11th Jul 2023

            Sat 8th July 2023: NEPL Div 2: SNCC v Burnmoor (h)

Burnmoor 124 ao (30.1o) David Armstrong 17, Joe Guest 39, Jack Cumersdale 15, Steven Walt 14, Christian Henderson 13: Allan Davidson 0-27, Gavon Paton 3-30, George Gray 5-27, Sadiq Khan 2-24, Ru Fletcher 0-13, James Lunn 0-1.

SNCC 127-4 (21.1o) Sam Ewart 75, Alex Charnley 9, Angus Southern 1, Alex Weetman 26*, Sadiq Khan 5, James Lunn 5*: James Hewitson 0-30, Christian Henderson 0-19, Steven Walt 2-18, Steven Forster 0-21, Daniel Reed 2-15, Joe Guest 0-29.

SNCC won by 6 wickets - 23 points, Burnmoor 1

A comprehensive win for the 2's in which George Gray took his second '5 for' of the season & Sam Ewart blasted 75 to see the Bulls home in only 21.1 overs, dodging the rain.

With the forecast uncertain the Bulls asked the visitors to bat. Armstrong & Guest faced the right arm seam of Davidson (Grove) & Paton (Park).  A fast start saw 20 after 3 overs but at 25 in the 4th, Armstrong (17,14b 3x4), cutting, was caught by Charnley, diving forward at point, off Gavin.

In the 6th Gavin bowled Wright (2) as he defended & at 45 in the 8th Forster (1), attacking, was caught by George Gray at square leg, also off Gavin, 3 down. In the 9th, George's first, Cole's (2) big drive, skied to mid on where Alex W took the catch.

Gavin's 6 overs showed 3-30 but then In a delightful spell of 11.1 overs, 3 maidens, George bowled unchanged from the Grove end. Flight, variations of pace with turn, & complemented by Sadiq's leg breaks, the pair exercised some control, the total only at 94 after 20 overs with 7 wickets down.

At 68 in the 13th Read (6) sweeping was caught by Alex C  at deep square leg off George, 5 down. Two runs later opener Guest (39,32b,6x4) cutting was nicely caught by Ru, low off Sadiq at first slip.

A partnership of 24 between Cumersdale & Walt (14) ended at 94 in the 20th, when the latter, skied a full toss to be caught by Ru at first slip off Sadiq. In the next over, & 4 runs later, Ru took his third sharp reaction catch at slip, via Sam's arm, this time off George, as Cumersdale (15) drove hard, 98-8.

At 113 in the 27th, Hewitson (13) went back to George but was beaten for pace & bowled & although Henderson hit 3x4, he succumbed to the first ball of the 32nd, when a flat drive to mid on, was juggled & then caught by Sadiq off George, 124 all out.

Sam Ewart (rh) & Alex Charnley (lh) faced the seam of Hewitson & Henderson. Another fast start, 26 from three overs, Sam 25 of them with 5 4 often pulling but also straight. 38 off 7 overs prompted a double bowling change as Forster (rm) & Walt (ob) took over. In the 10th, spinner Walt enticed Alex (9) to advance & miss to be stumped by w/k Cole, 44-1.

Angus (1), carrying an injury to his back, saw a leading edge lob back to bowler Walt in the 10th, 49-2. Sam & Alex W then fashioned a dynamic partnership of 52. Reed (rm) & Guest (rm) entered the attack in overs 15 & 16. 9 from each of the next two, including a 6 to Sam to backward square leg until in the 19th Sam (75, 68b,11x4 1x6) was caught by Wright at deep square leg off Reed, 101-3. An innings of positive intent, taking on the short ball & putting the bowlers under pressure.

17 runs from the 20th as Alex W struck 12, including a 6, pulled to deep square leg from his first ball & Sadiq 4. With rain threatening, in the next over, Sadiq (5), aiming to win with one blow, skied & was caught by w/k Cole off Reed. A boundary to Lunny (5*) & Alex (26*) saw the Bulls home after two balls of the 22nd over.

A comprehensive win which sees the Bulls in 7th place in NEPL Div 2 on 152 points.

Looking ahead:

Sat 15th July NEPL Division 2: SNCC v Newcastle (h) 105o, from 1200.


We hope you can be there to cheer the Bulls on.



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