Alnwick (182-9) v Ponteland (185-5)
Northumberland & Tyneside Senior Cricket League – Division A2
ALNWICK entertained Ponteland in the opening game of the season and were beaten by five wickets in an encounter that started in balmy conditions and ended in dark, damp weather.
A very competent sixth-wicket century partnership by Ed Common (54) and Jonathan Appleby (52) took the game away from the home side, who looked to be heading for victory with Ponteland losing the first five wickets for 81.
The home side scored 182 for nine in their 50 overs, with Michael Brewis top-scoring with 59 and other contributions from Green, Scott and O’Hara.
The Ponteland bowlers all performed well with Ealey (three for 43) and McGregor (two for 24) the pick.
Alnwick suffered two early shocks when Jamie Stanley and Jamie Guy were quickly dismissed before a stand of 84 between Brewis and Green steadied the innings but as often happens when Brewis was out, he was immediately followed by Green.
Scott and Matthewson and then Graham moved the total to 148 for seven.
A quickfire 20 by skipper O’Hara took the total to 182 for nine at the end of the home innings.
Ponteland lost professional Wayne Ritzema for eight trapped lbw by Guy to be replaced by his brother, who, with Darwood, added a further 37 before Darwood was bowled by O’Hara.
The same bowler had quick success, removing Ritzema and Ealey.
Scott, in his second over, bowled the dangerous Seymour and half the visitors’ side were out for 81.
Common and Appleby came together and they batted watchfully, defending the good balls and punishing anything that was off-line.
The weather then changed, becoming colder and wet with the result that the bowlers were now having to dry the ball after most of the deliveries.However, nothing can be taken away from the batsmen, who, apart from two chances, never looked in any difficulty and it was fitting that they both achieved unbeaten half-centuries, winning the match with six overs to spare.
Alnwick can look back on the match with some credit.
Brewis looked in form with the bat as did Scott and Green and the bowlers all performed well before the poor conditions added to the difficulty in holding the greasy ball.
Alnwick host Seaton Burn, usually their adversaries in the lower regions of the league, on Saturday when a another close match should take place.
M Brewis b McGregor 59
Stanley b Common 0
J Guy b Common 2
R Green b W Ritzema 23
AW Scott lbw b Ealey 26
P Mathewson c Ealey b McGregor 15
D Graham s Wright b Ealey 12
D Wright s Wright b Ealey 7
S O’Hara not out 20
J Bertram s Wright b Seymour 2
WD Peberdy not out 4
Bowling: C Moffat 8-1-33-0; E Common 8-0-36-2; T Seymour 12-3-31-1; J Ealey 9-0-34-3; D McGregor 8-1-24-2; W Ritzema 5-1-19-1.
W Ritzema lbw b Guy 8
M Darwood b O’Hara 16
J Ritzema c Green b O’Hara 20
T Seymour b Scott 26
J Ealey lbw b O’Hara 0
E Common not out 54
J Appleby not out 52
Bowling: D Graham 6-0-31-0; J Guy 10-2-45-1; S O’Hara 15-3-51-3; AW Scott 7-1-24-1; D Wright 5-0-22-0; J Bertram 1-0-4-0.
Ponteland won by five wickets. Alnwick six points Ponteland 19.