27th May 2019

A frustrating day at Jesmond on Saturday saw the Bulls dismiss Newcastle for 101 in 35.1 overs only to be thwarted by, earlier than forecast, persistent drizzle from 1532 when the visitors were 47-2 after 9 overs. The game was abandoned at 1845.

Newcastle 101ao (35.1o: Kieran Trevaskis 26: Jonny Wightman 2-33, Sean Tindale 4-19, Lee Crozier 1-22, Oli McGee 3-13, Michael Craigs 0-8)

SN 47-2 (9o: Chris Hewison 16, Sean Tindale 22*: Ross Sinclair 2-16)

SNCC 9 points Newcastle 5.

Newcastle won the toss & chose to bat. Patrick Greishaber & Ross Greenwell faced Jonny Wightman & Sean Tindale. Two maidens set the tone. The score had reached 18 in the 8th when an out of sorts Greenwell (1) mistimed a drive to be very well caught, low down at mid off, by John Graham off Tindale. This became two down in Wightman's next over as Greishaber (17), after three boundaries, was caught on the crease lbw, 18-2.

Alasdair Appleby & Liam Trevaskis also found runs hard to come by. After 12 overs, 6 of which were maidens, the score was 22. Lee Crozier replaced Tindale at the Osborne Road end & in his second over, the 16th, had a visibly frustrated Appleby (5) stumped by Rob Peyton attempting to break the shackles. 39-3. Oli McGee replaced Wightman & the score soon became 41-4 as Liam Trevaskis (11), having survived a confident lbw shout, overbalanced to be very smartly stumped by Peyton off McGee.

At 49 in the 21st over McGee bowled Thompson (8) attempting an ambitious reverse sweep & then had James Carr (0) adjudged lbw, 49-6. Kieran Trevaskis had batted sensibly & launched Crozier for 2 straight sixes in the 28th over. Sinclair (9) had also batted positively until feathering a catch behind off Tindale. 88-7, lunch was taken mid over at 1358.

Ben Quirk joined K Trevaskis (26) but in Wightman's first over the latter miscued a drive to be well caught, again low down at mid off, by John Graham, 88-8. Quirk was bowled by Tindale at the same score in the next over. There followed an entertaining cameo by Daniel McGee (11) who took boundaries off both opening bowlers before succumbing to a catch at deep backward square leg by his brother hooking Tindale, who finished with 4-19. The innings closed at 1442: 101 all out. 15 maidens in 35.1 overs almost doubling the number of maidens bowled in the season so far ! Important!

Simon Birtwisle & Chris Hewison faced Ross Sinclair & Ross Greenwell. A leg stump yorker surprised Birty with the first ball of the innings & Sean Tindale joined Hewison. Fluent boundaries from Hewison(16) had taken the score to 28 in the 7th over when he was adjudged lbw to Sinclair.

John Graham joined Tindale & the latter took 14 off Greenwell's 4th to take the score to 43. A light but persistent  drizzle had become slightly heavier, a cloth was called for at 1527 but one over later at 1532 the players left the field. 47-2 after 9 overs of 74 available.

Despite covering of wicket ends, some mopping of wetness on the covered areas (& with no ground staff availability after 1700), the drizzle persisted to the extent that following three umpires inspections at intervals, no further play was deemed possible & the match was abandoned at 1845. Frustrating for everyone.

With only one Premier Division game completed on Saturday,(Burnmoor defeating Burnopfield), 9 points for SN means a 5 point lead at the top of the Premier Division going into Sat 1st June's home game with Benwell Hill, from 1200. The 1st X1 play Bates Cottages (h) in the Tyneside Charity Bowl on Wednesday 29th May, 1800 & visit Eppleton(a) on Friday 31st May in the second round of NEPL T20 matches, 1800.

The following weekend sees three games: 

Fri 7th June:   Crook (h) 1800, NEPL T20 round 3/5.

Sat 8th June:  Chester-le-Street (a) 1200 NEPL Premier Division (8/22)

Sun 9th June: Richmondshire (a) 1300 in Round 3 of the ECB Royal London Club Championship.

We hope to see you there.



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