Tense fin­ish in rel­e­ga­tion fight

Sunday Sun - - Cricket - Steve Clarke

THE play-off match be­tween Cas­tle Eden and Swal­well in the Read­ers Durham Cricket League/Go North East Northum­ber­land and Ty­ne­side Se­nior League, to see who will play in the Dukes North East Premier League First Di­vi­sion, was post­poned un­til to­day.

In the Northum­ber­land Cricket League Premier Di­vi­sion, Ber­wick knew they had to win their match at Wark­worth, to avoid rel­e­ga­tion, with Cram­ling­ton only three points be­hind them and breath­ing down their necks.

Early news came through that Sto­b­swood had been rained off and rel­e­gated, so the rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle for the next slot with them was be­tween Ber­wick and Cram­ling­ton.

Wark­worth bat­ted first and scored 138-7, with Steven An­der­son scor­ing 33 not out and Martin Clark top scor­ing with 42.

In the bowl­ing depart­ment, El­liott Keenan took 3-52. When Ber­wick replied, Mark Woodcock made 66 not out, and the hero of the day El­liott Keenan made 68 not out, to guide their team home for the win that keeps them in the Premier Di­vi­sion for an­other sea­son.

Cram­ling­ton did, in fact, win their match at home to Ash­ing­ton RCC, but it was all in vain and they were rel­e­gated by just three points.

Any one of three teams in Di­vi­sion One could be pro­moted on the last day of the sea­son, with Whit­ley Bay, Whick­ham and Bo­mar­sund, all in con­tention.

How­ever, with Whick­ham gain­ing 30 points through Back­worth con­ced­ing and Whit­ley Bay ner­vously beat- ing Waren­ford at home, the last re­sult of the day that came in meant that Bo­mar­sund had in fact beaten Clara Vale by five wick­ets to gain pro­mo­tion with Whit­ley Bay and take the ti­tle.

Whit­ley Bay fielded first against Waren­ford at home and the vis­i­tors made just 72, with An­drew Lindsay tak­ing an ex­cel­lent 5-25.

In re­ply, the home side made a very ner­vous start, los­ing three early wick­ets, but they even­tu­ally eased home with Si­mon Bat­ting 22 not out and John Dou­glas 28 not out, to also claim the ti­tle, as well as pro­mo­tion.

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