting points. Rob Clarks 8 not out eventually secured the win.  

Meanwhile Matty Tanney’s heroics gave the 2nds a much needed win at Blue Flames. Chasing an imposing 214 for 6 Tanney smashed 92 inside 15 overs to put the 2nds off to flyer. They eventually won by 5 wickets in only 33.1 overs as Scott Maddison 32, Callum Milburn 34, Ian Fox & Johnny Hope (23 each) all made telling contributions.

Moving on to Wednesday & Old Wanless Midweek side were involved in a last ball thriller against Cramlington at the Rec.

The home side notched 115 for 8 off 20, Scott Maddison scored a patient 32 & Lewis Tanney a brisk 28 not out. However 37 from Billy Pullman left Cramlington needing 3 off the last ball bowled by Kevin Hetherington. The veteran held his nerve & Cramlington only managed a scrambled single ensuring a 1 run victory.

On the Thursday the 2nd XI entertained Clara Vale in the Beverley Smith Cup Quarter Final.

Despite losing Callum Milburn 1st Ball of the innings brother Corey (48) & Matty Tanney with another half century helped the home side to an impressive 166 for 7 of their 20.

A spirited reply from Clara in which Mulligan scored 40 saw them always in the hunt with the help of 29 wides, however wickets fell regularly & Tanney’s 3 for 20 off 5 left the 2nds victors by 13 runs. Chris Gray & David Wanless Jr also picked up 2 Wickets.        

Club Member Wins Senior County Honours
Jun 5, 2011, 7:25 pm

Another first for our club, Paul Milburn was selected to play for Northumberland Over 50 team. Paul was quick to point out that he was selceted for the over 50's as he was in his 50th year as he is still holding on status as being in his 40's.

His first game was 18th May Derbyshire away game played at Braisldon CC, Northumberland lost to a strong Derbyshire side which had 3 players from the first class county side who played in their younger days. Derbyshire won by 9 wickets with Northumberland posting 233 for 8 and the home side got to 234 with 4 overs left with one of the openers scoring 100 not out to see home his side after losing only 1 wicket which Paul took with a LBW. His figures were 1 for 40 off 8 overs.

25th May saw Northumberland away to Cumbria, Northumberland won the toss and elected to bowl on a damp track at Carlise CC, the home side could only muster 115 for 8. Paul took 2 wickets for 27 from 8 overs, he did not bother the scorer when he went out to bat. Northumberland made hard work of the total losing 7 wickets chasing the small score with only 3 overs to spare, with our side led home by its captain scoring 44 not out.

Mobile Cricket Covers
May 31, 2011, 7:41 am

Our club would like to thank UK Coal for their support from the Potland Burn Community Benefit Fund. We used the money to purchase much needed mobile cricket covers for our square from manufactures Stuart Cavans.

The covers have saved games already this season when we would have had to abandon them in previous seasons.

On behalf of all of our members thank you UK Coal we could not have purchased the covers without your support.


Country Files
May 24, 2011, 2:25 pm

The 1st XI visited a quaint Kirkley ground on Saturday but left empty handed as they were well beaten by an experienced Kirkley side despite racking up 226 for 9 off their 50 overs.

Skipper ‘Big’ Mick Nicholson won the toss for the home side & asked Rugby to bat on a decent looking track in bright & breezy conditions. Openers Harwood & Maddsion were soon back in the hutch dismissed by Harry Robertson leaving Duncan Storey & Paul Milburn to cautiously rebuild the innings. These two increased the scoring rate & added 89 before Storey was caught on the boundary trying to up the pace.

Spiers joined Milburn at the crease & these two continued to build until Milburn who had brought up his half century was dismissed by the slippery Walton for 67 & was soon followed by Clark for 1. After this set back Kirkley juggled their bowling & never let the scoring rate get out of hand & although the score progressed the carnage skipper Greaves would have liked to have seen in the closing overs never materialised. Adamson 16, Hetherington 24, Tanney 14 & Greaves himself 10 not out batted well but were pegged back in particular by Robertson’s 4 for 47 & Jason Ritchie’s 5 overs of spin for only 9 runs.

At tea (Thanks to the tea ladies) both teams seemed happy, Kirkley knowing a good start was needed & the Rugby Club knowing they would probably need to bowl Kirkley out to win the game, however having bowled out all of their opponents so far this season were confident they could get the job done.        

Rowe opened the innings & hit a couple of boundaries before he was well caught at 1st slip off Greaves with the score on 10. Opener Howey was yet to score & was joined by Ball who drove his 1st ball for 4 prompting a counter attack from this pair. 58 was added in no time until Trev Elliott trapped Ball lbw for 33 as he attempted another big shot.

Howey continued the carnage & was joined by the more sedate Farrelly as Greaves shuffled his bowlers in a vain attempt to stem the runs. With the score on 135 (Howey having since brought up a dominant 50) Elliott got one to bite in the pitch & a sprawling Hetherington bagged the catch to dismiss Farrelly for 30. Nicholson joined him at the crease & pummelled his 1st ball for 4 into the leg side boundary & continued unabated despite a dropped catch & a couple of close calls.

With the end in sight & any hope of victory gone Greaves introduced Storey’s off spin into the attack to try to buy the wicket that would bring an extra bonus point & a ball after Howey was dropped (for the 3rd time) Midge Adamson took a sliding catch to finally dismiss him for a classy 78 (Made all the more remarkable by the fact it was his 1st game of the season).

From their Nicholson continued his attack bringing up 50 which included 5 sixes to close the game off & was joined by Dave Douse who made it through to the close & a six wicket win in only 33.2 overs.

Despite the result the performance wasn’t at all bad with bat or ball, however Kirkley were able to flex their Premier League muscles in the batting department giving us a lesson on how to bat on small grounds but the sour point that once again catches went down (5 in total) which could/would/should have had an effect on the game.

At the Rec The 2nd XI lost to Blagdon by 7 Wickets Skipper Henderson made 25 & Wanless Jr 37 not out in a final total of 145 all out. Despite 2 wickets from Pringle. The visitors eased home with 9 balls to spare.    

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