Percy Main up and running with resounding victory at Ponteland

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A solid performance from Percy Main saw them take a comfortable win over Ponteland on Saturday.

Barry Stewart lost the toss and Percy Main were put in to bat as Ponteland elected to bowl first.

The decision to bowl first appeared to be a questionable one as Davey Anderson and Anthony Hornby attacked Ponteland’s opening bowlers, hitting five fours and one six inside the opening six overs.

The pair continued to find the boundary, and after ten overs Percy Main were 70-0. Hornby brought up a 44-minute 50 from just 40 balls in the 16th over with a sweet drive for four. This boundary also brought up the 100 partnership.

But the stand was broken two overs later with the score on 102 when Hornby departed for 54. His quick fire innings took just 52 balls and contained ten fours and one six.

Buoyed on by getting the breakthrough, Ponteland took another two wickets without addition to the score.

Anderson was dismissed for 42. His 55-ball effort containing six fours. Then Liam Tobin was dismissed without scoring lbw to a ball that appeared to keep low.

Michael Phillips and Philip Cramman tried to rebuild the innings. Phillips hitting a massive straight six over the sight screen.

When the partnership reached 14, Phillips was out for 11, caught at short extra cover by a fantastic diving catch from the fielder.

Barry Stewart’s innings lasted two balls. He was run out without scoring running from the non striker’s end due to a good throw from the fielder. This left Percy Main on 116-5 at the halfway point.

Phil Cramman’s efforts to try and bat through the innings ended when he was bowled for 12 in the 31st over.

James Peart was lbw for three, which left Main 145-7 in the 35th over.

Steve Peart came in and hit 12 runs from 17 balls before falling to a good catch. His innings included one brilliantly timed drive for four.

James Stanaz Stanistreet and Michael Boyd came together at 158-8 in the 40th over. The pair fought back and added an invaluable 40 runs for the ninth wicket from just 37 balls.

The stand ended when Stanistreet inside edged a slower ball back on to his stumps for 31. His fighting effort lasting 54 balls and contained two fours.

Mark Armstrong came to the crease at 198-9 in the 47th over and hit his third ball for four as he and Boyd looked to score runs at every opportunity. Not content with hitting his third ball for four, Armstrong went two runs better with his seventh as he smashed a six over long off.

The innings ended on the last ball of the 50th over as Armstrong was caught in the deep for 14. Armstrong narrowly missing out on another maximum. This left Boyd unbeaten on 18 and Percy Main 217 all out.

In Ponteland’s reply, Barry Stewart struck with just the sixth ball of the innings to have Ponteland 1-1 after the first over.

Four overs later Stewart struck again, getting the ball to nip back off the seam to clean bowl the batsman. This left Ponteland 16-2. After taking his second wicket, Stewart did not concede another run for the remainder of his spell.

Bowling unchanged he proceeded to land the ball on a length with great accuracy. The last five balls of his third over were dots. As were his next five overs as he bowled five maidens in a row

In all Stewart bowled 35 dot balls in a row. The sequence was only broken when he ended his spell after eight overs. He struck in his final over to leave Ponteland 34-3 and finished with figures of 3-7 from eight overs.

After 18 overs the pairing of Michael Boyd and Mark Armstrong took centre stage. They bowled with accuracy and control. They slowed the run rate of the Ponteland innings.

Armstrong responded to being hit for six by bowling Ponteland’s overseas player five balls later with a delivery which spun through the gate and hit middle stump. This left Ponteland 54-4 in the 19th, requiring another 164 runs from 31 overs.

Boyd struck in the 24th over with a great bit of deception. The batsmen left a quicker ball that pitched in line with the stumps and went straight on. Giving Boyd his first wicket with the resulting lbw and leaving Ponteland 65-5.

Armstrong struck again eight overs later with the score on 83 when he managed to lure a drive out the batsman and James Stanaz Stanistreet took a great diving catch going away to his right.

The next wicket came in the next over as Stewart took a good reflex catch from Boyd’s bowling. Boyd getting a ball to bounce more than the batsman expected.

Ponteland required 125 from the last 17 overs with three wickets in hand.

The small chance they had of victory disappeared in the 34th over as Armstrong struck twice in the space of three balls. Liam Tobin taking one catch and Anderson the other. Armstong finished with figures of 4-33 from 11 overs.

The winning wicket went to Boyd. Stewart took a fine one handed catch diving forward to a full blooded drive. Stewart’s catch helping Boyd’s figures of 3-22 from 9.2 overs.

The final wicket gave Percy Main victory by 114 runs.

In the seconds’ fixture at St John’s Green, Skipper Barry Errington invited Ponteland to bat after winning the toss. A decent fielding and bowling performance restricted Pont to 143 -8 with Paddy Rathbone taking 4-39.

Main’s chase was disappointing, however, with a general lack of application amongst the batsmen resulting in a total of 90 all out, Rathbone top scoring with 35.

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