Old Boys no match for Castle side

FRIENDLY: Bamburgh Castle (78-2) v KSTOB (77)

Bamburgh entertained Kings School Tynemouth Old Boys on Sunday at a windswept Castle Green and won by eight wickets.

Electing to bat, the Old Boys lost their two opening batsmen with the score on two in the fourth over.

Brian Walker then joined Tom Devlin at the crease and added the only purposeful partnership in the innings, adding 42 runs in 14 overs, until Bamburgh introduced Billy Wright into the attack with instant success – he trapped Devlin lbw for 12 and in his next over caught and bowled Walker for a fine 22.

Wickets continued to fall and, apart from token resistance from Ian Black (14), the Old Boys were all out in the 35th over.

Billy Wright finished with 4-4 off his eight overs and Steve Mallinson 4-6 off his six overs.

In reply, the Old Boys, with a depleted bowling attack, struggled to keep the home side quiet and, despite taking two wickets in two overs, could not prevent Bamburgh from passing the total in the 19th over.

Johnny Roxburgh (23) and Laurence Reeves (40 not out off 43 balls) were the main contributors for the home side.

Bamburgh also entertained Benwell Hill on Wednesday and suffered a heavy loss by 82 runs.

Both matches were kindly sponsored by Nicholson and Morgan of Ponteland.