A Bridge too far for Percy Main

Shotley Bridge proved too strong for Percy Main on Saturday as they comfortably chased down the Villagers’ competitive 184-9.

Skipper Armstrong was able to recall Andrew Green, Phil Cramman and James Stanistreet to the side after previous weekend’s defeat to Swalwell and entered the game in positive mind-set, looking to overturn a strong Shotley Bridge side.

After winning the toss, ‘Quinny’ chose to bat on what is normally an excellent batting track, however, the pitch proved to be unusually slow and low and Main made a poor start, and after the early losses of Barry Stewart and Mitch Reid, found themselves 21-2.

However, Dave Anderson and Mickey Phillips settled in nicely and both played some lovely shots to take the side to 107 before Phillips was dismissed for 41.

Anderson soon followed for 41 also and this saw a mini collapse as Main fell to 126-7.

But the tail wagged admirably with Michael Boyd, Jonathan Prested, Barry Errington and Armstrong all hitting a flurry of boundaries to take the score to 184-9. Milburn, Carlin and Graham all took three wickets for the home side.

As always, Shotley Bridge played in positive manner but lost an early wicket with Milburn being dismissed by Green to leave them 26-1.

Collingwood and Greenwell then played some big shots to take the score to 85 before Armstrong dismissed Collingwood lbw for 50.

Stuart Graham was quickly dismissed to spark Main into life and give them a sense of victory, however, Greenwell continued his assault as he bludgeoned 85 which included six sixes and six fours, before he was dismissed by Green to leave the home side 171-4. This proved the difference as the Bridge won with seven overs to go as they closed on 185-4.

In the second team fixture at St John’s Terrace, Percy Main easily defeated Greenside.

At one point the visitors were 4-4 with those runs being four byes,but some aggressive hitting by Clydesdale and Fothergill took them to 81 before they were eventually all out.

Blyth Duncan, Steve Peart and Steve Patterson all took three wickets before Dan McGee took the final one.

Phil Warwick and Tony Robson then made short work of knocking the runs off, only requiring 11 overs to lead the side home and maintain top spot in the league. Robson finished on 49 not out and Warwick unbeaten on 34.

The weekend also saw Percy Main host their first annual beer festival and this proved a fantastic success with great feedback received by all visitors who enjoyed the various local ales and ciders as well as food by The Fat Hippo.

The six-a-side competition on Sunday proved a real knockout and Sage claimed victory to complete a superb first ever festival.

The event will return next year. The club extended their gratitude to all the sponsors and in particular, Crosslings, for their support.