Castle toppled by stand-in visitors

Bamburgh Castle (119-8, 35 overs) v Wolsingham (121-3, 26.5 overs)


HAVING seen their game at Bamburgh fall victim of the weather the previous weekend, Wolsingham stepped into the breach at the last minute when the scheduled opponents withdrew and the boys from County Durham certainly enjoyed their day in the sunshine.

In a game reduced to 35 overs because of the visitors’ travelling times, the home side batted first but failed to get out of second gear in the face of some excellent, accurate bowling.

Several players got a start but failed to convert their scores into meaningful ones, with Harry Lobb, Billy Wright, Jonty Sutherland and Mike Brookes all getting into the teens, albeit very slowly.

Only Robbie, the younger of the Sutherland brothers, made it into the 20s but he was left not out on 20 as the lower order perished in the search of quick late runs.

In reply, the visitors were troubled early on by the probing of Andrew Wright and he dismissed opener Hanlon quite cheaply thanks to an excellent catch in the gully by Tom Woodburn but a parternship of 63 between Dalton (34) and Watson (45 not out) went a long way to guiding them home.

The Bamburgh bowlers tried hard to take the wickets that would have halted the chase and Alex Davis and young Woodburn did make minor inroads but in truth the penetration and accuracy shown by their opponents was lacking.