Tense finish in relegation fight
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.