Toon keeper on the losing side

Bamburgh Castle (108-2) v Prudhoe (104 all out)

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On a beautifully-prepared wicket, Bamburgh entertained Prudhoe, who included Newcastle United goalkeeper Jak Alnwick in their side on Sunday.

Prudhoe won the toss and decided to bat against a much-changed Castle side.

Their openers, father and son Brian and Kevin Frazer, started aggressively and attacked from the start.

With help from a lightning-quick outfield, they made 56 before Bamburgh made the breakthrough when Brian Frazer skied a ball from Neil McDonald and was caught by Ryan Kelly for 18.

The Bamburgh bowlers then began to take the pace off the ball, and then made regular inroads into the Prudhoe batting, and despite a top score of 44 from Kevin Frazer, which included seven fours, collapsed to 104 all out in the 25th over.

Bamburgh’s wicket-takers were Ryan Kelly (3-14), Tom Lakey (3-34), Neil McDonald (3-38) and Tom Woodburn who took the last wicket with his fourth ball (1-0).

When Bamburgh batted, they lost a quick wicket in the second over before university students Rory Gibson and Spike Strange steadied the ship.

They added 38 in seven overs until Gibson mistimed a shot and was caught by Andy Porter off young Ryan Chamberlain for 21 with the total on 50.

Lawrence Reeves then joined Strange and the pair looked in no trouble and reached the target in the 20th over.

Strange was unbeaten on 40 and Reeves 25.

The pick of the bowling was the Prudhoe captain Gavin Wade who bowled four aggressive fast overs and finished with 1-17.

It was a good eight-wicket win for Bamburgh. The match was sponsored by Rory Collins, Pestforce of Belford.