Weather beaten

FRIENDLY

Bamburgh Castle 199-7 (40 overs) Humshaugh 108-3 (23 overs)

ALTHOUGH the blustery rain eventually got the better of proceedings, the few hardy souls that turned out to watch the game were treated to some entertaining batting on what in truth was a bowler-friendly wicket.

After winning the toss and electing to bat in the nicest conditions of the day, the home side were given an excellent start by Jonny Roxburgh who raced to 48 from just 46 deliveries before perishing in search of an eighth boundary which would given him a well-deserved half-century.

Middle order 24s from both George Shiel and Mike Brookes, the latter a little quicker than the Boycottesque former, laid the foundations for a late onslaught from youngster Lawrence Reeves (23 not out from 15 balls) and skipper Steve Robinson (35 not out from 18 balls) and they advanced the score by 59 runs in just 5.1 overs.

In reply, the visitors rallied from losing their first wicket without a run on the board courtesy of an excellent partnership of 78 between wicket keeper Sewell (41 not out) and all-rounder Pitman, who bagged a hard-hitting 50 at better than a run a ball.

Sadly, the weather deteriorated badly as the game built to what promised to be an exciting finish and everyone agreed to shake hands on an honourable draw in conditions more akin to February than early summer.