Castle side roars as Mumbai XI defeated

Both teams line up before the start of this historic fixture in Bamburgh.
Both teams line up before the start of this historic fixture in Bamburgh.

Bamburgh Invitation XI (198-4) v MC Lions (193-7)

A Bamburgh Invitation side made up of players from Alnmouth, Stamfordham and Bamburgh entertained the touring MC Lions side from India on Friday and defeated the visitors by six wickets.

Nikunj Shah and Mohit Chaturvedi of MC Lions of Mumbai and Bamburgh captain Johnnie Roxburgh.

Nikunj Shah and Mohit Chaturvedi of MC Lions of Mumbai and Bamburgh captain Johnnie Roxburgh.

The tourists won the toss and decided to bat on a fine afternoon and were soon on the offensive, getting off to a fine start with 49 on the board before the first wicket fell in the 12th over.

The Lions made steady progress, but with the Invitation XI taking wickets at regular intervals, the innings closed on 193 for 7 off the allotted 40 overs.

Ronak Seth, with a fine 56 off 74 balls, was the star with the bat, assisted by 43 for Akash Ditta. Best bowling for the Invitation XI was Jonny Ridley with 2-22.

When the Invitation XI batted, they set upon their task with gusto and, despite losing four wickets in the process, passed the total with four overs to spare. The Alnmouth pair of Richie Neil (44) and Charles Anderson, unbeaten on 49, were the main contributors.

Best bowler for the tourists, who thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of the hosts, was Sameer Shah with 3-18 off his eight overs.

The match was kindly sponsored by The Lord Crewe in Bamburgh.

The tour was organised by Northumberland-based sports tour operator Sky High Sports.

Director Richie Gledson said: “It has been a huge privilege to manage such a high-profile and ground-breaking tour.

“The Lions are the first touring team ever from India to tour Scotland, and to have the opportunity to bring them into Northumberland has added to the honour.

“We are fortunate to work with great sports people across the world, but seeing a team from Mumbai playing against a Northumbrian host in such a setting as Bamburgh was a special moment.”

Bamburgh Castle (134) v 
Ponteland (193-8)

Bamburgh lost to a strong Ponteland side by 59 runs at the Castle Green on Sunday.

Ponteland opted to bat and included first-teamer Simon Taylor, who needed some batting time and opened the innings.

He then proceeded to make a stylish 100 before he retired in the 39th over.

He was indeed the glue which kept the Ponteland innings together in their total of 193 for 8 in their allocated 40 overs, assisted by J Dobbing, who made 28, and M Bell a patient 19.

The Bamburgh bowlers stuck to their task and five bowlers took wickets with Steve Mallinson taking 2-44.

When Bamburgh batted, they were soon in trouble at 67 -7 in the 26th over before a counter-attack led by Neil McDonald, who hit a fine 26, left the home side 59 runs short at 134 in the 40th over.

Ponteland used 10 bowlers in their pursuit of wickets with the best bowling from Simon Taylor’s father Matt, who at 65 was playing his last match for Ponteland, and took 2-16 off six overs.

A creditable performance from Bamburgh who lost to a more experienced side. The match was sponsored by Nicholson Morgan Solocitors.