Winning start for 2's against Boldon

25th Apr 2019

Our second team got off to a winning start against Boldon at home on Saturday. After winning the toss and electing to bat on a flat pitch, South North lost Inti Fazal in the first over without scoring. New captain and vice-captain Ruaidhri Fletcher and Ryan Sidney-Wilmot moved the score to 30 before Fletcher predictably edged to gully for 16. The quick wickets of Sidney-Wilmot (24) and Andrew Doig (1) left the score at 62-4, but Alex Weetman and under 15 Guy Johnson kept the scoreboard ticking before the youngster fell at 111-5 for a patient 11. This brought Ben Sidney-Wilmot to the crease, and he and Weetman had put on 109 for the 6thwicket until the latter fell for an excellent 135 from just 107 balls, making shot making look easy and getting his side out of a potentially difficult situation. Late order runs from Sidney-Wilmot (41*) and Allan Davidson (16*) allowed South North to declare on 259-8 after just 46 overs.                                           

This left Boldon with 59 overs to bat, and it quickly became evident that getting a draw was their sole intention. Wickets were hard to come by on a very flat track, but the returning Patrick Hatcher and Richard Brook dismissed openers Welsh (29) and Smith (26) at 72-2. Kilner was then trapped in front by Hatcher (2-19), before Longstaff and Carroll went about trying to kill the game. The introduction of Andrew Doig to the attack paid off as he bowled with pace to clean bowl Carroll (39) and Owen Hollins (2-33) got Longstaff (13) LBW and Sargon (2) caught at mid-on to give South North the upper hand at 124-6 with 20 overs left. Elsworth and McCord proceeded to play out 6 consecutive maidens to frustrate the home side, before aggressive short bowling from Doig (4-8) removed both batsmen and before having Groombridge caught behind with 12 overs to play to leave the score at 139-9. Richard Brook (2-33) returned to take the final wicket and hand South North a 30-point win.

The second team travel to Blaydon next Saturday (27thApril).

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