Castle win weather battle but lose match

Friendly: Bamburgh Castle (132 all out) v Vikings (186 all out)

After a supreme effort by the groundstaff to get the game on despite some atrocious weather recently, an inexperienced Castle side lost to the touring Northumberland Vikings by 54 runs at the Castle Field on Sunday.

Batting first, the Vikings made a steady start, with skipper Nick Brown and Andy Horner making 61 runs in 12 overs before Horner was bowled by Rory Gibson for 43.

After that, the Castle attack whittled their way through the Vikings’ batting to bowl them out for 186 in the 39th over, Quinn making 44, Harvey, 35, and Brown, who retired on 24, the only batsmen to make double figures.

The pick of the bowling was Johnny Roxburgh with 4-14 with the other wicket-takers Gibson 2-43, Tom Woodburn 2-13 and Ryan Kelly 1-38.

When Bamburgh batted, they were soon in trouble at 42-5 after 11 overs before Harry Lobb and skipper Steve Robinson began to dig in and added 52 more runs before Robinson was bowled for 10.

After that, the innings subsided to 132 all out, with Lobb, returning to form, top-scoring with 26.

The pick of the Vikings attack was Peter Harvey with 3-13.

It was a valiant effort by Bamburgh’s youngsters, who were only let down by poor catching although the ground fielding was outstanding.