Backworth beaten by two centuries

DESPITE an inexperienced bowling attack, Backworth started off well against Benwell & Walbottle.

Paul Walker had Kahzi caught behind and bowled Carr early on, with Chris Liddle picking up the wicket of Anderson.

But that was as good as it got early on for Backworth as Raza and Reed went on to take advantage of some poor bowling to each record centuries.

Liddle eventually returned to bowl Reed for 115 and Raza was undefeated on 130 when the innings closed on 305-5.

In reply Backworth lost four wickets cheaply but Alan Robson and Mark Minto put on a useful partnership which was only ended when Minto was needlessly run out for 34.

Robson went soon after for 79 and the tail failed to wag as the innings closed on 176 all out, which gave Backworth four batting bonus points to go along with the two bowling ones.