2s earn convincing win over youthful Chester-le-Street

30th May 2022

CLS 190-6 (55o) Sam Goodwin 46, Liam Colledge 50, Andrew Summers 29: Allan Davidson 2-8, Gavin Paton 1-25, Ben Hobbs 0-27, James Ruddick 1-53, Sadiq Khan 2-27, Ru Fletcher 0-39.

SNCC 194-2 (41.4o) James Ruddick 83, Alex Charnley 20, Alex Weetman 50*, Angus Southern 17*: Josh Matcalfe 1-32, Andrew Summers 1-24, Jonnie Haswell 0-34.

SNCC won by 8 wickets - 28 points, CLS 2.


A youthful CLS won the toss & chose to bat on a flat, Roseworth Terrace wicket. Allan Davidson struck twice early, Metcalfe caught by w/k Sam Ewart from the second ball of  the innngs & Hindmarsh lbw, 5-2. A good, accurate spell from Allan 7-3-8-2.

Sam Goodwin & Liam Colledge rebuilt steadily against tight bowling until, at 92 Colledge (50) edged Sadiq to slip, where Allan took the catch. At 101 Bell (0) was caught by Alex Charnley at mid off, to give Sadiq's leg breaks a second wicket. 

A Ben Hobbs spell was promising but wicketless. Visiting captain, Andrew Summers (29) departed at 141 caught by Ryan Sid at cover off James Ruddick, & at 144 Goodwin's (46) vigil ended, caught by Charnley at mid off from Gavin Paton. Sam Ewart kept tidily throughout but Cook (17*) & Matthewson (22*) ran well in an undefeated partnership of 46 for the 7th wicket, to post 190-6 in the allowed 55overs.

A sense that the total could have been fewer if the standard of the bowling & fielding in the first half had been replicated in the second.

James Ruddick & Alex Charnley faced the medium pace of Colledge & Days. The opening partnership had reached 69 when Charnley (20) aiming to cut, was bowled by Metcalfe's off spin. Alex Weetman joined Razor (JMR) who drove nicely down the ground & cut strongly, until at 142 he hit a Summers off break, full toss to mid off: 83 runs 7x4, 3x6, a fine innngs.

Angus Southern joined Alex &, running well & rotating the strike, the pair were untroubled in reaching the target in the 42 nd over, Alex 50*, sweeping & pulling, Angus 17*, finding the gaps well. 

28 points to the Bulls, a third consecutive win, 6th place in NEPL Division 2, but a tougher prospect at 3rd placed Ashington on Sat 4th June. We must continue!




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