Castle hold all the keys


Bamburgh Castle (247-6) v  Cross Keys (119 all out)

Bamburgh entertained the touring Cross Keys side on Friday and won by 128 runs on a damp pitch.

Batting first, Bamburgh made steady progress and after 24 overs were 113-4 when the two Australians Ched Hitchcock and Mike Threlfall came to the crease and began to accelerate and added 79 runs in eight overs, before Hitchcock was out for 71 in only 43 balls.

Shortly afterwards, Threllfell also perished in the search for quick runs for 38 in 35 balls with the total on 229.

No more wickets fell for the Seasiders and they finished their innings on 247-6 in their allotted 40 overs.

When Cross Keys batted, their openers Tim Pearman and Tom Landridge made 34 before the collapse began and the London-based side were all out for 119 in 33.2 overs.

The only real resistance came from Gary Whitmore with 38 in 34 balls.

Young Max Harrison was Bamburgh’s star bowler with outstanding figures of 5-26, ably assisted with outstanding catching from the home side. All in all, a fine team performance.

On Sunday, rain caught up with the cricket again when the match against K.S.T.O.B. was  abandoned with the old boys 134-2 off 25 overs.

Bamburgh have a double header this weekend, entertaining Simonside on Sunday and The Gardners from London on Monday.