Northumberland Leagues: Wellstream NTSL batsmen smash the ball to bits

The most emphatic victory of the weekend in the Northumberland Leagues came from Swalwell, who destroyed hosts Leadgate by 177 runs

Cricket action
Cricket action

It wasn’t a day for the bowlers in the Wellstream NTSL as batsmen smashed the ball to all parts.

Three matches featured team totals in excess of 300 and four centuries to savour.

Unsurprisingly, the most emphatic victory came from Swalwell, who destroyed hosts Leadgate by 177 runs after a glorious unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 294 took the champions up to an eye-watering 348-3.

Lee Whitfield joined Chris Hewison at the crease with the score on 55-3 and the pair proceeded to pummel the home attack unmercifully.

Whitfield cracked 15 boundaries and a six in his unbeaten 115, but the imperious Hewison rattled up a double ton.

He ended 207 not out after hitting 25 fours and two sixes.

Whitfield hadn’t finished there though, collecting 4-28 as Leadgate melted away for 151.

Martin Hubber took just 129 balls to lodge his 122 not out for Shotley Bridge, although Stuart Graham provided the fireworks with a 63-ball 89 as the pair shared a fourth-wicket stand of 147, the Bridge lodging a total of 309-4.

Graeme Angus then held his hand up for the bowlers as he blasted out eight Lanchester batsmen to secure a 175-run win for his team.

The third of the three-ton triumvirate was Tynedale as they amassed a formidable 312-7 at Burnopfield.

Ben Maxted was the leading light in this particular show, cracking 16 fours and seven sixes in a bruising innings of 122 scored from just 91 balls faced.

Joe Barber and Tom Cant then shared six wickets as the home team slid to 159 all out to lose by 154 runs.

That defeat cost Burnopfield second place in the table as Annfield Plain crushed Percy Main by eight wickets thanks to a great display of bowling by Neil Killeen.

The former Durham man claimed 7-21 in 15 top-class overs as the Main succumbed for 100.

The formalities were then completed with minimum fuss as openers Phil Shield (44) and Greg Patterson (33) did the spade work.

Lintz suffered a two-wicket home defeat to closest rivals Ryton which left them rooted to the foot of the table and 35 points away from safety.

Half-centuries from Gary Christie and Nick Young put Lintz in with a chance when they set a target of 159-9.

When Ryton’s eighth wicket fell with 30 still required the first win seemed to be within reach.

However, visiting skipper Andy Sutton ‘s unbeaten 21 from the number ten slot hammered a cruel nail into the Lintz coffin.

The top two teams in the Northumberland League, Bedlington and Blagdon Park, forge on.

The Terriers totalled 196-7 in their home game against Bates Cottages, Dan Younger making 66 and brother Chris 44.

The Cottagers’ first four batsmen then mustered just nine runs and after that it was as good as over as Nick Carr drove the leaders to a 100-run success with 3-14.

Blagdon picked up the maximum return from their 48-run win over Kirkley.

CHRIS WEST

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