Vikings sent packing in bumper run-fest

Bamburgh Castle (239-5) v The Vikings (197-7)


On another glorious afternoon, Bamburgh defeated the Northumberland Vikings by 39 runs on Sunday, despite a fine, unbeaten century from Gary Quinn of Blyth who made 117 off only 74 balls in a runs fest with a total of 516 runs off 70 overs.

The Vikings won the toss and asked Bamburgh to bat, whose openers Harry Lobb and Spike Strange took full advantage of wayward bowling from the Vikings and scored at a rapid pace and put on a fine opening partnership of 114 in 18 overs, before Lobb retired out for a fine 63.

Three overs later, Strange was out caught and bowled for 48 by Eric Nicholson who was seconded into the Vikings side.

This brought Lawrence Reeves in to join Tom Lakey at the crease and they carried on what the openers had been doing before both were out with the score over 200.

Reeves score of 52, Lakey 40 and a little cameo innings from 12-year-old Tom Nesbitt, who made 12 not out from 13 balls, took the final total to 239-5 off 35 overs.

Wicket-takers for The Vikings were Simon Taylor 2-49 and Eric Nicholson 1-38.

When the Vikings batted they were soon in trouble on 73 for 5 off 13 overs before Quinn decided to attack, and attack he did, smashing the ball to all parts.

The Vikings lost their seventh wicket in the 27th over with the total on 131.

Quinn was joined by Eric Nicholson and the pair added 66 in eight overs to finish on 197 for 7 off their 35 overs, 39 runs short.

Young Nesbitt finished with 3-24 to complete an excellent day for him.

Other wicket takers for Bamburgh were Will Jackson, Neil McDonald, Tom Lakey and George Shiel who each took one wicket.

Another good day for Bamburgh in a match kindly sponsored by The Mizen Hotel in Bamburgh.

Bamburgh Castle (239-5) beat The Vikings (197-7) by 42 runs.