THE Bomarsund bubble worked a treat in keeping their pitch fit for play, but it did not stop Bates Cottages raining on their parade in the only Northumberland League Premier Division game to start.
Bomar struggled through 26.3 overs in totaling just 89, Gary Bell (25) and Shaun Hudson (24no) the only batsmen making any headway against the Cottagers’ attack in which Gary Dennis (3-30 in 8 overs) and David Cragg (3-17 in 7.3 overs) shone.
Ross Sample then hit five fours and a six in an unbeaten 37 to steer Bates to an eight-wicket victory in only 22 overs.
The win takes them well clear of the danger zone while leaving their beaten opponents staring into the relegation abyss.
In Division One, Blyth virtually assured themselves of the title with an eight-wicket victory over Ulgham.