All-rounder Phil blasts Bamburgh to fine victory

Friendly: Bamburgh Castle (88-3) v Eglingham (82 all out)

AN incredible innings of 43 not out from just 14 balls by all-rounder Phil Grey saw Bamburgh home under the glowering Eglingham skies.

On a green and juicy wicket that offered wildly varied bounce throughout, the home side opted to bat first and, with opener Graham compiling a patient 30, they moved albeit slowly onto 41 for 1 and looked set for a challenging total until the left-arm pair of Will Jackson and Lawrence Reeves blew them away. Their 11.2 combined overs brought eight wickets for just 18 runs.

Before them Phil Grey, Neil McDonald, Jonny Roxburgh and Gavin Whitelaw had bowled beautifully with very little reward. But, bowling swing at a decent pace, Jackson started the rot by bowling Green. With the floodgates open, Lawrence Reeves sent down beautifully-flighted wrist-spin to wrap up the tail.

Jackson netted 4-14 from seven excellent overs and 15-year-old Reeves 4-5 from his 4.2 overs.

In reply, Bamburgh stuttered in the face of more good bowling from left-arm pace men and lost three wickets before passing the 30 mark but, with Nick Richardson (23no) offering excellent support, the stage was set for Grey to unleash his shots and he did so with absolute certainty hitting five massive sixes and three rocket-propelled boundaries to see his side home with 22 overs to spare.