Nothing Plain about win for Percy Main

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After last weekend’s extraordinary victory over Alnmouth and Lesbury, Percy Main travelled to Annfield Plain hoping for a less stressful game, however, yet again it went down to the wire.

New skipper Mark Armstrong brought Dave Anderson and himself back into the side as they chased victory against a side hovering just above the Villagers in the league.

On a green pitch and with overhead conditions, opposing skipper and ex-Durham star Neil Killeen inserted Percy Main.

The decision looked a good one as Anderson was dismissed early on, however, Australian Mitch Reid and Barry Stewart then put on more than 100 for the second wicket before Stewart was dismissed trying to hit over the top for 38.

Michael Phillips did not last long, however, his dismissal saw the in-form Phil Cramman come to the crease and he celebrated his call up to the NTSL under-21 divisional side with a powerful 54.

Reid batted superbly and looked on course for his maiden hundred, however, when he received a dubious lbw decision when on 68, the Villagers could have crumbled.

But James Stanistreet and Andrew Green continued to bat positively with Green in imperious form with a series of big hits to help Percy Main reach a commanding 266-6 off their 50 overs.

In reply, and not for the first time, the new ball pairing of Stewart and Green made early inroads, reducing Annfield Plain to 40-3, but Killeen remained defiant and played a superb knock before crucially being dismissed for 77 by skipper Armstrong, just as the game was swinging towards the Plain.

Leighton batted well as the Plain chased victory, but when he was dismissed for 55, victory was all but assured and a run out sealed a superb the win for Percy Main as Annfield Plain were bowled out for 254.

Stewart recorded figures of 2-51, Anderson 1-45, Armstrong 2-43 and the pick of the bowlers was Green with 3-59.

In the second team fixture at St John’s Terrace, Percy Main entertained Cowgate.

Home skipper Barry Errington won the toss and inserted the visitors, hoping to make best use of the cloudy conditions.

Despite Blyth Duncan taking an early wicket, the home side, with a wet ball and a pitch offering little assistance, found taking wickets hard to come by at first as Cowgate played some enterprising and interesting shots.

The bowling was rotated often as Errington searched for a breakthrough and it was Robson who made it, dismissing Baig for 37 as Steven Whitmore took the first of four catches in the deep.

Duncan then removed Sheik for 22 as wickets eventually began to fall.

A change of ends for Steve Patterson saw his luck change and he then took three wickets to remove the middle order before Steve Peart and Mick Surtees cleaned up the tail to see Cowgate post 208.

Duncan finished with 2-23, Patterson 3-37, Peart 2-47, Robson 1-41 and Surtees 1-20.

Tony Robson and Phil Warwick opened up for Main in reply and destroyed the Cowgate attack as they smashed all of the bowlers round the park to take Main to 144 of 22 overs before Warwick was dismissed for an excellent 72.

Paddy Rathbone and Andy Beer did not last long, but Errington was on hand to help see the home side to victory and fittingly it was Robson who scored the winning runs, and in some style, hitting a huge six to take him to 100 and Main to victory.