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Blyth Quadrilogy
May 24, 2011, 2:22 pm

In a quirk of the fixture list saw all 3 of our sides take on Blyth over the space of 5 days with varying results.

On Saturday the 1st XI were well beaten at the rec by their Blyth counterparts despite restricting them to only 138. Wanless senior was the pick of the bowlers taking 4 for 47 & Trev Elliott (3 for 33) was also among the wickets. An apathetic fielding display in which 2 of Blyth’s main contributors were dropped on nought was compounded by former player Wab Barakat top scoring with an agricultural 37. In total 6 catches were dropped & Blyth should have been bundled out for less than 100 on a dry pitch that was difficult to bat on.

The reply started well with a partnership of 32 between Harwood & Maddison; however Maddison’s dismissal was soon followed by Storey, Milburn then Harwood for an innings top score of 37. Surj Singh & Blyth captain Lawrence had been introduced into the attack & Lawrence in particular proceeded to rip through the Rugby lower order finishing with innings figures of 5 for 6 including a hat trick of lbws in a paltry total of only 71.

Meanwhile the 2nd XI faired slightly better in the reverse fixture but still ended up disappointed despite some impressive bowling by Chris Gray. The big seamer took 3 for 17 off his 10 but 80 from Blyth no. 3 Coterill propelled Blyth to 163 off their 40. Ryan Pringle 3 wickets & Corey Milburn 2 also bowled well.

The reply never really got going, Hudson with 20 & Tanney 28 made contributions leaving Richards, Barrass & Gray to wag the tail in a final total of 139 all out.           

Fast forward to Tuesday in the Dr Tom Barlow Cup, the 1sts amassed 92 for 8 off 20 on the same dustbowl once again struggling against a strong Blyth attack. Harwood made a brisk 16, Adamson 16 & a composed 28 not out from Stu ‘Cream Bun’ Spiers held the innings together as wickets fell regularly, Thompson 5 for 25 & Lawrence 3 for 9 were the main Blyth protagonists.

Blyth’s reply started badly with Lawrence being caught at square leg 1st ball & wickets continued to fall Greaves bowling through taking 3 for 22 & Spiers 2 for 29. With the game in the balance & big hitter Kemp at the crease a long hit to cow found Lewis Tanney but the youngster’s usual safe hands deserted him & the chance went begging. Tanney himself was brought into the attack & his 1st 3 balls went for 4 from his nemesis Kemp before the 4th struck him on the head as he bravely tried to stop another exocet from the now rampant Kemp. He bravely got up & carried on & avoided further damage to his figures & person for the rest of the over.

Milburn was bowling well from the other end off a short run & a creaking Wanless Sr was introduced at the expense of Tanney. Wanless bowled Kemp with a grubber & panic set in to the remaining Blyth batters. Wanless picked up another & 3 for Milburn who had found some demons in the pitch left Blyth all out for 84, 8 runs short. Ironically the final catch was taken by Lewis Tanney who had the last laugh after a traumatic period earlier in the game.

A tremendous battling display in the field saw us through to a home semi final against Monkseaton after another below par batting display. League results so far would suggest the competition is anyone’s to win & hopes are high it could be our year.

After Tuesday’s drama the Midweek’s won comfortably by 49 runs to ensure that honours were even between the two sides over the four games & ensure back to back wins for Old Wanless men.

Kevin Hetherington struck an unbeaten same both ways (69) & Scott Maddison & Rob Clark also contributed in good total of 132 for 1.

In reply Blyth could only manage 83 for 9, Wanless with 3 wickets & Ryan Pringle continued his good progress taking 3 also while Lewis Tanney (1) & Scott Barrass accounted for the rest.

Insurance Go Ahead
May 21, 2011, 7:29 am

The insurance company eventualy gave the go ahead, to start and repalce all the damaged ceilings, plasterwork, lights, carpets etc, following our break in. The work will hopefully start within 2 weeks, the contractor has indicated that he will start in our kitchen and tea room first, so we should be up and running in around 4 to 6 weeks time fingers crossed. 

1sts cut down (Stobs)wood!
May 13, 2011, 4:25 pm

The 1sts travelled to Stobswood on Saturday and produced a superb all round performance to defeat their local rivals (and the Weather) at the Welfare Ground on Saturday.

Skipper Dean Greaves won the toss & asked Stobswood to bat in overcast conditions with the threat of rain not far away. Key opener Ian Watson was 1st out in the 2nd over caught & bowled by Lewis Tanney who had been promoted to opening the bowling with Greaves & further rewarded his skippers bold decision by removing Dale Townsley LBW soon after.

Rookie change bowlers Wanless Sr & Elliott replaced the luckless Greaves & bowled out Tanney & really began to apply the breaks removing Dan Watson then Wingfield respectively. Stefan Townsley joined Marshall & began to take the attack to the veteran pair looking to fetch most things from off to leg until the weather intervened & an early tea was taken.

Persistent throughout the next 90 mins had the skippers considering calling it a day but a gap in the weather allowed the covers to be removed & play to recommence. Wickets fell regularly despite the conditions stifling the earlier swing allowing Wanless (3 Wickets) & Elliott (1) to complete economical spells putting the powerful Stobswood lower order under pressure.

Run Outs of Black & Townsley, who had completed a patient half century, by Harwood & Adamson (Direct Hit), a wicket for Greaves & a third for Tanney left Stobswood 142 all out & well below par on a good track.

A quick turnaround saw Harwood facing the 1st over bowled by Mick Beverley having failed to successfully navigate his 1st six on 2 occasions last season. However a single 2nd ball left partner Maddison to see out the rest of a probing over from the medium pacer.

Another single left Maddison facing Stobswood captain Richard Watson & this was as far as it went for the youngster. A short of a length delivery aimed at the hip made contact with something & following a raucous appeal Maddison was sent on his way by umpire Lockey without scoring. Dean Hardy made his way to the crease to face the Stobswood bowlers whose tails were up now & despite a couple of nice shots was on his way for 7 caught behind to leave the innings on a knife edge at 16 for 2.

Enter Mr Consistent Paul Milburn who ‘like a fine wine’ gets better with age & along with Harwood began cautiously rebuilding the innings against the guile of Beverley & Aggression of Watson. These 2 rose superbly to the challenge & as the hardness wore off the new ball & the sun came out the scoring rate began to rise.

Time was of the essence & 50 runs were needed from the final hour Harwood brought up his 50 off 54 balls with 10 fours & continued unabated as Milburn went into full attacking mode being particularly severe on anything full around off stump. Despite some comical attempts at time wasting (we would do the same given the situation) the Rugga Boyz cantered home in only 28.5 overs with 20 mins remaining. Harwood finished unbeaten on 76 which included a mighty six & Milburn 47 to once again show he is the man to remain in calm in a run chase.

A maximum points hall to leave Ash top of the league after only 2 games but if performance levels can be maintained then the focus will surely be at the top of the league this season rather than the bottom.

2nd Team hit by the weather
May 9, 2011, 8:03 pm

Our 2nd X1 was up against a strong Bedlington side on 7th may playing at our home ground the "Rec". We won the toss and elected to bat, we lost an early wicket of Micheal Watson for 0 who opened with Michael Hudson.

That fall of wicket brought in 16 year old Cory Milburn at number 3 he and Michael Hudson brought the score to 43 after 16 overs, with Michael on 9 and Cory on 23, when the rain came down, and did it come down, the boys got our mobile covers on to protect the wicket and waited for the rain to give, when this did not happen so they had a early tea and hoped for the weather to break.

After tea the rain got heavier and the 2 capatins decided to call it a day. Points shared 5 each.

Controversial Wilson Cup Tie
May 8, 2011, 7:14 am

The boys from the REC were given the toughest draw an away tie against the Premier League Champions Warkworth on 3rd May. We won the toss and elected to bat on a very good track we posted a reasonable total of 115 for 4 in our 16 overs. Rob Clark showed his class with 47 not out he was backed up by Chris Harwood and Michael Adamson.

Missing bowlers for this tie we opened up with Greaves and Wanless Jnr who bowled their 4 overs straight through, they both kept to a tidy line apart for a few wides, our change bowlers were Paul Milburn and Trevor Elliott.

Warkworth needed 16 with one over left which was bowled by Trevor Elliott, before the last over was bowled the umpire Mr Gilholm awarded Warkworth 5 penalty runs for ouselves being 2 minutes over the allotted time, this was very controversial as we had taken quite a bit of time looking for the ball in the long grass over the boundry line and then the time for a runner to come out and get ready, never to mind the 8 wickets we took in Warkworths run chase.

It all came down to 11 runs from the final over Dargue was batting he hit a 2 from the first 2 balls then a 6 from the third a dot ball for the fourth ball and then a 2 from the penulitmate ball giving the game to Warthworth, they finished with 116 for 8, but the best team on the day lost, we had some very unhappy players sitting back in the changing room after the game.

Comment from the club chairman "Yes it is disapointing however, if we compete and show this spirt for the rest of the season like we did in this tie we should have a good season. As a club we need to take the positives from this game we took the best team in all the divisions down to the second last ball of the game, and we showed them and more importantly ourselves that we can compete with the best when we set our minds to it". 

Greaves to hot for GEMS
May 8, 2011, 6:53 am

Dean Greaves proved to hot to handle for GEMS who could not get to grips with his swing, in his first game as captain he lost the toss GEMS elected to bat on a good track and could only post 115 all out. Dean bowled 12 overs and took 7 for 18 and Spears took the other 3 wickets for 30.

When we took to the field to bat we lost early wickets and could not build partnerships, Chris Harwood scored 24, Rob Clark 16 and Paul Milburn 37 not out, Lewis tanney eventually scored the winning run by pulling a short ball for 4.

1st games of 2011 season
Apr 26, 2011, 6:21 am

Our first team entertain Gateshead Enthic Minority Society (GEMS) on Saturday 30th April at the "Rec", this is a 1.00 start. This is the first time we have played this team, as they were promoted at the first time of asking last year from Division 2.

Our 2nd team entertain Cramlington, who they had a few competitive matches with last season away with a 1.30 start at Cramlington Sporting Club/Cramlington High School.

Midweek team lose 1st game
Apr 22, 2011, 8:33 am

The midweek team played Alnmouth & Lesbury in the club 1st ever fixture at their ground they set a good total of 135 for 2 and we were unable to get near the target finishing on 105 for 4 from 16 overs, great effort from a youngish team lead by old Wanless.

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