Percy Main survive

Percy Main maintained their status in the NTSL A1 division for another season with a nine-wicket victory at Bedlington.

But despite the scoreline suggesting it was an easy victory, the weather ensured it went down to the wire.

Relegation rivals Annfield Plain coasted to a victory over Tynedale and Alnmouth and Lesbury looked certain to defeat Consett so Main were left preying the grey clouds would clear in order to leave destiny in their own hands.

Thankfully the sun did come out late afternoon meaning they were able to play a reduced 25-over game, and tight bowling reduced the hosts to 106-3.

Richie Walker claimed two wickets and Phil Cramman the other.

In reply Main knocked off the required runs with ease as the promoted Andrew Green alongside Dave Anderson made 33 and 50 not out respectively to see the visitors home.

Percy Main host their end of season awards night on Saturday, September 26.

The event kicks-off at 7.30pm.

Although disappointed to see a strong start to the season peter out, Main can take a lot of positives from the campaign.

The two stand-out players for Main this season were Cramman and Andrew Green, who excelled with both bat and ball.

Barry Stewart had an excellent season with the ball claiming 46 wickets.

He also made over 500 runs.

Mitch Reid led the way with the bat scoring 653 runs and Percy Main enjoyed having him as their overseas player. They wish him well for the future and hope to welcome him back to Main again one day.

Michael Phillips scored 435 runs including two 50s.

Michael Boyd gave a glimpse of his potential with the ball in the latter weeks and this group of young players will only get better in years to come.

Saturday was also the final game for Mark Armstrong who has decided to retire to spend more time with his young family.

‘Quinny’ has enjoyed a superb career and has proved to be a popular member at Main during his three-year stay.

Chairman Paddy Rathbone along with all of the players and staff wish him well in the future.