Percy Main clinch title in spectacular fashion

Percy Main celebrate their promotion.
Percy Main celebrate their promotion.

After the heartache of relegation last season, Percy Main secured promotion back to the Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League A1 division at the first attempt on Saturday.

By beating Lintz the previous weekend, the Villagers knew that victory would guarantee the title and promotion at the first attempt.

Newcastle City were the visitors and held their own promotion aspirations as they lay in third position coming in to the game.

However, nobody could have predicted what was to come during an incredible performance by Percy Main.

After winning the toss, City chose to bat on a pitch which offered pace and bounce and one that Main would have to work hard to get wickets on.

Andrew Green and skipper Barry Stewart opened the bowling and working in tandem obliterated the Newcastle City team with a devastating spell of seam and swing bowling.

At one point City were 18-8, however, they managed to crawl to 35 before being dismissed as Green finished with 4-11 and Stewart with 6-20.

The Main fielding was also solid. The highlight being two spectacular catches from Prested and Patterson.

In reply, Stewart and Michael Boyd made light work of scoring the required runs, knocking them off in 3.3 overs to secure the title and promotion and spark jubilant celebrations.

Overall the season has been a huge success for Main with young talent like Phil Cramman continuing to develop into a genuine all rounder.

Boyd and James Stanistreet have also showed flashes of their potential too.

The season’s success was built around the team’s bowling attack as only once did the villagers fail to bowl a team out.

Andrew Green and the old guard of Richie Walker and Mark Armstrong all had excellent seasons.

However, at times everyone in the side has contributed, especially over the last few weeks, when match-winning innings’ by Barry Errington, Jonathan Prested and Paddy Rathbone have helped the side over the line on a couple of occasions.

The club will look to build and strengthen over the winter as harder challenges await, however, with a blossoming junior section, strong camaraderie within the teams and big plans to develop the clubhouse and outfield facilities, the future is bright for Percy Main.