Gardeners dig out victory at the Castle

Bamburgh Castle 160-7 The Gardeners 175-8

Bamburgh hosted their annual Bank Holiday fixture against The Gardeners from London who defeated the home side by 15 runs on a glorious Sunday afternoon at the Castle field.

Batting first, the Londoners were soon in trouble at 12-2 in the third over before a stand of 71 in 23 overs between opener Dave Woodhouse and Will Sutton restored The Gardeners’ composure.

Woodhouse was finally out for 22 in the 25th over before Bamburgh took another four wickets, including top-scorer Sutton for 56 in five overs to leave The Gardeners 105-7 after 30.

Despite this, the Londoners accelerated and added a further 68 runs in their last 10 overs to finish their innings on 175-8.

Kiwi Nick Cunningham finishing unbeaten on 32, Richard Alsept was the main wicket-taker with 3-42 for Bamburgh but he was ably assisted by the other five bowlers.

When Bamburgh batted, they got off to a slow start and after nine overs were only 14 without loss so they were well behind the clock and, despite good knocks from Harry Lobb with 38 and Richard Alsept with 34, they finished their innings 15 runs short of the visitors, who fielded really well.

The Gardeners used seven bowlers, with the pick of them being James Heanley with 3-28.

The match on Bank Holiday Monday at home to Simonside was called off due to rain.


The Gardeners

D Woodhouse c S Robinson b E Nicholson 22

J Lloyd b A Wright 4

R Navratil b T Lakey 0

W Sutton c J Convery b R Alsept 56

C Cunningham c S Robinson b R Alsept 2

A Offor b A Stewart 10

G Tellis b R Alsept 0

J Heanley b A Stewart 29

N Cunningha not out 32

M Aked not out 8

Extras 12

Total (8wkts) 175

Bowling: T Lakey 1-34; A Wright 1-27; G Convery 0-12; E Nicholson 1-21; R Alsept 3-42; A Stewart 2-35.

Bamburgh Castle

H Lobb c D Woodhouse b J Heanley 38

G Sheil b R Clayton 6

L Reeves b J Heanley 5

J Convery b R Clayton 5

T Lakey c C Cunningham b J Heaney 19

A Stewart c&b A Offord 12

R Alsept c J Heanley b M Aked 34

S Robinson not out 16

E Nicholson not out 1

Extras 24

Total (7wkts) 160

Bowling: R Navartil 0-7; G Tellis 0-14; N Cunningham 0-13; R Clayton 2-35; J Heanley 3-28; A Offord 1-35; M Aked 1-20.