Mixed bag of results over bank holiday weekend

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On a double header last weekend Bamburgh had mixed fortunes, losing to border side Manderston on Sunday by two wickets but defeating Ovingham by 128 runs on Monday.

On Sunday, batting first on a tricky wicket from all the rain the day before, Bamburgh found runs hard to come by and struggled from the start.

Despite fine knocks from Tom Lakey (46) and Andrew Stewart (31), the north Northubrians finished their innings on a disappointing total of 133-9 off 40 overs.

Pick of the bowlers for the Borderers was young Duncan Simm, who finished with 3-16.

When Manderston batted, they too struggled and were 23-3 off 12 overs, until Toby Culham and Manderston’s Aussie skipper Hamish Martin turned the game.

Culham top-scored with 50 saw, helping the visitors over the victory line by two wickets in the 37th over.

Billy Wright was the seasiders’ star bowler, finishing with 3-14 off eight overs, but his efforts were in vain in a match sponsored by Northumbria Leisure.

On Bank Holiday Monday, Bamburgh’s fortunes took a turn for the better, beating Ovingham by 128 runs.

The star man was opener Josh Bailey who made his maiden century for Bamburgh with an impressive 109 not out, which included 11 fours and one six.

Bailey was ably supported by Spike Strang (49) and Tom Lakey (43) as the innings closed on 249-2 off 40 overs.

When Ovingham batted, the total seemed beyond them and despite a solid 35 from opener Peter Drake and late resistence from Ron Bowey 27 not out, they fell well short of the target, finishing on 121-5.

Bamburgh used seven bowlers but the main wicket-taker was young Ben Kelly with 2-26 in what was a fine victory.

The match was sponsored by The Castle Inn, Bamburgh.