U13s lift the league title in some style at Ponteland

Ponteland v Alnmouth & Lesbury

Northumberland U13 A Division

ALNMOUTH and Lesbury U13s travelled to Ponteland on Sunday to play their final league match of the season.

They went with high expectations being top of the table, having been unbeaten in the league all season.

On winning the toss, the visiting captain Andy Marshall elected to bat first.

Marshall opened the batting with Edward Brunton and they got off to a steady start. After 10 overs, the visitors were 47 for no wicket and soon after that Brunton retired for 31 runs.

This brought to the crease the big-hitting Rob Burnett, who plundered a quick 19 runs until he was bowled by James Mole.

Marshall, who to this point had been playing an anchor role, decided to hit out as the innings neared closure and holed out for 27, Ahmed taking a good one-handed catch at mid-off. This left Evan Moir to see the innings to a close, being left on 18 not out as the visitors finished on 115 for four wickets.

In reply, Ponteland got off to a stuttering start when Brunton bowled their opening batsman Ben Good for a duck in the first over.

Brunton went on to take three wickets for only one run in his four overs and this together with excellent run-outs by Burnett and Alex Tait left the home side’s batting in tatters.

Moir then entered the attack and made an immediate impression by removing the home side’s top-scorer George Hunter for 13, well caught at cover by Burnett.

This left Duncan Smith and Cameron Batey to wrap up the tail-end batters between them.

Cameron Batey, the youngest of the Batey cricketing dynasty showed his older brothers how to do it by taking three wickets in only two overs.

With Ponteland all out for 34, the visitors ran out comfortable victors by 81 runs and with that took the league title.