Main men too strong for Lanchester

Percy Main’s superb first season back in the top flight of the Northumberland and Tyneside senior league A1 division continued as they completed the double over Lanchester on Saturday afternoon.

When the season began, the villagers’ main aim was to stay in the division, however, the manner in which this young side has performed has surpassed everybody’s expectations.

And Saturday’s highlight was yet another 50 for the prodigiously talented Phil Cramman, who has only just turned 21.

In the absence of Mark Armstrong, Dave Anderson skippered the side and after winning the toss had no hesitation choosing to bat on what looked like a good batting track.

Barry Errington was back behind the stumps and Steve Patterson replaced Richie Walker.

But Main made a disastrous start when Anderson was pinned in front by Brinton for a duck in the second over, despite looking like it he had hit it. Leg before proving to be a popular dismissal as the game progressed.

Mitch Reid joined Stewart and the pair took the score to 28 before Stewart was also dismissed lbw to yet another questionable decision.

This brought Cramman to the crease, moved up the order as Mickey Phillips was otherwise disposed.

Reid and Cramman started to assert authority on the contest with some dynamic stroke play, however, yet again Reid got in to the 30s before he was dismissed when well set, also leg before.

Phillips made 11 before being bowled by one that nipped back, which left Main on 88-3. This brought another in form player to the crease in Andrew Green.

The pair put on a superb 70-run partnership which saw Cramman bring up his 50, however, once they were both dismissed for 58 and 33 respectively, the Main tail for once did not wag and they were dismissed for 191.

The final wicket was comical as Boyd was caught off a no ball before being run out as he tried to take a single.

Rain then caused a lengthy delay, but upon restarting, the potent openers of Stewart and Green made early inroads, reducing Lanchester to 20-2 with both openers back in the pavilion.

Brinton led a fight back with some booming drives. Despite this, Stewart picked up a further wicket before the introduction of Cramman saw him take the key wicket of Brinton who failed to pick his slower ball.

This left Lanchester teetering on 80-5. Further wickets for Green and Cramman made this 100-7.

Despite the tense action, Errington raised a chuckle as he firstly dislocated his thumb, which Steve Knight popped back in, only to see Errington then hit in the face by one that popped of a length.

He did continue, though, like a true Percy Main stalwart.

Lanchester fought hard to take the score to 130 before Stewart returned to claim his third scalp with yet another lbw dismissal.

With time running out and the sun setting, Steve Patterson was introduced and he took the final two wickets to seal a superb victory for Percy Main and spark jubilant celebrations.

Stewart was the pick of the bowlers with 3-38. Green 2-35, Cramman 2-23, Patterson 2-12 and Anderson 1-23.

At St John’s Terrace, the second team claimed a superb victory over promotion rivals Stocksfield.

Winning the toss they chose to bowl first and made superb use of the overcast conditions to reduce Stocksfield to 39-6.

However, some late order resistance and big hitting helped the visitors post 186-8 with Hutton scoring 74 not out. Mick Surtees and Blyth Duncan took three wickets each with Craig Bird taking two.

Main then made light work of knocking off the runs with Phil Warick scoring a sublime 100 not out as Main claimed a seven-wicket victory in the 33rd over. Robson chipped in with 35 and Jenkins 26.

This moves Percy Main ever closer towards promotion.