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Friday 16th June 2017

Winning on the edge

With the selection shortages now also causing problems to the 3XI we arrived at Stocksfield with a team featuring two 3pm call-ups with one of the umpires for home games, John Kirton, making his seasonal appearance and scorer Chris Barlow handing the role over to Peter Smith.

After a very brief rain delay Ponteland had been asked to bat first and got off to a solid start with both Simon Raw and Neil Stanley into double figures before Stanley was run out for 15 and Raw after a straight six falling for a seasons best 24. James Ottaway 14 continued the scoring but the acceleration came from Alex Tilley who after his arrival at the crease was delayed by another rain shower promptly despatched his first ball for six and continued to bat aggressively for the remainder of the innings. Luke Johnson (7) and Jeff Oliver (6) contributed but it was Tilley with an unbeaten 48 that took the score to 120.

In his first game of the season after returning from University Liam Cosgrove struck in his opening over, claiming the second wicket with a catch by James Ottaway, finishing with 2-23 in his five overs and the third wicket fell to Alan Varley (1-22) with a juggled catch by Raw. With the opening bowlers finished at 48-3 with 10 overs to go Stocksfield steadily accelerated. With a lack of bowling options for the fourth bowler Luke Johnson bowled his first overs for Ponteland since the early 2000s before Neil Stanley replaced him, claiming his first wicket for the thirds with his opening delivery, well caught by Cosgrove out in the deep. With 25 needed off the last two Patterson attacked Oliver (0-42) and 13 came from his final over so it fell to Stanley (1-20) to bowl the last, and coupled with two run-outs from the deep by Cosgrove when they were going for a second run Ponteland held on for a narrow 2 run win.

So far this season the 3rds have won 4 and lost 3, the 4 wins from wins by 5 runs, 2 runs twice and 1 run with for the second time this season an unlikely end of innings bowling hero in Neil Stanley after Paul McReady in the 2 run win at Seaton Burn. Both players doubling their career wickets in the process !

Monday 29th May 2017

Spin it to win it

The Sunday team belatedly got their season underway with the always challenging trip to Prior's Park to face Kings Old Boys. Losing the toss and asked to field despite an early breakthrough by Jai Punia (1-19) Kings raced to 50-1 off the first 7 overs. A change of pace then saw Joe Boaden bowl Peter Coyne for 36 and the spin combination of Joe (2-12) and Parminder Singh combined with some excellent fielding saw only 19 off the next 16 overs with 5 wickets falling, Parminder's 3-3 off 8 his best so far for Ponteland. Pace off the ball was the key and Amir Khaliq, on his Sunday debut produced an excellent spell of leg-spin with his 7.4 overs costing just 13. Atul More with 3-19 also returning career best figures as the tight fielding prevented any easy runs and it was only numbers 9 and 11 with a few aggressive shots that lifted the score to 112 before the final wicket fell with 1.2 overs remaining. The fielding was excellent from the team, special mention for U15 keeper Nathan Fisher who kept well on a tricky spinning surface taking two catches standing up to spinners he had never kept to before.

The Ponteland innings started steadily with another debutant Rohit Saluja especially watchful until his dismissal for 10 with the score on 50 as their spinners equally dominated over the bat. Atul (44), Jack Dobbing (0) and Nathan Fisher (1) all fell to the spin but at 67 for 4 the next bowlers on put pace back on the ball and Shaun Crampton and Joe Boaden were able to add 23 in the next 3 overs to put Ponteland back on course and both finished unbeaten on 23 in a six wicket win with 7 overs to spare.

Thursday 23rd February 2017

3XI and Junior Fixtures

The 3XI and junior fixtures are now on the website available from the team pages.

Thursday 3rds, U11s, U13s, U15s

The 3XI league sees a few changes with South Northumberland, Haltwhistle and Hexham Leazes all withdrawing while Stocksfield and Seaton Burn joining leaving a Division of 10 teams. There is now also a points deduction from any team that concedes a fixture as well as full points to the other side.

Friday 20th January 2017

Indoor nets

For the second year the indoor nets are at the RGS school in Jesmond

U15s and U13s 7-8pm
Seniors 8-9pm

Please note that due to the school's term dates the 8 weeks are not consecutive. There is no session on 21st February