A close encounter in the sun

Action from Bamburgh's match against Vikings.
Action from Bamburgh's match against Vikings.

Bamburgh Castle (185-6) v Vikings (188-8)

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A WEEK of sunshine had baked the track into a batsman’s paradise and provided an excellent game of cricket that went right to the wire.

The home side posted a challenging target that on most days would have been enough to win but sadly they came up against a batsman at the top of his game with visiting skipper Nick Brown compiling what would be a match-winning 90.

Things started well for Bamburgh with openers Jonny Roxburgh (38) and Nick Richardson (15) putting on 43 for the first wicket but it was Spike Strangand veteran Billy Wright who gave the innnings real impetus.

Spike, playing his first game of the season on his return from University blasted his way to a brilliant unbeaten 66, including two massive sixes (one off the last ball of the innings) and with Wright extending his run of excellent form with a fine 38 they added 95 for the fourth wicket in just 15 overs.

In reply the visitors also got off to a flyer but though they struggled to contain Brown, the home bowlers chipped away to keep things interesting and might have won the game but for two lusty blows at the death by Vikings number 10 Taylor in the final over.

The pick of the attack was the wiley Wright who picked up 2 for 27 from 10 overs while Will Jackson enjoyed a return to form picking up two wickets and Roxburgh could count himself very unlucky that his excellent opening spell only garnered him one victim.