Defeat means it won’t be Plain sailing for Main men

Percy Main CC second team, who won their league.
Percy Main CC second team, who won their league.

On Saturday afternoon Percy Main entertained Anfield Plain, with both sides knowing a victory would go a long way to securing their place in the North Tyneside Senior League top flight for another season.

After a wet week, a green looking track welcomed both sides and like many games across the north east at the weekend, the fixture proved to be one the seamers favoured.

Main skipper Armstrong won the toss and chose to bowl first, hoping to make best use of the overhead gloomy conditions.

In the absence of Andrew Green, Dave Anderson opened the bowling with Barry Stewart and the pair of them tore in to the Plain from the start as four of the top five were removed cheaply to give the home side a perfect start.

Only ex-Durham star Neil Killeen showed any resistance with a defiant 28, but once Cramman dismissed him Main were confident of dismissing the visitors for under 100. However, useful innings from the two of the tailenders helped Plain post 121.

Stewart was the star of the attack with a superb 5-25. He was ably supported by Phil Cramman who picked up 3-34. Anderson and Boyd collected the other wickets.

Chasing a low total can often be difficult and this certainly was the case for Main as they were blown away from the start by some superb bowling by Halliday and Killeen, who at one point had them on 18-4.

Cramman, Stanistreet and Prested showed some resistance, however, none could get past 20 and in the end Main were dismissed for 96 to compound a miserable day.

Defeat leaves Main ninth, 12 points ahead of Alnmouth. This means that a victory over already relegated Bedlington on Saturday will assure survival.

The second team meanwhile clinched the B2 NTSL title with a hard earned victory over second placed Cowgate.

Skipper Peart won the toss and chose to bowl first, and along with all of the bowlers, produced a superb disciplined display to dismiss Cowgate for 102.

Steve Patterson led the way with 4-30 and he was assisted by Peart who collected 3-25. Blyth Duncan claimed 1-5 of ten miserly overs, but the star of the show was 14-year-old Dan McGee, who bowled superbly to claim 2-19 off his allotted overs. His efforts deserved a greater wickets return.

In reply, Main knew that chasing the low score would not be easy, but a determined knock of 30 by Tony Robson led the way and it was fitting that skipper Peart hit the winning runs as Main clinched victory and secured the title.

Next week they host Backworth in the final fixture of the season.