28th Aug 2022

    West Tyne League Division 1, Sat 27th August 2022, SNCC 1864 v Stamfordham (h)

SNCC 1864 161- 8 (40 o) Belinda Wewalage 11, Jan Ozmen 60, George McConnell 10, Trudy Johnson 12, George Gray 27, Alan Roskilly 12*: Jack Schofield 3-30, John Riches 1-17, Craig Johnstone 2-28, Graham Adamson 2-39.

Stamfordham 84ao (24.3o) John Riches 23, Isaac Prentice 23, Michael Ramsey 9: Mo Arabi 3-14, Alan Roskilly 0-26, Trudy Johnson 2-10, Patrick Hatcher 2-12, David Cragg 1-7, Albie McPate 0-9, George Gray 1-6.

SNCC 1864 won by 77 runs - 20 points, Stamfordham 5.

Winning the toss, the 1864's chose to bat. Stamfordham were missing their accomplished all rounder Ian Donkin. A good wicket at Greenside had some bounce. Mo Arabi & Belinda Wewalage faced the right arm seam of Schofield & Riches. A positive start saw 20 up after the third over but without addition in the 4th, Arabi (8) drove at Schofield & edged behind for w/k McGrath to take the catch. One over later Wewalage (11) cut a short ball, that bounced a bit, to point where Wallace took the catch.

Jan Ozmen & Guy Johnson played solidly against accurate bowling until at 40 in the 13th Guy (8) was adjudged lbw to Johnstone, 40-3. Sister Trudy (12) was positive striking 2x2 & 2x4 before she inside edged to w/k McGrath off Adamson, 61-4 in the 21st.

George McConnell (10) equally positive, stroked 2,4,4 before he too was caught in the gully by Lithgo off Johnstone, 82-5. Patrick (4) was bowled by Adamson 5 runs later, so at 87-6 after 26 overs, repairs needed. Jan Ozmen & George Gray then put together a composed but productive partnership of 56. George took 8 off Prentice & in the next Jan drove 14 off Adamson, 117-6 after 30.

The total had reached 143 in the 37th when Jan's valuable innings closed (60, 96b, 9x4) bowled by Schofield. In the same over George (27, 37b, 5x4), his highest score in senior cricket, also succumbed, caught by Prentice, 144-8. Alan Roskilly 12*, including two straight driven boundaries, & Albie McPate 4* were busy & the innings closed at 161-8 after 40 overs.

In reply, McGrath & Wallace faced the seam of Mo Arabi & Alan Roskilly. Having hit one 6 McGrath (8) drove expansively at Arabi in the 3rd & was bowled, 8-1. Riches hit 3 x 4 but at 27 in the 7th Wallace (4) fell to superb team catch, Jan in the gully, doing his Nick Pope impression, leaping high to his right & palming the fierce cut off Mo upwards for George, at point, to change direction & take the catch, 27-2.

Schofield (5) hit hard but at 40 in the 9th struck Trudy high to cover where Patrick took the very firm shot above his head, 40-3. 4 runs later Riches (23) was very well caught by Albie at long off, 44-4. Patrick's two overs yielded two wickets. First Adamson (0) was bowled defending one that jagged back & then Johnstone (7) bowled by one that went away off the pitch ! 51-6.....the captain on fire !!

At 62 in the 16th Trudy's tidy 4 over spell (2-10) saw Ramsey (9) bowled defending 7 down. Lithgo (0) was bowled by David Cragg first ball & although Prentice struck a 6, U 15's Albie McPate (4 overs for 9) & George Gray (3.3 overs for 6) bowled overs 18-25 in tandem concluding with George bowling Prentice (23), defending, with the third ball of the 25th over, 9 down, but all out as Donkin had been named on the teamsheet.

20 points for the 1864's & a lot to like about the intensity in the field as catches were taken, scoring shots chased down & stops made.

This victory retains the 1864's 6th place in West Tyne League Division 1 with three games to go. Sat 3rd Sept, Hexham Leazes (a), Sat 10th Sept, Haydon Bridge (h- Greenside) & finally, Sat 17th Sept, Haltwhistle (h- South North). We hope you can be there.



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