A fine all round performance of 55 runs and 4-25 with the ball from David Anderson was not enough to stop Percy Main from crashing to a three-wicket defeat to Ponteland.
Percy Main skipper Barry Stewart won the toss and decided to bat, and openers Anthony Hornby and Anderson both hit boundaries inside the opening four overs.
They put on 45 for the opening wicket before Hornby was out for 19, caught by wicket keeper Daniel Wright off the bowling of John Gardiner.
Stewart came in at number three but was soon dismissed for one, caught by Gardiner off Iftikhar Fazal, leaving Main 52-2 from 14 overs.
Anderson was Joined by Michael Phillips as the two looked to steady the innings. Both played positively and soon brought up the 50 partnership as they took the score past 100, during which time Anderson brought up a 61-ball half century.
The partnership ended at 113 when Anderson was bowled by a good delivery from Niall Penfold. His innings of 55 lasted 77 balls and contained eight fours.
Anderson’s wicket triggered a collapse as Percy main slumped from 113-3 to 128-6.
Philip Cramman was caught by Daniel Wright for three as he edged a good ball from Penfold (2-32 from 12 overs).
Phillips was caught and bowled by Andy Denyer for 30, the bowler taking a fine return catch at full stretch.
Denyer then struck again when he removed Andrew Green for eight by having him caught on the long-off boundary by Fazal.
Michael Boyd and Ben Jenkins offered stubborn resistance in adding 30 for the seventh wicket. Jenkins made a good 19 and Boyd an invaluable 14, however, both were dismissed by Fazal within two overs to leave Percy Main 165-8.
Fazal and Denyer combined to remove Dan McGee for nought and Pradeep Nair for one to finish the innings of at 166. Fazal finished with 4-27 and Denyer 3-32.
Percy Main knew that early wickets would be crucial to any chances of winning the match.
Green removed both Ponteland openers inside the first six overs. Stuart Taylor was caught by Stewart at first slip for 12 as he went to this right to take a good catch.
Hornby then caught Jordan Armstrong for 14. Hornby’s catch was just as spectacular as Stewart’s. He dived to his left at full stretch to take the ball one handed after Green had found Armstrong’s inside edge. Green would finish with 2-48 from his 12 overs.
At 27-2 Percy Main knew a few more wickets would make them favourites to win the game.
However, they were thwarted by a stand of 61 between Penfold and Ben Harris. The former looked to rotate the strike by piercing the gaps in the field while the latter was obdurate in his defence and looked to anchor the innings.
The partnership was ended when Anderson struck in his second over, trapping Penfold lbw with a full delivery for 24.
Fazal was Anderson’s second victim eight overs later when he clean bowled him for ten. Fazal’s dismissal left Ponteland 110-4, needing another 57 runs for victory.
Stewart raised hopes of a Percy Main victory when he bowled Paul McReady for six, leaving Ponteland struggling at 123-5. Stewart finished with 1-38 from his 12 allotted overs.
Harris brought up his maiden first team 50 to take Ponteland to 125. He was then bowled next ball by a yorker from Anderson. Harris’s effort lasted 90 balls and contained seven fours.
Daniel Wright joined Ponteland captain John Appleby with 42 runs still needed for victory.
Wright hit his first ball for four and helped Appleby add nine runs for the seventh wicket before Anderson removed Appleby lbw for three. Anderson finished with 4-25 from his 12-over spell.
At 134-7 the game was in the balance, unfortunately for Percy Main, David Wright and Gardiner won the match for Ponteland with a partnership of 34. Both man finished 20 not out as they reached the victory target with four overs to spare.
Percy Main’s next game is on Saturday, July 30, at home to Consett, starting at 1.30pm.