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2010 Season News

Will Urwin's season in stats

Will Urwin won the J.W.Parker trophy for outstanding junior at the presentation evening and here is why. As highlighted back in May Will scored 300 runs in the opening month of the season and managed to maintain his scoring rate throughout and became the 14th player to score 1,000 senior runs in a single season (the 5th to pass 1,200) and is the first to achieve the milestone without scoring a century. Will is also the first 'homegrown player' since Andy Morgan in 1981 to score 'a grand' and the first Junior to do so.

He also won the batting trophy and the Players player of the Year vote on the website for the Sunday side. He set two Sunday team records, total runs in a season with 510 and fifties in a season with 5, but missed out on the record of 62 fours set by Stuart Taylor in 2005 by 5.

Congratulations to Will on his season, the achievement is even more impressive as at the start of the season he had just 110 runs for the club in 19 innings at an average of 7.8, the figures look a lot healthier now!

Year
Matches
Innings
Not Out
Runs
HS
50s
100s
Fours
Sixes
Average
1 Lloyd Anderson
2006
32
31
1
1,707
130*
12
3
186
44
56.90
2 Brett Elliott
1991
34
34
7
1,659
139*
11
2
191
12
61.44
3 Luke Stewart
1994
39
38
4
1,247
113*
4
3
113
17
36.68
4 Mike Watts
1975
54
53
4
1,237
108
5
1
???
0
25.24
5 Will Urwin
2010
44
39
5
1,211
82
8
0
135
17
35.62
6 Graham Irvin
1999
36
35
3
1,194
105
8
1
135
41
37.31
7 Graham Irvin
2001
32
31
2
1,153
136
5
3
118
49
39.76
8 Malcolm Clarke
2005
30
29
3
1,135
116
10
1
119
21
43.65
9 Vic Willis
1962
32
32
4
1,084
108*
10
1
121
21
38.71
10 Richard Dreyer
1992
25
24
5
1,070
164*
6
2
128
17
56.32
11 Brett Elliott
1990
37
32
6
1,041
127
6
2
106
5
40.04
12 Mike Watts
1974
46
43
4
1,041
116*
4
1
92
6
26.69
13 Steve Dignam
1990
37
34
5
1,037
102*
6
1
109
24
35.76
14 Andy Morgan
1981
45
44
4
1,024
128
6
1
112
13
25.60

 

Lloyd Anderson leads the way after his 2006 season when he scored 1,200 runs just in the league for the 1XI, one of just two occasions where the 1,000 has been reached for a single team and both were in the 1XI

Year
Matches
Innings
Not Out
Runs
HS
50s
100s
Fours
Sixes
Average
Lloyd Anderson 2006 21 21 1 1,200 130* 6 3 125 28 60.00
Brett Elliott 1991 20 20 4 1,060 139* 6 2 124 5 66.25

 

Thursday 25th November 2010

The 1XI and 2XI league fixtures have been published, based on the last few seasons the first weekend is probably guaranteed to be a washout as we are scheduled to play Alnwick !

Full fixtures are available on the team pages. 1XI 2011 2XI 2011

Cup draws have already been made as well and the draws have been kind to Ponteland with byes in the first round of all 3 competitions.

The 1XI will travel to Alnwick in round 2 of the league cup and await the winners of Newcastle City v Benwell Hill in the Tyneside Charity Bowl. The 2XI host Alnwick as they still await a first 'on the field' cup win in 10 seasons since changing leagues in 2002! (We did progress by concession against the same opposition in 2009).

The 3XI will face Percy Main away with the fixture to be played by 31 May

Once all the fixtures and potential cup dates are available a decision on whether to enter the Eagles in their cup will be made.

Wednesday 17th November 2010

We can announce that Wayne Ritzema is to return as club professional for the 2011 season. South Northumberland 2XI captain Tom Seymour is also joining the club in 2011.

Wednesday 20th October 2010

Presentation Evening

The first ever presentation evening was well attended at the Wheatsheaf on Friday night. With 1XI captain James Ealey on the mike the evening saw new batting and bowling trophies presented for all teams this season alongside the traditional long standing trophies with Luke Evans from Durham County Cricket Club presenting the awards.

Winners

Player of the Year votes from the website, 41 votes (40 for Eagles)

Sunday Team: Will Urwin 78.05%
Eagles: Jonny Appleby 37.50%
3XI: Robert Hall 58.54%
2XI: Andy Denyer 48.78%
1XI: Howard Wright 73.17%

Sunday Batting: Will Urwin, Sunday Bowling: Neil Pinnock
Eagles Batting: Jonny Appleby, Sunday Bowling: Roger Bell
Eagles: NEMWL Division V Runners Up
Eagles: League Performance Award - Stephen Edwards 102 v Park House
3XI Batting: Simon Raw, 3XI Bowling: Robert Hall
2XI Batting: Parag Chauhan, 2XI Bowling: Andy Denyer
1XI Batting: Stuart Taylor, 1XI Bowling: Howard Wright

Roy Storer Fielding Trophy: Richard Moller
JW Parker Junior Trophy: Will Urwin
3XI: Tom Barlow Midweek Performance: James Ottaway (57 vs Humshaugh)
2XI: Bowyer Memorial Trophy: John Gardner (60 & 5-29 vs Seaton Burn)
1XI: Lawson Rosebowl: Wayne Ritzema (180* v Ryton)

Jameson Trophy for contribution to the club: John Parker

Thanks to Craig Moffat for arranging the evening.


 

Friday 24th September 2010

League Averages

The league averages reveal several start performers for Ponteland this season. The 1XI saw Wayne Ritzema finish 4th in the A2 averages, 2nd for total runs with 875 and his 180* against Ryton was the highest score in either 1st team league. 33 players reached 300 runs, Matt Darwood finishing in 22nd and James Ealey 23rd. Howard Wright finished 3rd in the bowling averages with 41 wickets at 11.46 and 9th in wickets taken, 13 off the top bowler who bowled 110 overs more. Of the 25 players with 25 wickets or more Ed Common finished 7th in the averages with 26 @ 13.04, Craig Moffat 15th with 26 at 16.58. Craig's 7-29 against Greenside were the 3rd best figures of the season, the second best were by Layton of Backworth against Ponteland. Stuart Taylor's 6-3 was 6th. James Ealey wes fifth in the fielding with 12 catches, 3 off the winner.

 

In the 2nds top of the bill is Andy Denyer, his 29 wickets at 7.83 puts him in first place in the B2 averages (out of 19 players with 25 wickets for the season). John Gardner finishing in 9th. Also claiming a first place was Dave Waters, his 10 outfield catches making him the best fielder in B2 this year, Andy Denyer was 6th with 8 in just 11 games. John Gardner's 6-43 against Chopwell was 10th, Amrit Crawford of Cowgate recording figures of 6-0 against Backworth. Parag Chauhan finishes 4th in the batting averages with 351 (8th most runs), Will Urwin a creditable 15th in his first full season (7th in total runs).

Website Winners

Top Catcher: 1st Dave Waters 14 (34 games) 2nd Will Urwin 14 (44 games)
Top Keeper: 1st Chris Morgan 17 catches and 9 stumpings in 36 games
Most Run Outs: 1st Richard Moller 4 run outs
Duck Cup: 1st Dave Waters 6 (4 1st ballers), 2nd Chris Morgan 6 (1st baller)
Sixes: 1st Stuart Taylor 18 in 20 innings
Strike Bowler: Keith Crerar 15 of 27 at 55.56%

Sunday 12th September 2010

Hawick Hall'ed down

The season finale saw the Sunday team take on Scottish visitors Hawick & Wilton at Ponteland on their first trip to Pont. Batting first Pont started steadily with Simon Raw, on his only appearance for the side this season (his 50th appearance in total), showing his abilities to find extra cover with nearly every shot remain undiminished. Raw was the first to fall on 24 and Will Urwin, shortly after reaching 500 for the season followed for 28. Peter Nesbitt (also his 50th game) anchored the innings with 28 as well as Faisal Padikaran with 24 produced his highest score for the club since joining mid season, his six by all accounts a straight flat effort down the ground. Chris Morgan then appeared to snatch the Duck Cup away from Dave Waters only for Dave, unaware that Chris had just got a 0 took it back again 3 balls later! Ponteland's innings coming to a close on 151.

Hawick's top order in reply had no answer to the accuracy of Ponteland's opening attack, the pace of Ashley Parker and the accuracy of Robbie Hall combining to devastating effect, Hall bowling the opener in his first over and Parker repeating the effort in his second. Faisal then held on to a skier to mid-off from Parker (2-12) before Hall bowled the next two batsmen, finishing with 3-11 off his 7 overs. Only Hawick's Allan Moffat provided any real resistance as he followed up last season's century against us with 35 before being well caught by Oli Parker at square leg off Neil Pinnock (1-8). With Urwin (1-7) collecting another wicket and Dave Waters (2-8) chipping in with the last wickets of the season a comfortable victory was completed as Hawick were bowled out for just 74.

Players of the Year voting is now available for all teams

Saturday 11th September 2010

Denyer puts Percy in a spin

Ponteland 2nd XI's promotion challenge ultimately ended in vain on Saturday as despite overcoming league champions Percy Main in the final fixture of the season, rivals Benwell & Walbottle's nine wicket victory over Ryton meant the side finished an agonising two points short of second place - finishing third in the league for the second consecutive season.
 
With heavy overnight rain virtually flooding the wicket at Ponteland, a contigent of players met at the ground on Saturday morning to clear the pitch and get it playable. A delayed start time of 2.15pm was agreed and play commenced with Ponteland bowling first in a reduced contest of 28 overs.
 
With Percy Main having already wrapped up the league and with the football season started, it was an understrength side that was fielded, which meant with Ponteland at full strength, they were overwhelming favourites to win the game. And so it proved, as they bowled out the Main for just 74. Andy Denyer finished his excellent season in style claiming figures of 5-19 while Dave Waters took 3-18 as Ponteland bowled out the league champions with ease. Only Taylor (32) offered any resistance as the Main were dismissed in 25 overs.
 
In reply, Ponteland only lost one wicket as they chased down their target with ease. Paul Higginbottom was the only victim as he fell caught behind for 18 but fittingly, the two top run scorers of the season, Parag Chauhan and youngster Will Urwin, who has enjoyed an excellent season, finished off the chase as Ponteland romped home in 17 overs.
 
But with regular updates coming through from Walbottle, it was always clear that this was going to be in vain in terms of promotion. Benwell finished off Ryton comfortably and returned to B1 at the first time of asking while Ponteland will contend with another season in B2 and will give promotion a shot next season again.

Chris Morgan

2XI Team Photo

Overnight rain ends 1XI season

The season ended with a waterlogged pitch at Newcastle City with no play possible.

Sunday 5th September 2010

Moller demolishes the Bridge

The Sunday team continued their remarkable turn around in form with an emphatic 9 wicket victory over Ovingham Bridge End today. Winning the toss in a 30 over game Ponteland's opening bowlers Ross Harrington and Chris Barlow produced tidy opening spells but failed to break through. Oli Parker replaced Barlow and recovered from an erratic opening few overs and shortly after Andy Denyer (1-12) made the crucial breakthrough to dismiss Lee for 33 Parker followed up bowling Parkes for 22. Wallbank 11 was stumped off Pinnock (1-25) and Hall scored a lively 19 before being lbw to Will Urwin and the innings lost momentum with Barlow (1-20) returning to claim a wicket and Urwin, despite as a spinner bowling 3 no-balls, finished with a career best 4-16, including a second stumping for Peter Nesbitt off the final delivery as a target of 124 was posted.

Richard Moller dominated a wayward bowling attack and charged to a 33 ball fifty and retired with the score on 57. To be fair to opening partner Nesbitt he only faced 7 balls himself during the onslaught. Keith Crerar contributed a run a ball 16 before being caught and bowled by Lee. Nesbitt cruised to an unbeaten 48* just failing to hit a six to win the game and reach his fifty with Faizal Padikaran unbeaten on 4, the 9 wicket victory taking just fifteen overs.

The victory is the fifth in a row and guarantees the team a winning season, the defeat to Riding Mill had taken the team to 3 wins and 6 losses prior to the winning streak.

Saturday 4th September 2010

Stu storms Seaton defences

After the disappointment of defeat to Backworth the Ponteland 1XI were determined to make amends against Seaton Burn. With the Burn batting first Pont shrugged off the absence of regular opening bowler Ed Common as his stand in Stuart Taylor produced a stunning opening burst taking 6 wickets in his first 4 overs as the home sides top order were demolished, the first three bowled, the next caught behind, an lbw and a final bowled to leave them on 11-6 after 8 overs. Taylor was however bowling with an injury and after two further maidens was forced to exit the attack with figures of 6 overs 4 maidens 3 runs 6 wickets. There was no comback from that start and Duncan McGregor followed up Stuart's spell with 8 overs for just 8 runs and a further wicket before Craig Moffat (1-21 off 10) claimed the next and a run out by James Ealey was followed by a direct hit from Richard Moller as the innings ended on 56.

Wayne Ritzema and Matt Darwood then batted confidently and aggressively as the runs were knocked off in just the 10th over, Ritzema unbeaten on 26 and Darwood on 29.

Its D-Day for the 2s

Ponteland 2nd XI made sure that the battle for promotion to Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League B1 will go right to the wire when they comprehensively beat Seaton Burn on Saturday.
 
Ponteland had club stalwart John Gardner to mainly thank for their victory as he became only the seventh player in the history of the club to take 5 wickets and score 50 in a Second XI league game.
 
Having won the toss and elected to bat, Ponteland got off to a steady start as openers Will Urwin and skipper Chris Morgan put on a steady partnership of 40 from the first ten overs. The game soon turned on its head though, as in the space of two overs, the Seaton Burn opening bowlers ripped through the Ponteland top order as Urwin (22), Morgan (14) and James Ottaway (4) were all dismissed to leave the steady start in tatters at 45-3. With a couple of the side's usual batsmen missing, Dave Waters and John Gardner found themselves promoted up the order. Their arrival at the crease coincided with a change in bowling and in their usual no nonsense style they set about demolishing the Seaton Burn change bowlers to all areas of the park. Their quick fire partnership of 97 saw Waters fall just 2 runs short of his maiden league 50 on 48 while Gardner recorded his second 50 of the season (scoring 60) before both succumbed to the Seaton Burn spin attack of Dixon and Karunarante. In between this, Waters' wicket had seen the arrival at the crease of Andy Morgan who flew all the way from Australia on the day of the game for a solitary one run. The second quick flow of wickets though saw Ponteland struggling silghtly on 162-6. However some smart lower order batting from Dom Smith, who scored his first ever 2nd XI runs in 26 and John Hill who continued his good season with the bat for 27 meant Ponteland accelerated dramatically to 240 all out from 44.4 overs.
 
In reply, with Seaton Burn having struggled all season for runs, the victory was almost likely to be academic for Ponteland, but with the side needing to take maximum points for the win it was crucial they bowled the opposition out. And the side got off to the best possible start as Gardner and Ashley Parker ran through the opening batsmen taking 2 and 1 wicket respectively before some smart work in the outfield from Mark Waters saw him run out the potentially dangerous Karunaratne. With Seaton Burn reeling on 20-4, the Ponteland onslaught continued. Gardner claimed the wickets of Ellis, Hussain and Barnes while young Waters himself dismissed Dixon. As is often the way with these type of matches, the Seaton Burn collapse was upheld slightly as skipper Darren Carr (often a thorn in the side of Ponteland), hit a quick 40 but with wickets tumbling around him, the Ponteland victory was never in doubt. And it was up to Hill to take the final two wickets as he finished off the Seaton Burn innings with the ball as well as he had the Ponteland innings with the bat to dismiss Seaton Burn for 91. But it was Gardner who was the real star of the show as he claimed his 39th wicket of the season to go with his earlier 50.
 
With Benwell & Walbottle losing but picking up 6 points in the process and Ponteland claiming the full 20, the situation going into the last game of the season is that Ponteland, sitting in third place, need to overturn a 2 point difference to overtake their promotion rivals. The most likely way that this will happen is a win for Pont against champions Percy Main coupled with a defeat for Benwell against Ryton but with rain forecast all week anything could yet happen.

Report by Chris Morgan

Sunday 29th August 2010

Sunday side make it 4 in a row

The Sunday team took their winning run to four games with a comfortable win against Rothbury. With the windy conditions keeping the rain away Ponteland won the toss and chose to bat in a 30 over game. A new opening partnership of the Parker brothers started the game and Oli survived an early scare first ball, chopping a full toss onto his stumps but the umpire's no ball call saving him. The partnership of 27 was ended when some confusion in the calling resulted in Oli (11) short of his ground when Mark Waters, sub fielding for Rothbury, had a direct hit on the stumps. Andy Denyer was the next to survive a no-ball dismissal before Ashley was caught for a career best 27. Denyer and Padikaran then shared a fifty partnership before Padikaran became the third to survive a no-ball dismissal but one run later was caught by Oli (again on as a sub) catching him for 14. Denyer reached his first fifty since 2003 and retired before Peter Nesbitt and Mike Barlow put on 43 before Mike was caught by Faisal for 12. Nesbitt 29* and Richard Moller 9* saw Ponteland to 184-4 at the end of their overs.

In reply Rothbury lost an early wicket as they tried to take two runs to fine leg and Chris Barlow's accurate throw left keeper Denyer the simple run out to complete. Barlow opening the bowling then had the other opener caught at slip by Nesbitt and after a brief flurry of runs took the third wicket in the 11th over to finish with 2-13 off 6 overs. The double bowling change saw the runs dry up as both Ross Harrington and Neil Pinnock bowled 3 consecutive maidens before Harrington took a caught and bowled and Pinnock (2-2) a double wicket maiden as Rothbury's innings faltered. Harrington (2-7) completed his six overs and Mark Waters returned to bowl his final two overs to finish with 0-10 off his 6. Richard Moller (1-3) then chipped in with a wicket and a run out before in the final over of the game Andy Denyer dismissed the last man to bowl them out for fifty.

The game saw Ponteland use three keepers, more than likely a club first with Andy Denyer, Peter Nesbitt and Ashley Parker all donning the gloves for 10 overs each. All three took catches but not while keeping!

Saturday 28th August 2010

Batting collapse costs 1XI

The 1XI took on Backworth today in a match sponsored by the Diamond Inn needing a win against the third placed side to force themselves into the centre of the promotion race. Captain for the day Jonny Appleby won the toss and with rain around Ponteland looked to make early inroads and with the score on 25 Ed Common made the break through with Robson LBW for 9. Backworth Pro Ani Singh (3) was then superbly run out by James Ritzema with a direct hit from long on having chased the ball to the fence and after an unusually wayward over from Craig Moffat which saw the score jump to 55 Common then bowled Walker for 20. Howard Wright and Duncan McGregor came on as a double bowling change and the run rate plummeted, Wright with the crucial breakthrough as opener Layton (24) was caught at slip by Stuart Taylor. Another direct hit, this time from Common, accounted for Finchen and wickets started to fall steadily with McGregor (1-17) and Wright (3-19) off their 9 over spells. Wayne Ritzema (1-2) then acciunted for Woods as he missed the ball after charging down the wicket and was stumped by Dan Wright. Common (3-23) returned and bowled last man McLean to set a target of 108.

In reply Darwood (0) was an early casualty but the Ritzema's guided Ponteland to 52 before Wayne was caught behind off Singh for 18. Singh and Layton then tore through the Ponteland order with Taylor (3), Appleby (0), James Ritzema (26) and Common (10) all falling to Layton. SIngh then dismissed Nesbitt (3) and Dan Wright (5), Layton completed his 5 wicket haul with Howard Wright LBW for 7 before the collapse was completed with McGregor LBW to Singh for 0 and Ponteland all out for a disappointing 87. Layton finished with 5 for 17 (and 12-30 against Ponteland this season) and Singh 4-18, leaving Ponteland unable to achieve promotion this season.

2XI defeated Backworth to stay on the fringe of the promotion race. Match Report to follow

Sunday 22nd August 2010

On arguably the sunniest Sunday of the season Ponteland welcomed newly formed Rothbury for the first meeting between the two clubs. Ponteland won the toss and chose to bat first and both openers, Will Urwin and Peter Nesbitt retired at 30, Urwin's innings taking him past the record for runs in a single season of 458. Faizal Padikaran scored a quick 17 before being bowled and Chris Barlow (11) was caught at mid-off before Keith Crerar also retired at 30. With Mike Barlow (3) the next to fall Richard Moller (25) and Andy Denyer (30*) kept the score ticking before Andy Cruickshank scored an unbeaten 12, including a six, as the innings coasted to 224-5 off 35 overs.

In reply Rothbury were quickly in trouble as both Oli Parker and Andy Cruickshank (1-11) both took wickets caught at point by Richard Moller. Parker then took 2 more in his 4th over to leave Rothbury's innings in pieces as Neil Pinnock then took 3-6 in his four over spell while Richard Moller (1-3) took his first wicket of the season. There was then 2 wickets for Mike Barlow and 1 for Chris Barlow before Oli Parker returned to bowl the last batsmen to finish with 4 wickets for 8 runs and was voted man of the match by the Rothbury players - and yes before anyone asks Ponteland did end up taking 12 wickets, our wicket keeper decided the last two 'didn't count', including one for the captain, he obviously doesn't want to get picked next week.....

Saturday 21st August 2010

The 1XI travelled to Cowgate looking to maintain a challenge for a promotion spot after the frustration of the rain off the previous week against Alnwick. Losing the toss and being asked to bat on a damp wicket the Ponteland batsmen were unable to employ an agressive approach and Matt Darwood (6) and James Ritzema (1) were early casualties. Wayne Ritzema and James Ealey worked hard against some accurate bowling to push the score towards 100 before Ritzema (43), Ealey (21) and Stuart Taylor (1) fell in quick succession. Jonny Appleby (26) anchored the remainder of the innings as Ponteland were dismissed for 144.

In reply Ponteland got off to an excellent start with Craig Moffat's "delivery of the season" uprooting the opening batsman's stumps off the first ball he faced. With Ed Common providing excellent support from the other end Moffat took 3 in his opening burst while Common's 9 overs conceded a miserly 12 runs. Howard Wright then continued his outstanding season with 3-20 taking him to 38 wickets for the year. During his spell their remaining opener tried to take a single when the ball sneaked past Ritzema behind the stumps and narrowly avoided being run out by Taylor as he ambled the run. Wright was unable to stop the ball and for reasons best known to himself, despite Ed Common backing up at mid-on he then tried to steal a second only for Common to comfortably run him out and then Choudhry was bowled next ball. Duncan McGregor then moved 2nd on the all time 1XI bowlers list, a catch at square leg by James Ritzema taking him past Jeff Oliver. The final two wicket proved difficult to get as Amin reached his fifty from number seven but Ed Common (1-21) got the reward his first spell deserved to break the partnership before Moffat (4-42) took the final wicket with the score on 120 for a 24 run victory that keeps the side in contention for second with the higher placed teams Backworth and Newcastle City still to play.

Sunday 15th August 2010

The covers had done their job since Thursday night and a rock hard track emerged on Saturday evening leaving the Friendly team able to play by Sunday. The outfield still had a touch of moisture on it so on winning the toss Chris Barlow asked Genetics to bat, with the sun bursting through the clouds. Faisal Padikaran (1-16) made the breakthrough in the fourth over with Mark Gardner well caught at point by Andy Cruickshank but the opening batsman Bennett kept the score ticking over as the seamers struggling to get a breakthrough. With the legside covered Bennett (28) tried an optomistic reverse sweep off Keith Crerar and was bowled. Oli Parker (1-19) held his never as the two batsmen attacked him, bowling Robinson for 7. Heslop (19) was then bowled by Crerar (2-32) attempting a huge drive down the ground. With Parker's spell completed a double switch to spin saw the runs dry up as Neil Pinnock and Will Urwin combined to restrict the final 12 overs to just 28 runs, Urwin bowling Mexter (15) with his first delivery while Pinnock had to wait until his sixth over before Brian Taylor charged down the wicket and was stumped by Peter Nesbitt then had Gareth Taylor LBW first ball. Urwin was then hit for the only six of the game by Staley but finished with just 14 off his 5 overs and Pinnock completed his 7 over spell conceding just 16 with no boundaries as Genetics finished on 133-7 off 35 overs.

Urwin and Chris Morgan opened the innings as it rapidly became one of the warmest Sundays of the season and with the outfield drying out the ball started to travel much quicker. Urwin maintained his recent form and was the dominat partner in the opening stand of 42 before Morgan (8) was bowled by B.Taylor. Nesbitt joined Urwin and the two set about the total, Nesbitt finally abandoning his apparent determination to sweep every other ball to play some excellent shots in front of the wicket. Urwin reached a team record fifth fifty of the season before cruising to an untroubled 78* while Nesbitt ended on a team best 42* and a comfortable nine wicket win.

Saturday 14th August 2010

The heavy rain on Friday saw the 1XI and 2XI fixtures against Alnwick washed out for the second time this season. No other fixtures were played at the weekend.

Friday 13th August 2010

Eagles promoted.

The upset mentioned yesterday materialised with the news that Stonebridge Spitfires were beaten by Stocksfield on Sunday. Stonebridge's 1 point means they cannot catch the Eagles in second place. Kings School's final game is on Wednesday 18th.

Thursday 12th August 2010

Eagles promoted.

Procter & Gamble were defeated last night by Kings Old Boys which guarantees the Eagles 3rd place in the league (it'll require a total washout from now to the 20th August to finish in the top two or an upset). Division IV awaits for the 2011 season.

Winning streaks

The Eagles unbroken 10 in a row equals the 2nd longest winning streak in club history with the 1988 2XI also recording 10 straight victories. The start of next season will give the opportunity to go for the record 12 set by the championship winning 1981 2XI when the side won 12 straight from 23rd May to the 8th August. Captained by Derek Younger the undefeated record actually extends to 24 matches reaching back into 1980. The run started on the 5th July with a victory at Bedlington followed by a draw, an abandonment and 7 straight wins to end the season before winning the opening fixture on 2 May followed by an abandonment before the 12 straight wins, resulting in the side being unbeaten for more than a calendar year.

Longest Winning Streaks
Wins
Team
Year
Other information
12 2XI 1981 24 undefeated (1980-1981)
League Champions (both seasons)
10 2XI 1988  
10* NEMWL Eagles 2010 Division V Runners Up
9 2XI 1979 League Champions
8 1XI 1975 League Champions
8 1XI 1979  
8 1XI 1984  
8 2XI 1976 League Champions
8 2XI 1984  
8 2XI 1989  
       
7 Midweek 1968  
7 Midweek 1986 League Champions
7 Midweek 1987  
       
7 Friendly Team 2009  

 

Monday 9th August 2010

10 in a row for the Eagles

The Eagles completed a powerful 126 run win over Oddfellows today in their final match of the season to make themselves strong promotion contenders. Needing a maximum 10 point win to all but mathematically clinch promotion Ponteland had no hesitation choosing to bat first against a team only able to field 8 players. Will Urwin started the stronger of the two openers before being dismissed with the score on 84 in the 7th over, his 44 taking just 24 balls and taking him past 1,000 runs for the season. Jonny Appleby was more circumspect and guided the innings to its minimum target of 112 to clinch both batting points after 9 overs before falling for 43. Neil Pinnock (10) and Craig Moffat (5) fell in quick succession but Peter Nesbitt (33*) and Chris Barlow (19*) added an unbroken 54 to finish on 188-4 off the 14 overs.

Oli Parker (1-24) took a wicket in his first over with an excellent catch from Nesbitt back pedalling at midwicket and Faisal Padikaran (1-12) bowled the no.3 in his first over as well. Oswald (29) produced some spirited resistance until Ashley Parker and Craig Moffat replaced the opening bowlers and Ponteland in the search for wickets resorted to fields rarely seen in evening matches with four slips and a gully in place. Moffat (2-7) made the breakthrough and as dusk arrived Parker (3-14) powered through the lower order as they were bowled out for 62.

The win gave the Eagles their 10th win in a row and we now wait on the result between Procter & Gamble and Kings Old Boys on Wednesday. P& G now requiring a 10 point win to have a chance of overtaking us in the quest for one of the 3 promotion spots.

Monday 9th August 2010

Ponteland Second XI put themselves right in contention for a promotion berth with a hard fought victory over fellow contenders Chopwell on Saturday.

On a showery day, the start was delayed by 15 mins and with the threat of further rain looming, it was no surprise that Ponteland were asked to bat when skipper Chris Morgan lost the toss. With Will Urwin unavailable, Morgan took on the opening mantle himself with Tom Common but Common was only able to last three deliveries before being trapped infront LBW by Ian Graham from a good ball which jagged back nastily off a lively surface early on. The in-form Parag Chauhan then joined Morgan at the crease but was unable to last much longer than his previous incumbent as he top edged a length ball from Rob Jones to leave Pont 11-2 in the early overs.

Andy Morgan joined his son and skipper at the crease and the pair set about trying to steady the ship. However, with rain interrupting play on two occasions, the overs became further reduced and after the second rain break at 46-2 from 18 overs, the pair's defensive mindset looked to have backfired, with Chris's scorecard resembling a brail script! Fortunately, after this second interruption, the sun started to break through the clouds, meaning Pont had a further 18 overs to bat as the game was reduced to 37 overs per side. With wickets in hand, Chris and Andy set about trying to take the game to Chopwell and their more positive approach seemed to work as runs started to flow, with Chris virtually doubling his score before top edging a ball from Tyers back to the bowler for 35. Rich Moller continued on the attacking mantle and Pont accelerated rapidly with Richard and Andy taking the score up to 149 from 33 overs before Richard was dismissed. Andy continued to hit the ball cleanly and after Alex McLean also got in on the act, punishing some short deliveries as only he knows how, 200 looked to be on the board. However, some crazy running between the wickets as well as some sharp catches by the visitors halted Pont's charge somewhat with Morgan dismissed in the penultimate over for 88 - his best score in 10 years - as Pont finished on 180-9, which nevertheless was a good total given the circumstances.

In reply, with the threat of any clouds all but disappeared, Pont set about defending their score and got off to the best possible start as Moller took what has become a now trademark diving catch at mid off to dismiss the ever dangerous Steve Brown for 0 from the bowling of John Gardner. Chopwell skipper Chris Mawson though, was in no mood to give up the ghost easily and took the game to Ponteland with some lusty blows which saw the early removal of John Hill from the Ponteland attack. It was the bowling change that worked though as Ash Parker's slower ball in his first over saw Mawson sky one to long on where the ever reliable safe hands of Parag Chauhan were there to take a smart catch. That seemed to be the turning point in the match as Chopwell then began to lose wickets at regular intervals. Spin king Andy Denyer dismissed Tyers with the first ball of his spell and then Parker cleaned up Jones to leave the visitors reeling. The pair then took the next 5 wickets between them to leave Chopwell languishing on 67-8. Parker was in particularly fine form with the ball and after a season troubled by injury, returned to form in some style with an excellent spell of 4-17 from his 7 overs. The ever reliable Denyer picked up 3-13 from his 8 overs. Wayne Denham and the returning Gardner picked up the final two wickets as an ultimately resilient Chopwell failed to lie down and were dismissed for 100.

With Benwell and Walbottle's shock defeat again Alnwick coming on the same day, this was an excellent weekend for the side as they gained ground on their promotion rivals. Pont now lie in third place, just 2 points behind second place Benwell with five games to go in the season. With champions elect Percy Main all but home and dry already, it promises to be an exciting battle for the final promotion place as the season draws to a close.

Report by Chris Morgan

Sunday 8th August 2010

Friendly team back to winning ways

After 3 consecutive defeats the Sunday team were looking to get back to winning ways against Victorians in Heaton today. Winning the toss skipper Chris Barlow decided to bat first despite conditions suggesting otherwise. Will Urwin opened with the skipper and the two battled through 8 testing overs before Barlow was LBW for 5. With the opening bowlers first spells completed Peter Nesbitt and Urwin combined for a partnership of 58 before Nesbitt (23) was bowled round his legs and Urwin (46) was caught at midwicket by Mark Waters sub fielding for them while one of their players went to get drinks ready. Neil Pinnock (22) and Chris Morgan then put on 30 before Pinnock was caught behind then Mike Barlow, in his first game of the season, combined with Morgan (35) for a 50 partnership before Morgan was caught behind and Barlow (18) was caught by Neil sub fielding while one of them went to put the kettle on! There was still time for Andy Cruickshank to run himself out for 1 as Keith Crerar (9*) and Ashley Parker (3*) took the score to 177-7 off 40 overs.

 

The Victorians innings got off to the best possible start for Ponteland as the ever dangerous Colin Bradshaw clipped the first ball of the innings from Ashley (1-21) to midwicket and Chris Barlow was able to take a low catch. Mark Waters (1-26) chipped in bowling No.3 Umar for 14 but the Victorians innings reached 53-2 in the 12th over before Cruickshank dismissed opener Tajus for 25 when he clipped a catch to Chris Morgan at square leg and Nesbitt behind the stumps caught the next batsmen in his next over. Crerar (1-21) produced an outstanding away swinger to bowl Shash for 13, the ball clipping the top of off stump. Dhrua scored the next 13 runs before clipping a catch to Ashley at mid off to give Cruickshank (3-19) his third wicket. With Crerar and Cruickshank tiring it was junior Oli Parker who produced his most consistent bowling spell for the team so far to take the next wicket as his 4 overs went for just 9 runs. A switch to spin rapidly brought the end of the game as Neil Pinnock (3-5) and Peter Nesbitt combined 3 times in 1.3 overs starting with a legside stumping first ball as the batsmen fell out of his crease and 2 catches to complete a 69 run win.

 

Peter Nesbitt's four dismissals in the match equalled the Sunday team record for a keeper shared with Ian Park, John Thompson and Andrew Needham.

Saturday 7th August 2010

Wayne Ritzema's 2nd century but 1s lose to leaders.

The Morgan's Father and Son act put 2XI into centre of promotion race

Match reports and full details to follow

Wednesday 4th August 2010

Its not Sunny but Delight for the Eagles

After defeating Belmont on Tuesday the Eagles took on promotion rivals Procter & Gamble at Blue Flames today on a cloudy evening. Despite being top of the current table the games in hand for our other 3 promotion rivals made this a must win game, especially after they defeated us early in the season. After losing the toss and fielding first it was Mark Waters (1-29) who claimed the first wicket, caught by Ashley Parker moments after he had arrived, but the score climbed steadily with the Eagles bowlers struggling for accuracy. Faisal Padikaran (2-21) claimed two further wickets as P & G posted 110-3 off their 14 overs, aided by a top score from 'extras' with 27, which included 21 wides.

 

In reply Stephen Edwards signalled some early intent with his fourth delivery smashed for six before, with the score on 24, first Peter Nesbitt (3) was caught and bowled before James Ealey top edged his second ball into the leg side and despite three players colliding the catch was held. Edwards and Neil Pinnock saw off the two opening bowlers before taking control of the innings against the change bowlers. Pinnock took on the attacking role against the spinner Williams and raced to 38 off 28 balls with 4 fours and a six before with the partnership on 73 was dismissed by Creighton. Skipper Moffat's cameo of 13 off 8 balls saw the side home in the middle of the 13th over to claim both batting points and a crucial 7 wicket win, which also restricted our opponents to a single point.

Batting wobble but Belmont beaten

Playing the rained off fixture against Belmont on Tuesday night the Eagles were looking to retain their place in the Division V promotion race. Belmont won the toss and opted to bat first and they struggled in the opening 6 overs as Jack Schofield (0-12) and Ashley Parker (0-17) kept runs to a premium. If the batsmen were looking for a reprieve from the change bowlers they were out of luck as Craig Moffat, fresh from 7 wickets for the 1XI at the weekend, continued his form with 3-14 off 3 overs. With Duncan McGregor (1-30) and Roger Bell (1-3) chipping in the innings was restricted to just 78-5 off the 14 overs.

 

In reply Ponteland started comfortably before Neil Pinnock (7) was dismissed then with the score on 36 both Will Urwin (10) and Peter Nesbitt (1) fell in quick succession. Stephen Edwards with 30 anchored the innings but with the score on 65 he was dismissed and despite having plenty of time to get the runs Chris Morgan (12), Moffat bowled first ball and Chris Barlow (5) were all dismissed in the space of 5 deliveries. Schofield though scored 7 off three balls to complete a 3 wicket win.

Tuesday 3rd August 2010

2XI return to promotion race

After a hiccup in their promotion challenge away to fellow high flyers Benwell & Walbottle last week, Ponteland 2nd XI returned to winning ways with a comfortable victory over Greenside on Saturday.

With skipper Chris Morgan on an uncharacteristically good run with the coin (disclaimer for the rest of the season!), Pont won the toss and put the hosts into bat on what looked like a green surface - and one that had seen the first team bowled out for under 100 earlier in the season. However, the decision soon looked like one he might be made to regret as the Greenside openers got their side off to a steady start, with the left handed youngster Aidan Wood looking particularly impressive.

It took a change of bowling for Pont to make the breakthrough with spin king Andy Denyer dismissing Wood in his second over for 32, caught by Richard Moller at extra cover. The wicket sparked Pont into action and soon the game had been turned on its head as fellow change bowler John Gardner took two wickets in two balls to dismiss David Mitchell and John Murray and then Denyer followed suit again, trapping Turnbull LBW for 19. Glenn Scott and Ryan Lowes then began a comeback for the hosts but with Denyer and Gardner in red hot form, the wickets flowed regularly with Gardner (5-42) wrapping up his 'five for' on the final ball of his spell and Denyer claiming two further wickets to end with figures of 4-43. Scott ended on 32, with the dismissal of Gavin Jones by John Hill signalling the end of Greenside on 132.

In reply, the hosts struck back straight away as Will Urwin was bowled in the second over and then after a quick fire 20, which included a beautiful six over mid off, Tom Common followed his opening partner back to the pavilion as Pont struggled to 32-2. The two dismissals brought Parag Chauhan and Andy Morgan together and the pair went about steadying the ship. Parag however, was in typically brutal form as he punished the Greenside bowling hitting fours all over the park, while the sturdy character of Morgan maintained calm at the other end. It was ultimately this partnership which was to be the match winning one for Ponteland as the pair put on 85 before Morgan was dismissed for 31. With the game all but over Parag bashed the winning runs with 15 overs to spare to lead Pont to a 7 wicket victory.

The result means that Ponteland currently stand fourth in the race for promotion, 18 points (potentially one victory) behind second place Benwell and Walbottle and 3 points behind Chopwell who are due to visit the Leisure Centre on Saturday in what looks like being a crunch match.

The league table can be found here:

Sunday 1st August 2010

Mill Ride over the Sunday Batting

The frailties in the Sunday team batting were evident again today as the side suffered a dramatic collapse from 50-1 to 64 all out against Riding Mill today. Peter Nesbitt (15) and Stuart Taylor (23) had guided Ponteland to 50-1 off 11 overs before a string of poor shots saw the side crumble with the last eight batsmen contributing just 10 runs between them, four wickets falling in a single over as Law (5-7) was twice on a hat-trick as the lowest score for the team since 2002 was posted.

In reply Ashley Parker (3-23 off 8 overs) and Mark Waters (1-4 off 6) reduced their innings to 17-4, Neil Pinnock taking his first catch as a wicket keeper but the total was never going to be enough to pull out an unlikely win and a defeat by 6 wickets.

Thursday 29th July 2010

1XI & 2XI both defeat Greenside. Further details and match reports to be received


Thursday 29th July 2010

Morpeth concede to 3rds

The 3XI's penultimate fixture was won by concession with Morpeth unable to field a side.

Wednesday 28th July 2010

Edwards fires Eagles to brink of promotion

The Eagles extended their winning run last night and strengthened their grip on a place in the top three with a crushing victory over Park House. Batting first Steve Edwards in his first game of the season was fluent from the start and in partnership with Jonny Appleby put the Park House bowlers to the sword. The hundred partnership was posted in just the eighth over as Edwards made his first fifty for the Club and then extended it to the first NEMWL century with 8 fours and 5 sixes. After finally being dismissed for 102 with the score on 159 Appleby went on to finish on 65 not out as an imposing total of 189-2 was reached.

Tight bowling from Duncan McGregor (3 overs for 3) snuffed out Park House's reply but it took until the 10th over for Dominic Smith (1-24) to take the first wicket. Craig Moffat (3-5) then claimed 3 quick wickets and Roger Bell (1-20) a fifth as after their 14 overs Park House ended on 77-5.

A victory in next Wednesday's visit to 2nd placed Proctor & Gamble should see Ponteland promoted with two games to spare - the withdrawl of Kingstonians from Division IV yesterday may result in an extra promotion place from Division 5.

Tuesday 27th July 2010

A review of July

The 1XI won 2 and lost 1.

Consett won by 5 wickets after Ponteland's top order were dismantled. Wayne Ritzema (41) and a debut fifty from Ed Common providing the bulk of Ponteland's runs in a total of just 124.
Whickham were defeated the following week 182-7 with 57 by Ritzema, James Ealey (34) and Jonny Appleby 35 before Ed Common 3-25, Howard Wright 3-29 and Craig Moffat 3-23 sealed a 55 run victory.
Benwell & Walbottle were also defeated. They scored 124 with Wright 4-33 and 2 wickets each for Moffat and Ealey. In reply Ponteland slipped from 40-0 to 84-5 before Peter Nesbitt with a 1XI best of 26* guided the team to a 5 wicket victory. The game also saw Andy Morgan take his 200th catch for the 1XI.

The 2XI won 2 and lost 1

Against Consett the side scored 189-7 with Simon Edmondson scoring 67 and Chris Morgan 37* before Wayne Denham and Robert Hall took 3-16 and 3-19 respectively as they reached 158
Whickham saw an extremely tight and exciting game, Ponteland with 223-8 Edmondson 83 before Whickham got within 2 runs on 221-7 with Dave Waters 2-21 the pick of the bowlers although their no 3 scored 138*
Benwell & Walbottle tightened their grip on the final promotion spot as Ponteland finished on 174-9 chasing their total of 178-6 Alex McLean with 37 and Andy Graves 35, while Mark Waters 2-26 and Ashley Parker 2-49 the main wicket takers.

The 3XI won 2 and lost 1

The final 6 fixtures started with a defeat to Newcastle City with Ponteland only managing 110-4 chasing 117-8. Simon Raw 37, Jon Varley 26* and Alan Varley 3-20
Ponteland then scored 146-2 against Benwell and Walbottle, Raw 49* and Matty Bell 46* in a partnership of 80 before Ashley Parker 3-20, Robert Hall 2-21 and Alan Varley 2-31 completed a 41 run win.
Dodging the rain Ponteland then defeated Backworth, Bell 30, Oli Edwards 40* in Ponteland's 100-4 before Robert Hall took 5-18 to dismiss the opposition for 67, the first 5 wicket return since Phil Barlow's 7-36 against the same opposition in 2007.

NEMWL

Beat Stonebridge and Boldon to strengthen promotion hopes, whether Belmont was played or rained off has not been provided

Friendly won 1 and lost 2

Captain Neil Pinnock struggled to get teams out over the last three weeks. A 10 man team with John Parker preventing it being 9 got past Chatton with a retired 52 from Chris Morgan and an unbeaten 38 from Adam Wilkin. Charlie Machell with 5-21 is the first seamer to take 5 wickets in a Friendly game since Jonny Appleby in 2007 (and only the second since 1999)
A strong KSTOB team then won by 101 runs with Will Urwin's 50 the main contribution in Ponteland's 128 all out.
No details other than the team lost to Ovingham are currently available.

Under 18s

Percy Main conceded, Seaton Burn was rained off and chasing 105-9 against Alnwick after Ashley parker took 5-35 Ponteland only managed 91 with Parker and Alex Gray both scoring 17

Under 15s

Lost their final two fixtures 52 all out against South North, Charlie Machell 18* and Hamza Ahmad took the only wicket in a 9 wicket defeat before 47-9 with Oli Parker scoring 22 in a 7 wicket defeat to Ashington, with Mark Waters, Marc Dixon and Tom Morgan each taking a wicket.

Wednesday 7th July 2010

No website updates before 27th July

The website will not be updated again before Tuesday 27th July. 1st and 2XI results will be available from the league website, they are supposed to be on by Tuesday and once Craig Moffat has his Internet connection re-established the NEMWL results and match reports will be on our pages of the league site. NEMWL league tables tend to be updated on a Saturday.

Team photos taken last week are now online

1XI Team Photo Match Pictures Eleven Round the Bat
2XI (awaiting picture)    
3XI Thursday Team Photo Match Pictures  

Tuesday 6th July 2010

Eagles rearguard action repels Barbarian attack

The Eagles looked to extend their winning streak to four today with the visit of the Matrics Barbarians. After winning the toss they chose to bat and lost an early wicket to the impressive Charlie Machell, caught by Keith Crerar. Machell's 3 overs included a maiden, not easy in 8 ball overs and conceded just 13. At the other end Duncan McGregor enjoyed the rare luxury of bowling with the wind and his 3 overs only conceded 12. Oli Parker bowled two unsuccessful overs for 18 but Keith Crerar continued his recent fine form with a wicket first ball caught by McGregor at point which was followed by an excellent one handed caught and bowled of a powerful drive, that was clinical / casual in its excecution. With Crerar (3-27) bowling his third and Craig Moffat (1-21) getting a fifth wicket, well caught by Peter Nesbitt running in from the deep, a target of 106 was set off 14 overs.

After less than 4 overs of the reply the Eagles were seemingly down and out as Will Urwin was bowled for 1 then in the following over by Dolan 3 wickets fell, all for ducks. Chris Morgan was bowled, Dave Waters went lbw first ball, and Dom Smith bowled. The next over from Stephenson saw Peter Nesbitt lbw for 4 as scorers rushed back to get ready and umpires almost rotated on a ball by ball basis as the score crashed to 8 for 5. Chris Barlow, having been scoring just 5 balls earlier then battled through the rest of the over from Stephenson that saw him dig out 4 successive yorkers and alongside skipper Moffat the score slowly started to climb as both were able to successfully rotate the strike working the ball into gaps for quick singles. The advantage of 8 ball overs became apparent as the required run rate didn't climb significantly and it was Moffat who scored the first boundary in the seventh over. By the 10th over the score was into the 80s as Moffat scored the innings' first six the ball rattling off the football field fence. Barlow then took advantage of two low full tosses from the returning Dolan, hammering both through extra cover for 4s and incredibly the Eagles were in control of the game. With the partnership on 91 Moffat then became Dolan's 4th victim bowled for an excellent 42 in the 11th over. McGregor with four runs and a couple of no-balls saw the remaining six runs scored midway through the 13th over for an outstanding 4 wicket victory, Barlow finishing unbeaten on 33, his highest score in midweek cricket. Despite the chaos at the start the Eagles still managed a run rate of 8 an over to claim two batting bonus points.

Matrics Barbarians 105-5 (A.Jackson 28, K.Crerar 4-0-27-3) Ponteland Eagles 106-6 (C.Moffat 42, C.Barlow 33*, N.Dolan 3-0-17-4, A.Stephenson 4-0-17-2)
Points Ponteland 8 Barbarians 2

Monday 5th July 2010

U18s win tonights game by forfeit, Percy Main are unable to field a side.

Saturday 3rd July 2010

Taylor's turn to torment

The second half of the season started today in the reverse fixture from Sunday against Ryton. The First Eleven showed one change from the previous week with Ed Common unavailable Richard Moller returned to the side.

Winning the toss James Ealey had no hesitation batting first and in the opening over an edge from last weeks centurion Wayne Ritzema flew through the slips for four. The opening bowlers continued to test the Ponteland batsmen and with the score on 29 Akhtar made the breakthrough bowling Ritzema for 26 then 6 runs later Bainbridge pulled off an excellent diving catch off his own bowling to dismiss Darwood for 18. Ealey and Stuart Taylor then took the score up to 98 before Ealey (19) gave Akhtar his second wicket, again with a catch off his own bowling. Tom Common (11) shared in a stand of 70 with Taylor as the latter reached his fifty of 47 deliveries. Following Common and Dan Wright's quick dismissals it was Jonny Appleby who played the supporting role as Taylor accelerated his innings to reach his second century for the Firsts off 89 balls. From that point on he opened up against the tiring bowling attack and charged to an unbeaten 149 off 109 balls with 17 fours and five sixes. The partnership with Appleby (23*) passing 100 off the penultimate ball as Pont's innings finished on 270-5.

In the reply Ryton were soon in trouble, Craig Moffat (2-20) taking the first two wickets, including the main Ryton run scorer this season, Robinson bowled for just 7. Taylor, opening the bowling in the absence of Ed Common claimed the third with an edge behind to Dan Wright as his six overs conceded just 9 runs. Once again though it was Ponteland's bowler of the season Howard Wright who then took control claiming the next four wickets, two bowled, one caught by Taylor at first slip and an lbw as Ryton struggled to keep their innings going. Ealey (1-10) took the eighth with an excellent catch by Ritzema before Wright (5-28) claimed the 9th and final wicket as Ryton were bowled out for 103 in just the 29th over with Ryton's 11th man unable to bat as he had left at the tea break.

Ponteland 270-5 (S.Taylor 149*) Ryton 103 (H.Wright 5-28)
Points Ponteland 20 Ryton 3
Scorecard

This was Stuart Taylor's second century for the first eleven and his ninth for the club. The unbeaten partnership of 101 with Jonny Appleby sets a new record for the sixth wicket as the previous record set by Andy Morgan and John Gardner in 1997 was ended on the same score, this was Taylor's fifteen century partnership for the side, five behind Andy Morgan.

Taylor also becomes the first player for the first eleven to take part in three fifty partnerships in the same innings, Paul Higginbottom was the first to achieve this for the Club in 2009 against Victorians in a Sunday match.

It is also the first time in first eleven history that two consecutive games have been won by a margin of over 150 runs.

First Eleven victories by more than 150 runs
Opponent
Venue
Win by
Pont
Opposition
Date
Wallsend
Home
219
268-2
49
11/08/1990
Belsay
Away
195
261-5 dec
66
25/07/1992
Ryton
Home
194
304-1
110
27/06/2010
Amble Away 190 230-6 40 24/06/1972
D.H.S.S Away 190 258-3 68 27/06/1992
Tynedale Away 181 284-5 103 30/05/1966
D.H.S.S Away 180 268-5 88 16/08/1986
Cramlington Away 175 244 69 22/08/1998
Ryton Away 167 270-5 103 03/07/2010
Belford Home 155 260-4 105 01/06/1985
Ashington Workshops Away 150 198 48 19/05/1984

Friday 2nd July 2010

Last ball defeat leaves 3XI outside the top six play-offs

Ponteland hosted second placed Tynemouth in a must win game to clinch a place in the top six before the league splits. Tynemouth won the toss and opted to bat first and got off to a flying start as the openers attacked John Hill and debutant Jack Schofield. Hill (2-30) and Schofield (1-26) fought back in their final overs but the score sat on 56-3 off 8 overs. Alan Varley continued his outstanding run of form bowling six overs for just 19 runs and claiming one wicket, but at the other end Robert Hall (0-22) was unlucky with two difficult chances to the keeper standing up missed. Hall junior was then replaced by his dad Phil for the final two overs and he conceded just four runs while taking 4 wickets as the innings slumped to 104-9.

In reply Matty Bell survived a confident early appeal for caught behind but captain Raw (4) and vice captain Ottaway were early casualties. Jon Varley and Bell kept the side up with the rate before Bell (37) was out lbw. Matt Smart (13) and Jon Varley (25) retained the momentum but both were dismissed within moments of each other and with Phill Hall (3) and Andy Denyer first ball falling in the final over a scrambled 2 by John Hill left Ponteland just one run short of the Tynemouth score.

The news came in later that Ashington and South North had been rained off, the only senario where both sides could stay ahead of us, picking up three points each. Humshaugh collected a single bonus point in their defeat to Morpeth and finished level on points. However they progress to the top six by having beaten us.

Next weeks fixture is therefore a home game against Newcastle City, followed by a home game against Benwell & Walbottle. the season then finishes with away games at Backworth, Morpeth and Percy Main.

Thursday 1st July 2010

TOMA Fund U18 6-a-side Tournament

Ponteland cricket club is hosting a 6-a-side tournament supporting the TOMA fund this Sunday 4th July. Matches start at 9.30am and take place at both Ponteland and Benwell & Walbottle. Two groups of five will battle it out to play the final at Ponteland, scheduled to start at 5.30pm.

Jordan Thompson was a talented junior cricketer at Ponteland who was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukaemia (AML) on Valentines Day of 2006 at the age of 13 and tragically passed away in 2007. Donations can be made on the day or through the TOMA fund website.

Full Details of the day

The TOMA fund website

Wednesday 30th June 2010

Wanderers halted by Eagles

The Eagles travelled to Stocksfield today looking to strengthen their top four position. The Eagles won the fixture but awaiting match report and full details.

Next week sees two home fixtures on Tuesday and Friday against Matrics Barbarians and Stonebridge Spitfires, the teams that currently sit third and fifth in the league.

Tuesday 29th June 2010

kwik_cricket_rgbPonteland Middle School's boys & girls teams reach the finals - qualify for regional play-offs

23rd of June was an exciting day for a large number of Northumberland schools as they made their way to Stocksfield Cricket Club to compete in Year 6 Mixed and Girls Asda Kwik Cricket County Finals.

In a battle to become county champions and represent Northumberland in the Regional Final for the North of England, Berwick Middle School beat Ponteland Middle in the Year 6 Mixed competition. In the girls’ finals Ponteland Middle did not manage to make up for the lost mixed final and lost to girls from Ovingham Middle. Both teams contain players from the Ponteland Juniors.

The above finalists along with Cullercoats Primary and Gosforth Central Middle for Year 6 and Valley Garden Middle and Gosforth Central Middle for girls will represent Northumberland in the Regional final. This is to take place at Stocksfield Cricket Club on July 6th. Our young players should therefore get a lot of local support in their battle against the best teams from Cumbria and Durham. The winners of this will then progress to the National Final to be held at Derby County Ground on the 13th and 14th July involving the best 16 teams from the UK.

The Asda Kwik Cricket Competition was launched in 2008 and immediately drove a dramatic increase in the number of children playing cricket in Primary Schools. The competition continues to grow. It is actively supported by the England Cricket Team. ASDA, who are the national sponsors, supported the Northumberland Final by providing healthy snacks and drink to keep the young players refreshed throughout the day. Big thanks go to Asda community colleagues from Gateshead, Ashington, Cramlington, Benton and Gosforth who attend their local kwik cricket competition every year.

Monday 28th June 2010

Photo Gallery now available from yesterdays 1XI match.

The Under 18s were reduced to a rained off match tonight against Newcastle at the Heaton Medicals ground. In initially dry conditions Ponteland lost the toss and were put into bat. Opening batsmen Dan Wright (18) and Will Urwin (36) put on 68 for the first wicket when Wright pitched it to mid on and two balls later Urwin followed in the same way. A small collapse followed with Robert Hall, Graham Adamson and Mark Waters all being dismissed cheaply by the misely bowling attack during the middle overs. A spirited partnership between under 15 captain Charlie Machell (23*) and Dom Smith (25*) containing many high quality shots from both batsmen saw Ponteland across the 20 over line at 145-6.

Unfortunately as the ground was a University pitch the match had to be called off as the weather continued to worsen. The game was rained off but the side left feeling confident and looking forward to the next fixture on the 5th of july.

Match Report by Will Urwin

Sunday 27th June 2010

Records rewritten as Ritzema routs Ryton

On another hot sunny day at Ponteland the 1XI faced Ryton in the re-arranged opening fixtures of the season in a match sponsored by Grange Lea Care Home. Winning the toss Ponteland opted to bat first and it was quickly obvious that it was an excellent batting surface. A solid start saw Ponteland reach 50 in the 15th over, with Wayne Ritzema reaching 30 off 50 deliveries and Matt Darwood 33 off 60. From that point onwards runs came freely as the 100 partnership was posted in the 23rd over and Ritzema cruised past fifty. Darwood reached his fifty off 72 balls before the 150 partnership came in the 30th over. Ritzema went on to complete his first Ponteland century off 122 balls and after giving his only chance on 127 took just 35 more to reach his 150. The partnership then passed the previous record opening stand of 190 then the 1XI highest stand of 214 set in 1991 and the all time record of 230 from the 2XI in 1990. Darwood with his first century on the horizon skied one to long on 88 to become the first wicket to fall on 258 in the 47th over. Stuart Taylor then joined Ritzema for the final 3 overs and further history was made as Richard Dreyer's 1XI record of 164* from 1992 was passed before Tony Murphy's record individual score of 170* (from the 2XI in 1984) was also surpassed with a straight six. With Ritzema struggling with a knee injury Taylor (19*) finished the innings with two fours, a 'Dilscoop' flick over the wicketkeeper and a switch hit, to take the score to 304-1 off the fifty overs.

In reply Ryton started aggressively with Robinson scoring boundaries freely whenever given the opportunity and scored 41 of the first 54 runs before being the third wicket to fall as Darwood took his second catch in the gully off Duncan McGregor (1-31). Howard Wright followed up his five wickets the day before with 3 for 20 as the Ryton innings faltered. Ed Common in his second spell took the 6th wicket to reduce the innings to 93-6. Common (2-28) claimed his second as Dan Wright produced a brilliant diving catch behind the stumps then James Ealey (3-1) wrapped up the innings in double quick time as 3 wickets fell for no runs to leave Ryton 110 all out and victory by 194 runs.

Ponteland 304-1 (W.Ritzema 180*, M.Darwood 88) Ryton 110 (N.Robinson 41, H.Wright 3-20, J.Ealey 3-1)
Points Ponteland 20 Ryton 1
Scorecard

The score of 304-1 and the margin of victory by 194 runs are both Ponteland 1XI records in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League. Wayne also set 2 new individual records for Ponteland, highest individual score, and the most fours in a 1XI innings with 24 - Derek Younger's 162* for the 2XI contained 27 as did Stuart Taylor's 169* in a friendly. The partnership of 258 with Matt Darwood was the highest ever for any team at the Club passing the 230 set in 1990 in the 2XI.

Bizarrely the previous record of 164* for the 1st Eleven by Richard Dreyer was also set on the 27th June, this time back in 1992!! The previous record of 23 fours was also unsurprisingly in this innings. The only link between the two (and the 1st 200 partnership in the 1XI see below) is that all 3 games were scored for by Chris Barlow.

The first partnership of 214 in the 1XI was in 1991 against Belsay between Andy Morgan and Brett Elliott. The partnership was matched in 2006 against Annfield Plain by Lloyd Anderson and Malcolm Clarke against Annfield Plain. The first double century partnership for any team was also 214 between Andy Morgan (again) and John Charleton in a friendly against KSTOB in 1981. There have been 2 partnerships in excess of 200 in the 2XI, the previous club record of 230 was between John Jessop and James Sayers in 1990 against Ellington.

Tony Murphy's score of 170* contained 10 sixes and 12 fours, the 10 sixes are a 2XI record but Graham Irvin's 136 against Warkworth in a 20 over game contained the club record 14 sixes in a single innings - and he only batted 13 overs! Phil Ottaway is the only player to pass 130 for both the 1st and 2nd Eleven.

Wayne is the 10th different player to pass 130 runs in an innings. From 1959 - 1999 there were just 8 scores beyond this mark but in the 11 years since 2000 there have been a further 8.

Individual Scores over 130
 
Score
Balls
Opposition
Venue
Date
Wayne Ritzema
180*
175
Ryton
Home
1XI League
27/06/2010
Tony Murphy
170*
n/a
Bates Cottages
Home
2XI League
11/08/1984
Stuart Taylor
169*
95
Kensington & Chelsea
Home
Friendly
08/09/2007
Richard Dreyer
164*
157
D.H.S.S
Away
1XI League
27/06/1992
Derek Younger
162*
n/a
Belsay
Away
2XI League
14/07/1979
Phil Ottaway
160*
n/a
D.H.S.S
Away
1XI League
16/08/1986
Stuart Taylor
156
117
Davipart
Away (Kirkley)
Friendly
18/09/2005
Phil Ottaway
146*
n/a
Chopwell
Away
2XI League
17/07/2000
John Charleton
140
n/a
Centurions
Home
Friendly
19/07/1976
John Charleton
136*
n/a
Corbridge
Home
2XI League
20/09/1975
Graham Irvin
136 50 Warkworth Away Midweek 20 Over Match 27/06/2001
Lloyd Anderson
135*
105
Ashington
Away
1XI Foster's Cup Final
17/07/2005
Lloyd Anderson
134
108
Seaton Burn
Home
1XI League
25/05/2002
Phil Ottaway
132*
n/a
Warkworth
Away
1XI League
11/08/1984
Mike Barlow
130*
n/a
Ellington
Away
2XI League
06/05/1985
Lloyd Anderson
130
136
Annfield Plain
Home
1XI League
15/07/2006

Saturday 26th June 2010

Wright takes 5 but 1st slip up

The 1XI lost the toss against Newcastle City and had to field first. The City openers both survived early edges into the slips and Kashyap, then on 12, profited most adding 42 to his score as the bowlers toiled on an excellent surface at Pont. Howard Wright finally dismissed both openers as Wayne Ritzema standing up caught Jennison (24) and Stuart Taylor held onto the slip chance of Kashyap (54). When Jonny Appleby caught City pro Jappie (1) off James Ealey and Wright had Nair (18) caught by his son Dan shortly after the innings sat on 116-4 after 27 overs. The next two batsmen took the score into the 150s before Moffat (1-46) and Wright (5-53) claimed further wickets. The 8th wicket then put on 60 to push the score past 200 before Ed Common (1-35) bowled I.Shah for 37. James Ealey claimed the 9th wicket as J.Singh (14) was dismissed in the final over to set a target of 238 to win. Ponteland's bowlers however did manage to give away a combination of 14 wides and no-balls.

In reply Ponteland's openers put together a relatively untroubled opening stand of 56 before a tight single resulted in Ritzema (32) being run out. Matt Darwood (35) followed shortly after before Taylor launched a counter attack scoring 30 off 19 deliveries before being caught at deep midwicket off Jappie. James Ealey (7) and Dan Wright then followed off consecutive deliveries to give Jappie a hat-trick to suddenly reduce the innings to 109-5. Tom Common and Jonny Appleby rebuilt the innings befire Common (25) was caught. Howard Wright (8) and Ed Common (5) were dismissed trying to keep Ponteland in with a chance and despite the best efforts of Appleby (43*) and Moffat (19*) Ponteland fell 21 runs short.

Newcastle City 237-9 (P.Kashyap 54, I.Shah 37, H.Wright 5-53) Ponteland 216-8 (W.Ritzema 32, M.Darwood 35, S.Taylor 30, J.Appleby 43*, R.Jappie 3-74)
Points Newcastle City 19, Ponteland 9

Friday 25th June 2010

U15s slump to new record low

The U15s took on Morpeth today at Ponteland and conceded a record 20 over total at any level for Ponteland as Morpeth rattled up 210-4. To make the performance even worse they were then dismissed for just 16, the third lowest Ponteland score ever after the 1XI's 12 in 1980 and the U15s 11 against South Northumberland in 2008.

Thursday 24th June 2010

Ashington take the spoils

James Ottaway took over the captaincy with Simon Raw away on holiday and must have felt like Simon had taken most of the team with him as a large number of the regular players were missing as well. Winning the toss he asked Ashington to bat first and at the half-way point at 57-3 Ponteland were in a seemingly dominant position with wickets for Alan Varley (1-26), an excellent catch standing up to John Hill by Chris Morgan and a run out by Hill. U15 Oli Parker (0-18) on his 3XI debut then bowled 2 tidy overs for just three runs, before tiring in his third - he blamed the arrival of his dad to watch! Dangerous batsman Williams was still in and after Phil Hall took a wicket caught by Dave Waters he burst into life, smashing 23 off Phil Hall's third over as he flew into the eighties. Eventually on 83 in the final over he skied one into the covers and the back pedalling captain clung onto a difficult catch. Hill (3-26) completed his sixth over with another wicket again well caught by Peter Nesbitt as the fielding held firm to the end - nearly..... A final run out chance ended up with another contender for comedy moment of the season as they tried to steal a run off the final ball and keeper Morgan spurned the opportunity to walk to the stumps and flick the bails off by having a throw, missed and despite both batsmen being in the middle at this point were able to complete the run to finish with 147-6.

In reply a 'gung ho' approach was adopted, Will Urwin battering the first three balls for 4, but Dave Waters was then bowled first ball by Watson. Urwin (18) followed in Watson's next over, Neil Pinnock then hitting three fours before becoming his third victim. James Ottaway (13) followed soon after and we sat on 44-3 in the sixth over. Peter Nesbitt and Chris Morgan then regrouped the innings, Nesbitt becoming increasingly fluent and the 3XI record equally stand of 68 brought Pont right back into it, but the 16th and 17th overs proved crucial as just 7 runs were scored and at the end of the 17th Morgan (20) was dismissed. Shortly after Chris Barlow (4) gave up his wicket run out by giving the keeper an easy option as Nesbitt committed to a second run he wouldn't have made. The gamble almost paid of as Nesbitt reached his first ever fifty in the final over, finishing unbeaten on 57 but with 16 needed only 9 runs were acheived and a spirited chase resulted in a 7 run defeat.

Man of the Match: Peter Nesbitt

Tuesday 22nd June 2010

Eagles stomp on the Spiders

On another baking hot day at Pont the 'Eagles' looked to win back to back matches in the NEMWL for the first time. Losing the toss against the Black Widows they unsurprisingly opted to bat first. A combination of poor calling for a quick single and the reactions of "Ponteland's top fielder" two time Roy Storer Fielding Trophy winner Jonny Appleby saw an easy run-out off just the second ball of Keith Crerar's opening over. Two balls later Chris Barlow took a catch at a deeper than normal mid-off to leave the innings in tatters after just four balls. Crerar then bowled Dunn (4) and Appleby at midwicket added a catch to his collection in Crerar's next (3-17) and when Stuart Taylor (1-7) bowled the number 6, Duhrin (1) the score was 27-5.

Tom Common on his birthday and Andy Denyer bowled the next 4 overs between them and conceded an evenly split 34 as the innings crept above fifty. The partnership was finally broken by Roger Bell with Wall bowled for 21, then moments later Jeffreys was dismissed in the same manner, as Rog's demon offspin also broke the bail! Captain Craig Moffat then dismissed the top scorer A.Dunn (26), again bowled and Bell (3-13) and Moffat (2-8) ended the innings on 87.

Ponteland's openers Appleby and Matty Bell (no relation) started carefully but soon got into their stride, Bell scoring fluently through the off-side with some powerful drives. The target needed to be reached before the end of the 11th over to claim maximum batting points and although both batsman gave chances with skied catches the fielders were unable to take them and the 10 wicket win was duly completed, Bell unbeaten on 42 and Appleby 38.

The opposition voted Keith Crerar as Man of the Match.

The 10 points takes Ponteland up to 41 points in the league and should keep us just behind the top four depending on other results. League Table (last weeks 8 point win over Corinthians is missing from the online table)

Monday 1st June 2010

2XI cross the Burn

Ponteland 2nd XI continued their recent revival with their third consecutive win, this time by four wickets over Seaton Burn. Often described as the bogey ground of the side, with no win recorded their since 2004, Ponteland put to bed their recent hoodoo with a convincing performance. Having won the toss, skipper Chris Morgan elected to field on an extremely windy day, with the traditional green wicket at the Welfare Ground looking like it would favour the bowlers.

And the decision looked to be the correct one as Pont ripped through the top order of the home side, as John Gardner claimed two of the victims, as they slumped to 2-3. John Hill got the other wicket. The hosts then launched a counter attack with Darren Carr - often a thorn in the side of Pont, hitting some menacing blows off Hill as he was ably supported by left handed Richard Kyle as the score increased somewhat.

A change of bowling for Pont seemed to work though as Dave Waters dismissed Carr, caught by Andy Morgan at mid off before the quick wickets of Dixon to Waters and Waite to Gardner followed. In trouble at 80-6, the Burn soon shut up shop with the defensive tactics of Kyle and Whetzel frustrating the Ponteland fielders. After a lengthy partnership, it took an outstanding diving catch at cover from Andy Denyer off the bowling of Jonny Furness to dismiss Kyle before Denyer himself took the wicket of the quickly departed Hussain. The Burn finished on a respectable 149 all out as Hill and Denyer took the last two wickets to give Ponteland maximum bowling points for the fourth consecutive match.

In reply, Ponteland openers Will Urwin and Paul Higginbottom got the innings off to a solid start putting on 37 for the first wicket before Higginbottom was unlucky to play on for 10. Parag Chauhan soon followed him back second ball as the Pont's dismal run against Seaton Burn looked set to continue. Veteran Andy Morgan and Urwin soon steadied the ship though and at 75-2, Ponteland were firmly in control. But both were dismissed again in quick succession as the innings see-sawed in an out of control of both sides. It was up to Alex McLean, Dave Waters and John Gardner to see the side over the line though as a succession of hard hit boundaries from all three players took Pont to an ultimately comfortable victory by four wickets, as the winning run came off a wide with ten overs to spare.

This victory now means that after a disappointing start to the season, the side now find themselves on the periphery of the promotion places. With a crunch double header weekend coming up, exactly what can be achieved this season will be made clearer after these two fixtures.

Report by Chris Morgan


So close for the U18s

On a sunny, hot monday evening under 18's captain Ashley Parker lost the toss and Bedlington elected to bat. Ben Lott took the new ball along side Scott MacMasters who was making his first appearence in two seasons for Ponteland. Lott struck early dismissing two of Bedlingtons key dangermen bowling a very tight spell. MacMasters then dismissed the remaining opening bat with an outswinging delivery which took the edge and was brilliantly caught low down by Dom Smith at 1st slip. The Bedlington middle order then steadied the ship with two solid innings with very few chances being given. A further wicket was taken by Robbert Hall with an inswinging yorker that put Ponteland back in with a shout of the game. The last ball of Bedlington's innings saw a runout taking Bedlington's score after 20 overs to 111-6.

Will Urwin and Graham Adamson got ponteland off to a fast start as the 1st over saw 11 runs but Urwin was dismissed moments later with the score on 13. This brought Dom Smith to the crease who had been struggling for form and in the next over Adamson got a good delivery which nipped back bowling him for 0. Lott fresh off his 50 for the friendly side the day before seemed to be in great form as he momentarily carted the Bedlington opening attack to all parts reaching a very fast 12. Smith was then run out for 5 trying to alternate the strike. Robert Hall was the next in and he battled through the heat adding a very needed steady innings to the Ponteland score. Lott was soon dismissed for 12 by a good seeming delivery from the Bedlington opening bowler. Skipper Ashley Parker then arrived in the middle to support Hall who was still scoring freely boosting the Ponteland total. Parker showed the team why he was in up the order as he gave hall the strike playing a wide array of orthadox and unorthadox shots untill Hall was dismissed for a very solid 37. A minor collapse then took place in the Ponteland camp until under 15 Mark Waters in at 9 showed why he should be moved up the order taking Ponteland to 105-9 with 3 overs remaining. He was joined by MacMasters in the middle but unfortunately fell 2 runs short as there was an attempt at a quick single to get waters on strike meaning Ponteland fell 2 runs short of the required 111.

Man of the match was given to Robert Hall.

Report by Will Urwin

Sunday 20th June 2010

The Sunday side finally got some decent weather and responded magnificently against Victorians. Winning the toss skipper Chris Barlow had no hesitation in batting first and the openers got off to a solid, if slightly fortuitous start as Under-18 Will Urwin was dropped twice in the opening overs. Dave Waters (20) was the first to go with 71 on the board and Will mixed a series of edges with some powerful hitting and some high class shots. Having raced to his fifty off just 48 balls he then accelerated but as the innings mid-point arrived the drinks break appeared to finish off his concentration and he offered up 3 consecutive catching chances, the third was taken and his innings ended on 80, with the score on 137. Stuart Taylor then rocketed the score in the next two overs before being stumped for 47.

Debutant Faisal Padikaran was run out off the first ball he faced but Under-18 Ben Lott and Neil Pinnock (11) added a further 24 before Neil was out lbw. Lott continued to bat fluently and was the dominant partner in a 6 over stand of 44 with Chris Barlow, reaching his first senior fifty off just 36 balls before being stumped next ball. Number 8 Jack Schofield then took over, encouraged by his captain to initially play himself in he scored 26 off his first 22 balls before launching a devestating attack in the final four overs after Barlow (14) was dismissed. He scored 34 off the next 11 he faced to record his first Ponteland fifty as U15 Mark Waters (4*) shared in a 48 run partnership and scored his first senior runs. Schofield (60) was dismissed with 1 ball remaining which gave U15 Oli Parker (1*) the chance to score his first senior run off the final delivery as the Sunday team recorded its highest ever score with 303-8 off 40 overs.

In response Victorians skipper Bradshaw took an aggressive approach punishing some early width from Mark Waters before hitting a low full toss from Parker (2-16) to Taylor at extra cover in the second over. The two then combined again two overs later to dismiss the second opener for 14. Mark Waters (1-18) then bowled Kahil and after the two juniors had finished the first 8 overs the score sat on 34-3. Schofield (0-15) bowled a tight 4 overs spell but it was Ross Harrington who ended any remote hopes Victorians had of challenging as he returned his best figures for Ponteland with 3-21, 14 of which came from his sixth and final over. Lott (2-5) bowled the number 8 and then dismissed the number 4 Asif (17) who had held off the attack while 5 wickets fell. Padikaran (1-1) then claimed the ninth wicket before catching the final batsman off Pinnock (1-5) as the innings crashed to 89 in 23.1 overs, the last 7 wickets falling in just 10 overs.

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Its been a busy weekend for statistics and records. Both the total of 303-8 and the 214 run victory margin are Sunday team records. Not including debutant Faisal, there were also 8 club personal bests, Ben Lott, Mark Waters, Oli Parker (bat and ball), Jack Schofield (bat) and Ross Harrington (ball), the highest in 1 game bar the first season the club reformed after World War II.

The 2XI holds the highest score for Ponteland with 313-3 against Whickham in 2006 and the biggest margin of 228 runs against Stobswood in 1989 although they had 45 and 50 overs in those matches. The 1XI's only league score over 300 came in defeat against Kirkley chasing 327-6, although they also recorded 306-5 in a cup match against Lanchester.

The record score conceded was on a double weekend created by the bizarre decision of the league to cancel matches earlier in the season for Princess Diana's funeral. The Cowgate game on the Sunday saw the Second XI have only 9 players (after also only having 9 the day before against Wallsend and conceding 270).

Scores over 300 in Ponteland Games
Team Opponent
Score
Overs
RPO
Venue
Date
Result
2XI Gosforth Park (Cowgate)
334-8 (opp)
50
6.68
Away
21/06/1998
Lost
1XI Lanchester
329-5 (opp)
50
6.58
Home
09/07/2005
Lost
1XI Kirkley
327-6 (opp)
50
6.54
Home
26/05/2001
Lost
2XI Lanchester
318-5 (opp)
45
7.07
Away
07/06/2003
Lost
2XI Whickham
313-3
45
6.96
Home
10/06/2006
Won
1XI Kirkley
308
48.5
6.31
Home
26/05/2001
Lost
1XI Lanchester
306-5
40
7.65
Away
11/06/2006
Won
Sunday Victorians
303-8
40
7.56
Home
20/06/2010
Won
2XI Newcastle City
301-6 (opp)
50
6.02
Home
12/07/1997
Lost
1XI Bedlington
300-7 (opp)
50
6.00
Home
15/07/1989
Lost

Chris Barlow has joined a select group of Captains at Ponteland after passing 100 games in charge of the Sunday team. After taking charge towards the end of the 1998 season from John Jessop, Chris has had two spells as the elected captain 1999-2001 and again since 2005, although as a result of Phil Barlow's work commitments he was also captain for most of 2004. The captaincy has alternated with Neil Pinnock since 2009. Chris has also captained more players for the Club than anyone else with Sundays debutant Faisal Padikaran being the 152nd.

100 Games as Captain for the Same Team
Team
Games
Won
Lost
Tied / Drawn
Completed
% Won
% Lost
Abandoned
Andy Morgan
1XI
234
124
98
4
226
55
43
8
Mike Watts
1XI
206
122
75
5
202
60
37
4
Geoff Appleby
2XI
160
72
80
0
152
47
53
8
Andy Lawson
Midweek
112
39
69
1
109
36
63
3
Chris Barlow
Friendly
101
58
31
1
90
64
34
11

Note: Stuart Taylor captained 93 1XI games between 2004 and 2008 recording 41 wins, 43 losses, 1 draw and eight abandoned.

Saturday 17th June 2010

Ponteland's First Eleven looked to return to winning ways following the poor performance at Backworth last Saturday against Seaton Burn at home in a fixture sponsored by Michael Offord's Opticians. Winning the toss Ponteland chose to bat first on an excellent looking pitch, with Matt Darwood returning to the side, Paul Higginbottom returning to the Seconds and James Ritzema a late replacement for the injured Craig Moffat. Wayne Ritzema and Darwood opened the innings and after a cautious start against the opening bowlers became increasingly fluent against the change bowlers.

Having scored just 92 the week before this score was passed without the loss of a wicket as Ritzema reached his first fifty for Ponteland off 75 balls and the 100 partnership was posted in the 26th over. With the partnership on 129 Ritzema was caught at deep square leg off Wright for 85, a shot on any other ground that would have been a six. Darwood (55) then reached his first fifty of the season before being bowled by Wright (2-51). James Ritzema and captain James Ealey kept the score moving before Ealey (12) was lbw and Tom Common (1) both fell to White. James Ritzema was then caught for a Ponteland best of 36 and Jonny Appleby (5) also fell in the push for quick runs at the end of the innings. Dan Wright (11*) helped push the final score to 219-6 with a straight six in the final over.

With the sun breaking through the clouds Ed Common then produced a devastating opening ten over spell with Karunarate lbw for 0 and Alderson caught at extra cover in Common's next over by Richard Moller again for 0. Herbert and Lyall produced some resistance and pushed the score up to 51 before Herbert was excellently caught at gully by Darwood for 17 and Coleman was bowled two balls later for 0 to leave the innings on 51-4, Common with 4-18 off 10 overs. Ealey had replaced Howard Wright in the 14th over and after an expensive opening over then had Lyall (28) stunningly caught by Moller at extra cover, a two handed diving catch with his body completely off the ground. In his next over Carr was dropped off a skier at point by James Ritzema before he chipped one low back to Ealey (2-39) who held onto another excellent catch just off the ground, leaving the innings at 57-6.

A defensive rearguard then follwed between White and Weldon as Seaton Burn settled into a period of accumulation and no wickets fell between the 18th and 39th overs as the score crept along to 98, a few aerial shots clearing fielders and Ealey spilling a simpled catch at mid-off. After such a quiet spell the game suddenly jumped into life again as Ponteland tore through the lower order, 4 wickets falling for just one run (a no-ball) in 11 balls. Howard Wright made the breakthrough, trapping Weldon lbw for 11, then Duncan McGregor (2-13 off 10 overs) stepped in with two wickets in two balls as Moller took his third catch to dismiss top scorer White for 31 and Wright lbw first ball. Howard Wright (2-27) finished the innings with a fourth catch to Moller, as the last man drove firmly and was well caught at extra cover.

Ponteland 219-6 (W.Ritzema 85, M.Darwood 55, J.Ritzema 36, White 3-26) Seaton Burn 99 (A.White 31, E.Common 4-18, R.Moller 4 catches)
Points Ponteland 20, Seaton Burn 3

Scoring Charts

Two stats worthy of mention from this game. Duncan McGregor is the first bowler to reach 200 wickets in the NTSL for Ponteland's first team since our move to the league in 2002. In all first eleven league matches he now has 469 wickets and is currently third on the all time list, five behind Jeff Oliver in second.

 
Overs
Mdn
Runs
Wkts
Best
5 Wkts
Econ
Avge
Duncan McGregor
1172.5
248
3952
200
8-78
8
3.37
19.76
John Gardner
1304.3
232
4787
196
6-91
8
3.67
24.42
Jonny Appleby
850.4
166
3041
137
6-18
2
3.57
22.20

Since 1950, when our detailed records begin, and the start of this season there had been just two instances where outfielders had taken four catches in an innings for the first eleven. Richard Moller was the second this season to take four after Paul Higginbottom took four at 1st slip two weeks ago against Cowgate.

League
Catches
Opposition
Venue
Date
NL
5
Carl Bevan
Corbridge
Away
08/07/2000
NL
4
Bill Roddham
D.H.S.S
Away
16/08/1986
NTSL
4
Paul Higginbottom
Cowgate
Home
05/06/2010
NTSL
4
Richard Moller
Seaton Burn
Home
19/06/2010

Thursday 17th June 2010

On a glorious sunny evening the 3XI faced off against Newcastle City at Broadway West looking to move a step closer to making the top six play-offs with skipper Simon Raw having to keep for the first time since May 2007 . Batting first Newcastle City's openers made a steady start before John Hill (1-27) bowled Brar for 20. Alan Varley produced a tight spell conceding just 19 off his five overs but the bowlers struggled to make inroads and the second wicket didn't fall until the score was 96 when Phil Hall (1-39) bowled Hussain for 42. Several uncharacteristic dropped catches in a sloppy fielding display didn't help and City finished with a competitive 122-2 off the 20 overs, which Ponteland bowled in just 60 minutes.

In reply Ponteland made a sluggish start with openers Peter Nesbitt (7) and Neil Pinnock (1) falling early on. James Ottaway's aggressive tactics towards some gentle spin bowling quickly got the innings back up to the rate, his 24 coming off just 15 balls. Jon Varley (7), Maty Bell (4) fell relatively quickly but Matt Smart and Simon Raw kept the team in touch with the asking rate before Smart (15) was bowled by youngster S.Singh whose 6 overs for just 14 runs looked to have put City in control. With Mukhtar then bowling the 18th over for just 3 runs, 16 were required off just 2 overs. Raw and Phil Hall managed to keep the runs coming though, getting 8 off the next and when Hall (7*) flicked 3 off the penultimate ball the scores were tied. Frustratingly for Raw (32*) he failed to get any bat on the final delivery and the keeper standing up was able to hold on to the ball and the game finished as a tie.

Newcastle City 122-2 (F.Hussain 42, A.Mukhtar 44) Ponteland 122-6 (S.Raw 32*, J.Ottaway 24)

The game also saw another Ponteland debut, as electronic scoring was used for the first time. Here are the first ever Ponteland batting waggon wheels.

Scoring Charts

Tuesday 15th June 2010

The 'Eagles' resumed their NEMWL campaign after last weeks defeat to Kings School with a return to Heaton Medicals this time to take on BA's Corinthians. Early on run scoring proved difficult, when Neil Pinnock was bowled for 1 with the score on 12, ten of those had come in extras. Andy Denyer (3), Roger Bell (4) fell as well and at the midway point of the innings Ponteland sat on just 38-3. Ponteland's batsmen then contributed to their own demise with Chris Morgan run out for 0 and Chris Barlow run out without facing after an initial call for 2 runs was changed too late. Ealey and Appleby then took the score to 71 before Appleby chipped one back to the bowler and Tom Common and Keith Crerar were both bowled without the score changing. The remaining five overs however saw Ealey and skipper Craig Moffat rescue the innings with an unbroken partnership of 52. Ealey finished on 56 and Moffat 22 as Ponteland fell just five runs short of securing both batting points.

In reply BA's innings started like a rocket, Clough was extremely aggressive, especially to Jonny Appleby (0-27) in his first two overs of the season after a shoulder injury. When Tom Common bowled the other opener for just 3 in the fifth over the score was already on 44. Common then took the second wicket as well and Chris Morgan stumped Coles off Crerar (1-18) before Common (3-21) took his third wicket, all bowled, dismissing Clough for 52. With the game in the balance though it was the spin of Andy Denyer that proved crucial as the batsmen struggled with his turn and he conceded just 5 in his first two overs and took a wicket, Ealey (1-13) then dismissed Case but as the final over began Corinthians required 10 to win. Moffat ran out Hiscock for 21 off the first delivery then Morgan took his second stumping as Burnip went down the wicket to give Denyer (2-8) his second. Three singles were conceded off the remaining 5 balls and a six run win to the Eagles to push us back onto the fringes of the promotion race. Next up the Black Widows at home on Tuesday 22nd June

Ponteland 123-8 (J.Ealey 56*, C.Moffat 22*, J.Case 3-37) BA Corinthians 117-8 (N.Clough 52, T.Common 3-21, A.Denyer 2-8) Ponteland 8 points, Corinthians 3

For anyone wondering the team has been branded the Eagles by skipper Craig Moffat in honour of Club Captain James Ealey and the Sunday Sun's constant inability to get his name right in the paper!

Monday 14th June 2010

Another stat snippet today after Sunday's rain-off. As many already know (those who have him as a friend on Facebook probably dread the updates after every game) Under 18 player Will Urwin has had an extremely successful start to the season. By the end of May he had reached exactly 400 runs in all senior games, the 10th time this has been achieved.

Only two players have reached 400 just for 1 team, Brett Elliott with 526 1XI league runs in 1991 and Lloyd Anderson with 435 in 2006. In both cases they set club and league records for runs in a season, Brett with 1,066 and Lloyd 1,200, Lloyd's record still stands at both league and club levels.

   
Inn
No
Runs
HS
50
100
Avge
1XI L
1XI C
2XI L
2XI C
M'wk
NEMWL
F
1980 A.Morgan
16
1
423
110*
1
1
28.20
7
3
6
1984 A.Morgan
11
2
452
97
4
50.22
5
3
3
1987 A.Morgan
12
1
432
87*
4
39.27
8
4
1991 B.Elliott
10
4
704
139*
5
2
117.33
8
1
1
1994 L.Stewart
13
2
424
106*
1
1
38.55
6
2
5
2001 G.Irvin
11
1
449
127
2
1
44.90
6
2
5
2002 L.Anderson
11
0
424
134
1
1
38.55
6
5
2004 L.Anderson
9
1
436
108
3
1
54.50
5
4
2006 L.Anderson
8
0
526
128
3
2
65.75
6
2
2010 W.Urwin
10
1
400
82
4
44.00
3
1
2
1
3

Prior to this Will had managed 110 runs in 19 innings since his Ponteland debut and is the only junior to have reached this mark.

Sunday 13th June 2010

The frustrating Sunday season continued with the home fixture against Davipart rained off, the side has only played 4 out of 9 fixtures so far.

A further note on the Father and Son combinations, Peter Jones has been in touch via the website. He never played in the 1XI or 2XI with his father Allan but knew that they had played together for Pont. A quick bit of research showed that they played together in at least 2 friendlies and 4 midweek fixtures between 1967 and 1969. (Several scorebooks from this era are missing so there may have been more).

Saturday 12th June 2010

Pont batting Layt to rest

After the emphatic victory the week before the 1st Eleven came crashing down to earth with the trip to Backworth. The team showed two changes with both Stuart Taylor and Howard Wright unavailable and replaced by the returning Andy Morgan and Dave Waters called up from the seconds.

Losing the toss on a green wicket Ponteland scored 12 off the first two overs before Paul Higginbottom (3) was adjudged lbw. After the relatively quick start runs dried up, the top order all getting starts with Wayne Ritzema (12), James Ealey (13), Tom Common (18) and Andy Morgan (14) but scoring was slow and when all 5 had been dismissed Ponteland sat on just 79 in the 36th over. The two opening bowlers had completed their fifteen over allocations but the middle and lower order succumbed to Layton who returned outstanding figures of 7-13 off 7.2 overs, the last 7 wickets falling for just 25 runs and a target of just 92 was set.

In reply Ponteland's opening bowlers bowled tightly but failed to take any wickets but in the 12th over with the score on 38 Duncan McGregor (2-23) claimed the first with an lbw and then Ritzema completed a sharp legside stumping to get the second. Tom Common then pulled off an outstanding diving off Waters (1-19) but at that point the score was 86 in the 29th over and Backworth completed the win 2 overs later.

Ponteland 92 (K.Layton 7-13) Backworth 96-3 Backworth 20 points, Ponteland 1

Hill Back's them up

Ponteland 2nd XI continued where they left off from last week with a convincing display to overcome Backworth by six wickets.
 
The hero for Ponteland was John Hill, who after Ponteland won the toss and elected to bowl, ripped through the Backworth top order with a devastating spell of 5-18 from his 13 overs. It was well deserved for Hill, who has bowled well this season without getting much luck. Hill had Backworth on the ropes from the off and had it not been for the resistance of opening batsman Collins, his side may have been well short of the modest total of 75 which they set Ponteland to chase. While Hill was making hay at one end, at the other, the variations of Andy Denyer had his opponents in a spin as he claimed equally impressive figures of 4-12 from his 8 overs as Backworth collapsed. Wayne Denham took the final wicket as the visiting team to Ponteland were dismissed in just 33 overs.
 
In reply however, despite chasing only a short total, it was not all plain sailing for Pont who lost Will Urwin in the first over for 2. Parag Chauhan and Dan Wright then steadied the ship but a mini collapse occurred after Wright, Peter Nesbitt and Jonny Furness were all dismissed in quick succession. Despite the wobble, the result was rarely in doubt for the home side and after John Gardner continued his good form by smashing 18 from 9 balls, Parag stayed with him to guide the side home to a very comfortable and early (3.30pm!) finish.

Report by Chris Morgan

In taking five wickets for just 18 runs John Hill recorded his career best figures for Ponteland, surpassing his 5 for 38 against Bomarsund back in 1991. He also becomes only the eighth player to take 150 wickets in the 2XI.

  Wickets
G.Appleby 350
D.DeVere 340
K.Crerar 307
G.Russell 231
J.Gardner 210
R.Fairweather 153
C.Barlow 153
J.Hill 152

Friday 11th June 2010

The U15s winless season continued today at Backworth although they did produce a much improved performance with the ball and in the field. Batting first on a green wicket the inexperienced top order struggled, with the majority of the 8 wickets to fall all dismissed bowled the batsmen often stepping back to expose their stumps. From 15-4 Dan Gallacher (5) and Oli Parker (6) put together a small partnership but both fell in quick succession and the side slipped to 32-6. Adam Lawson and Damien Cooke then batted solidly for the majority of the remaining overs before Cooke was stumped and Ponteland ended on 52-8.

In reply Charlie Machell with 3 wickets, 2 bowled and 1 caught by Cooke and Oli Parker (1) reduced the Backworth innings to 33-4 off 9 overs but the target was just too low to defend and despite Marc Dixon taking the fifth wicket Backworth completed the win in the 15th over.

Thursday 10th June 2010

The 3XI boosted their chances of a top six finish against bottom of the table Morpeth with a comfortable victory today. After putting Morpeth into bat Ponteland were soon amongst the wickets as Alan Varley (1-24) struck in his 1st over. Jonny Furness (2-15) bowled tidily at the other end as big shots were mixed in with regular wickets. It was the change bowlers that took a strangle hold on the game though as Robert Hall and Andy Denyer tore through the lower order, father and son uniting for Robert's first as his father Phil, making his seasonal debut, took the catch as part of a strong Ponteland fielding display. Peter Nesbitt and Jon Varley also holding good catches. Hall (3-11) and Denyer (3-15) dismissed Morpeth in the 18th over for just 73.

There was however time for a 'comedy moment of the season contender' after Andy Denyer palmed a catch over the boundary for six then on throwing the ball back in he lost his balance and ended up flat on his back right next to the 1XI net practice. John Gardner found it highly amusing!

In reply Ponteland lost an early wicket as skipper Simon Raw was bowled for 7 but Matty Bell (27) and Jon Varley (22*) put Pont in site of victory before a mixup saw Bell runout. Phil Hall (5*) helped Varley take the side to victory in the 16th over.

Morpeth 73 (R.Hall 3-11, A.Denyer 3-15, J.Furness 2-15) Ponteland 74-2 (M.Bell 27, J.Varley 22*) Ponteland 6 points, Morpeth 0

Before anyone else asks there have been numerous occasions where its been caught father bowled son or vise versa. Phil and Robert have completed the set as Robert caught one off Phil in the 2XI in 2008 against Consett. Mike and Chris Barlow and Alan and Jon Varley have also 'done the double' in recent history.

Wednesday 9th June 2010

A young and relatively inexperienced U11 team has had a harsh introduction to the wonderful world of real cricket with a hard ball, pads, helmets and boxes.  Most of the boys are U10 and in their first match against Tillside on Sunday 23rd May they were up against much more experienced boys.  Tillside batted first and scored 90 runs for two times out giving them a nett score of 278 (both teams start on 200).  Chris Jeffrey took both Tillside wickets.  Ponteland scored 67 runs but were out ten times giving them a nett total of 207.  Thomas Reeman with 17 (once out) and Ryan Gerrard 15 (once out) top scored for Ponteland.

Their second game was against Tynemouth in the cup.  Ponteland batted first and made a promising start putting on 28 runs for the first two pairs.  Unfortunately the later pairs came unstuck and were out several times giving Ponteland a nett score of 201.  When Tynemouth batted they were only just ahead after 3 pairs had batted having been out 4 times.  However, their final pair batted confidently and made the game safe finishing with a nett score of 254.  Some of the Ponteland fielding was excellent and the boys will grow in confidence now that they have a couple of games behind them.

Report by Andrew Reeman

Monday 7th June 2010

Pictures of the double rainbow by Duncan McGregor from the Thursday night game against Backworth last week.

Sunday 6th June 2010

Having arrived at Priors Park for the fixture against KSTOB under leaden skies it was no surprise when the drizzle started. The game was quickly cut back to 20 overs a side and they scored 120-5, wickets for Dave Waters (2), Adam Wilkin, Jack Schofield and Charlie Machell. After a strong start in increasingly farcial conditions Tom Common (12) was first to go and a steady stream of wickets followed as it was imposible to hit boundaries in the wet conditions. Regular wickets fell and several suggestions that it was time to give it up were knocked back by the fielding side and the game ended in a monsoon, Dave Waters completing his first fifty for the club finishing unbeaten on 62 as Ponteland fell 8 runs short on 112-8.

Saturday 5th June 2010

The 1XI took on Cowgate looking to kick start their season after 3 games without a win. The team showed two changes from the Alnwick game with Wayne Ritzema returning to the side and Paul Higginbottom promoted from the 2XI following 62 against Alnwick the previous week. In a match sponsored by Anderson & Garland Cowgate won the toss on a warm but hazy day and without hesitation chose to bat. Ponteland's opening bowling attack kept the Cowgate batsmen under control, the main source of runs early on from a constant flow of no-balls from Craig Moffat and an unlucky set of overthrows when James Ealey's run-out attempt clipped the top of the stumps after the batsmen reached his ground and flew away for 4 runs. With the score on 17 Ed Common found the edge of Balasandrum's bat and Higginbottom held an outstanding catch at 1st slip. 10 runs later the remaining opener, Kak, tried to hit Common over the top and back pedalling at extra cover Richard Moller held another difficult chance. Common (3-13) then claimed the 3rd wicket of his opening spell as Anderson tried to leave a ball which somehow cannoned off his thigh pad into off stump. With Wright replacing Moffat after 4 overs it was Wright's away swing that took centre stage, regular wickets falling with two more slip catches for Higginbottom and another catch for Moller although Tom Common dropped one with what was described by the fines convenor as a "Billy Elliott moment". With the whole of the side appealing for an lbw Higginbottom kept his eye on the ball however, pulling off his fourth catch at first slip, again off Wright who claimed his fifth next ball with an lbw. Wright (5-24) then failed to claim his hat-trick when he bowled yet another no-ball. Moffat (1-24) claimed his first wicket of the game with an edge taken by keeper Ritzema, which was again heading for Higginbottom! A mix up in the running between the final pair gave Richard Moller the opportunity to end the innings with a run out and Cowgate were dismissed for just 64 in 28.2 overs, a total boosted by 15 no balls which equalled the highest score by a batsman in their innings. Higginbottom's 4 catches as an outfielder is the most in an innings by a Ponteland player since joining the Tyneside Senior League.

With the first innings ended so quickly the game resumed straight away with tea still an hour away. Ritzema and Higginbottom opened the innings, with fifty overs to reach the target they adopted a safety first approach, their target clearly being to reach the target without losing a wicket. When tea came the innings sat at 37, Higginbottom dropped in the slips off the only chance, and after the break Ritzema was also put down in the same area but the two saw the side home in the 21st over without any further chances to give Ponteland the maximum points in a 10 wicket win.

Cowgate 64 (E.Common 3-13, H.Wright 5-24, P.Higginbottom 4 catches) Ponteland 65-0 (P.Higginbottom 31*, W.Ritzema 24*) Ponteland 20 points, Cowgate 0

The Second XI finally ended their run of five games without a victory with an excellent victory over Cowgate - easily the side's best performance of the season to date.
 
On a warm day, skipper Morgan continued his dismal run with the coin and with a flat wicket having been prepared at Cowgate, the home side unsurprisingly elected to bat. It was a decision that looked to pay off as despite some tight bowling by John Gardner and Ponteland debutant Jack Schofield, the opening pair of Imtaiz and Moss got Cowgate off to a steady start. When Moss was dropped by Morgan standing up to Gardner, it looked like it might be another one of those days for Pont but fortunately for them, Gardner atoned for his captain's error two balls later by bowling the the left hander for 13. With Schofield failing to make a breakthrough, Dave Waters was brought into the attack and made an almost immediate impact as Kanimetla was caught superbly in the slips by Gardner before Imran was dismissed LBW first ball. Water then took the wickets of Imtaiz and Shah to leave the home side in trouble at 80-5. A strong partnership between Pakanti and Bokhari then followed with both players playing in typical gung-ho fashion and at 160-5, a score of well over 200 looked on the cards. But, after the second debutant Ben Lott trapped Bokhari LBW and then Morgan stumped Pakanti for 54, the returning Schofield finally got his just reward for his earlier efforts, cleaning up the last three Cowgate wickets as the home side were bowled out for 187.
 
In reply, a new opening partnership of Matt Smart and Will Urwin got Ponteland off to a steady start before Urwin was dismissed LBW for 8. Smart was then joined by Parag Chauhan who was determined to do well against his former club. He batted in typically robust fashion for his 40, but the innings was going far from smoothly for Pont as Smart was dismissed for 24, while Alex McLean fell for a duck. Parag was then joined by youngster Lott, who showed impressive promise with some fine shots in his 26 as the pair put on a useful fourth wicket stand to bring the game back into Ponteland's favour. However, both were dismissed in quick succession and after a cameo 16 from Dave Waters, captain Morgan joined Gardner at the crease with the score at 110-6. Morgan didn't last long either and was soon back in the hutch for 2. As he departed, his words to Gardner were that he was going to have to score the runs himself. Several meaty blows later and the victory looked possible as Gardner took the game to Cowgate, with a succession of hard-hit boundaries. The only doubt was going to be whether or not Gardner would run out of partners but some textbook leaves by Wayne Denham meant the victory became more and more likely as Gardner brought up a richly deserved half century before fittingly hitting the winning runs with a 4 to bring up an excellent victory for Pont.

Report by Chris Morgan

Wednesday 2nd June 2010

Regular followers of Ponteland are well aware of what normally happens after a wet weekend - stat attack. Following Howard and Dan Wright's appearance in the 1XI and Andy & Chris Morgan in the 2XI the question was asked is this the first time a father and son combination have appeared in both teams on the same day. The easy answer (Statto was absent from the discussion) is no. On 6 occasions Andy & Chris have been in the 1XI when Mike & Chris Barlow were in the 2XI and of those 6 Phil Barlow also played. Furthermore in those 6 games there was a second father and son combination in the 2XI at the same time with Phil & James Ottaway twice and Geoff and Jonny Appleby once.

Further father and son teams in the 2XI have included Phil Hall with Robert twice with George also appearing in one of those, Alan & Jon Varley and Max & Stuart Taylor also turning out together in 1999 against Hawthorns, Stu probably doesn't want reminding that Max outscored him! Ron, Mike & John Shuttleworth and also Ron & Andrew Fairweather have all appeared together.

One final notable father and son game includes several of those already mentioned. Mike & Chris, Geoff & Jonny, Phil & James and Alan & Jon all appeared in the same 2XI game at Belsay (8 of the team).

Mike Barlow is the only player to date to have been both the son and the father in these combinations having played in the same side as father, Tom, in the 1950s and '60s.

Coming soon - Will Urwin's start to the season - its position in Club history.

Tuesday 1st June 2010

After the fantastic sunny bank holiday monday with no cricket scheduled the miserable wet conditions returned and both fixtures fell victim. Simon Raw lost the coin toss in the Ian Appleby Cup to be knocked out by Ashington while the NEMWL fixture against Stonebridge Spitfires had to be cancelled, the game is re-arranged for Friday 9th July as the Under 15s do not have a game that night.

Sunday 30th May 2010

Persistant morning drizzle and a waterlogged area in the bowlers run up from the rugby pitch end resulted in the Riding Mill fixture having to be cancelled.

Saturday 29th May 2010

The 1XI suffered a watery end to their game at Alnwick at the tea interval having reached 139-8 off their fifty overs, Captain James Ealey recorded the first individual fifty for the 1XI this season with 72.

After a combination of batting collapses and bowling atrocities ruined the Second XI's chances of victory in the past few weeks, this time it was the good old fashioned English weather which thwarted their chances as rain came down on what would have been an almost certain victory against Alnwick.
 
Having lost the toss, Ponteland were put into bat and despite the overcast conditions, made an excellent 247-5 from their 45 overs. Openers Paul Higginbottom and Will Urwin got the side off to the steady start which they had been crying out for for the rest of the season as they put on an excellent opening stand of 116. Higginbottom admitted to the skipper that he was disappointed at being available as he had hoped to be watching Huddersfield Town in the League One play off, but the failings of his beloved Terriers in their semi final against Millwall meant the opener was able to make the most of his afternoon in other fashion as he made a relatively untroubled 62. At the other end, Urwin continued his Bradman-esque start to the season, making his fourth fifty of the campaign (and his Ponteland career!) as the Alnwick bowlers failed to make ends meet. Eventually Urwin was dismissed in the 30th over and after a brief cameo from Keith Crerar and the dismissal of Higginbottom, it was up to Neil Pinnock and John Gardner to stand and deliver in the final 10 overs as the score accelerated rapidly - Pont adding an incredible 130 from their final 15 overs. Pinnock made a quick fire 29 (including running 3 3s!) and 'Decker' delivered some typically feisty blows as he rushed to 49 in just 28 balls before he was dismissed on the last ball of the innings just one short of his half century.
 
Unfortunately for Pont, the last 15 overs of their innings were played in what was becoming increasingly persistent rain. With no umpires, the two captains agreed after tea that they would give it a go and after Mark Waters made an early breakthrough, caught by debutant Dom Smith, the decision to go out looked to have paid off. But the rain failed to subside and after mud was splattering in wicketkeeper Morgan's face as the batsman tapped his bat and the ball started to resemble an egg as it picked up moisture on the outfield, the unfortunate yet ultimately correct decision was made to call a halt to proceedings that were never restarted as Ponteland's newly installed climate cover was put to use and the game called off with Alnwick 10-1.

Report by Chris Morgan

Wednesday 26th May 2010

Heavy rain brought the first cancellation of the season today, the NEMWL fixture against KSTOB. The fixture has to be re-arranged and with both sides out of (or in Ponteland's case not in) the cup Wednesday 9th June is the likely date.

Sunday 23rd May 2010

Another glorious sunny day saw the Sunday team skipper win the toss and choose to bat first against Blagdon. The game should have had a dramatic start as Will Urwin was dropped off the second delivery but it was opening partner Chris Morgan (3) who finally fell first with the score on 10. Urwin and Richard Moller rode some further luck as the score slowly crept to 73 at the 20 over mark. The release of pressure came with the switch from seamers to spinners and the innings accelerated from that point. Both batsmen reached their fifties then passed their highest scores for the club before Will fell first on 82, the stand of 136 the highest ever against Blagdon (and only the second century stand for Ponteland in this fixture). Stuart Taylor then scored a quickfire 40 off 23 balls before his dismissal, caught at long-off, sparked a mini collapse with 4 wickets falling in 3 overs as Moller (71) and Neil Pinnock (6) both fell to exactly the same dismissal as Taylor trying to hit down the ground into the wind. Debuting Under 15 Charlie Machell (1) was bowled and the innings ended on 223-7 off 40 overs when Dave Waters holed out trying to hit the final delivery out the ground, Chris Barlow remaining unbeaten on 4, Hughes claiming 5-36.

In reply U15 Oliver Parker took the first wicket and despite an early onslaught which saw 67 off the first 10 overs once Keith Crerar had dismissed Hughes for 35 Ponteland were able to exert some control over proceedings. Waters (2-22) claimed two middle order wickets before once again the introduction of a spinner changed the game. This time unlike the acceleration of the Ponteland innings Pinnock (3-31) pushed Blagdon further behind the rate with Truscott stumped by Urwin off his first over and further wickets to a catch by Crerar and an LBW saw them 7 down. Jack Schofield (1-42) then got his first Ponteland wicket, before Machell (1-6) capped a promising debut performance with an excellent delivery to account for the always dangerous Dave Reay. Parker (2-29) in his second spell finished the game in the final over when Gibson (74) clipped one to deep midwicket where Pinncok took a good catch into the sun to complete a 58 run win.