Impressive stand helps Bamburgh secure victory

Ponteland (167-9) v Bamburgh Castle (168-2)

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A fine 152-run stand from Harry Lobb and Tom Lakey helped Bamburgh notch up a convincing eight-wicket victory against Ponteland on Sunday.

Ponteland won the toss and decided to bat. It was a decision which looked good as they attacked the Bamburgh bowling from the off.

Despite losing opener Vij for five, bowled by Neil McDonald, fellow opener Ashley Graves was joined by Australian Andy Quarrell and in four overs added 32 before Graves was bowled by seasonal debutant Alex Davies for 43 from 32 balls with the total on 54 in the 10th over.

Quarrell, who made a century at Bamburgh earlier in the season, mistimed a hook and was caught by Roxburgh off Davies for 23 with the total on 98 in the 18th over.

The bowlers began to put the brakes on and took wickets at regular intervals. The innings petered out and Ponteland ended on 167-9 off their allocated overs.

Wicket-takers for the seasiders were Davies (3-44), Andrew Wright (2-37), McDonald (1-15) and Lakey (1-19).

Bamburgh lost a wicket off the second ball but Lobb and Lakey then embarked on that stand of 152 runs in 32 overs before Lakey was finally dismissed for 53 off 71 balls with Bamburgh requiring only 15 runs for victory.

Opener Lobb carried his bat to finish on 80 not out off 129 balls. Lawrence Reeves was undefeated on nine.

The wicket-takers for Ponteland were Sam Wood with 1-27 and Pont skipper Neil Pinnock with 1-22.

A good victory from an improving Bamburgh side after a shaky start to the season.