Percy Main start season with defeat to rampant Swalwell

Percy Main travelled to Swalwell for their first game back in the A1 division of the Wellstream Northumberland Tyneside Senior League and were taught a harsh lesson by one of the sides who will compete for the title.

As is customary, skipper Barry Stewart lost the toss and the villagers were asked to field first.

Although they bowled with a lot of spirit and fielded well for long periods, a brutal onslaught by Innes at the end helped Swalwell amass 258-5.

Mark Armstrong picked up two wickets with Phil Cramman, Dave Anderson and Stewart getting one apiece.

In reply, Main made a disastrous start, losing Anderson for a duck.

However, Stewart and Australian Mitch Reid started to rebuild the innings with Reid looking particularly good until falling lbw for 24.

After Stewart was dismissed for 12 and Mikey Phillips for a brisk 15, Main collapsed from a steady 40-3 to 68 all out as ex-Percy Main skipper Guy Saxton and ex-Durham spinner Nicky Phillips ripped through the villagers to seal a Swalwell victory.

Saxton finished with 5-26 and Phillips 4-20 in a comprehensive win.

Skipper Stewart was understandably disappointed to lose and hopes his young side adapt quickly to A1.

He said: “I thought we fielded and bowled well for long parts but we couldn’t contain Innes who batted really well at the end in a brutal knock.

“With the bat, everyone has to do better as it wasn’t a 68 all out wicket, and that wasn’t good enough as there were a lot of soft dismissals.”

In the second team fixture, Seaton Burn were the visitors. Skipper Errington put them into bat on a wicket which looked green and inviting to bowl on.

Seaton Burn managed to assemble 171-7, which was probably about 30 runs too many due to some poor fielding by Main.

Steve Patterson was the pick of the bowlers, picking up three wickets with the rest shared out by Craig Hall, Steve Peart, Mick Surtees and Si Curtis.

In reply, a vintage knock by veteran Tony Robson was the highlight as Main made light work of knocking off the runs. He looked odds on for a 100 until being caught at mid-off on 96 as he tried to win the game in style.

Next weekend the firsts host Shotley Bridge, which will be another rough game, whilst the seconds travel to Greenside.

On Thursday the midweek side travel to Ashington for their opening game of the season.