Wins for both Whitley Bay’s first and second teams

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IT was another winning weekend for Whitley Bay Cricket Club as the firsts and seconds both recorded wins in close games.

The firsts hosted league leaders Cramlington and after losing the toss were asked to bat on a soft and lively wicket which the visitors used to their advantage by removing Bay opener Niall Piper in the second over without scoring.

Bay battled through the tricky batting conditions with skipper David Hawke top scoring with 37 and veteran Lenny May scoring a patient 28.

Contributions from Bharat Patel (11), Scott Latimer (21) and a quick six not out from Adam Went helped Bay reach 158-9.

Cramlington’s chase relied heavily on their captain Billy Pulman who top scored with 50, and as long he was at the crease it looked as though the game would go the way of the visitors, but a fantastic bowling spell by left-arm swing bowler Adam Went took the game away from Cramlington and into the hands of Whitley,

His 5-26 ripped through Cramlington’s middle and lower order, supported by Craig Sample’s 2-22 and Simon May’s 2-23 as Whitley bowled Cramlington out for 149 to make it two out of two.

The second team travelled to Bomarsund aiming to extend their unbeaten league run.

Skipper John Douglas won the toss and decided to bowl first, but Bomarsund reached a challenging 203-5, Gary Bell top scoring with 71 not out.

Whitley fought hard to reach Bomarsund’s challenging total, and after John Douglas (54) Graham Ord (34) and James Custance (20) gave them a fighting chance, it was a superb 34 not out from Chris Wrigley that carried the Bay home by one wicket.

The Sunday team made it two wins in a row at home to Wearmouth, Whitley bowled first and Wearmouth finished on 162-9, Simon May finishing with figures of two for eight off his eight overs.

Whitley then knocked the runs off with the loss of only two wickets, with Ben Harris and Niall Piper both scoring 50s.