Bamburgh’s border raid backfires

FRIENDLY: Manderston (238-5) v Bamburgh Castle (159 all out)

Bamburgh travelled up the A1 to take on Scottish borders side Manderston on Sunday and lost to the borderer’s by 79 runs.

Batting first, Manderston set about their task with gusto.

Despite losing their first wicket with the total on 39, opener A Sim and number three batsman S Culham continued their onslaught, adding a century partnership before Culham was out, caught behind by Steve Robinson, off the bowling of debutant George Phillips for a fine 61, which included two fours and two sixes.

Sim meanwhile carried on until he was finally dismissed for a magnificent 104, which included 11 fours and two sixes, caught by Reeves off the bowling of Michael Kirkup.

The batsmen kept coming and they finished their 40 overs with an impressive total of 238 off their allotted 40 overs.

All six Bamburgh bowlers stuck to their task manfully with Kirkup taking 2-29, Richard Alsept 1-52 and Phillips 1-31, with one run out.

When Bamburgh batted, they tried their best to overhaul the total with seven of the batsmen making double figures, however, with skipper George Shiel top-scoring with 21 they lost wickets at regular intervals and fell 79 runs short on 159 in the 36th over.

Manderston used 10 bowlers with D and E Richards and J McNeil all taking two wickets each. An enjoyable day’s cricket was played in the magnificent setting of Manderston House and the Seasiders will hope to bounce back when some of their regular players return.