Sacriston CCC Win Regional Final
Sacriston Colliery beat Wolviston CC by four wickets to win the National Village Cup Northumberland, Durham, Tyne & Wear Regional final.
After winning the toss Sacriston elected to bowl first knowing there was rain forecast for later in the day.
Sacriston made early inroads into the away side's top order with Appleby and Hubber bowling in excellent areas with Appleby beating the bat over 20 times in his opening seven overs, the majority of the time the ball moving too far for the opposition.
Wolviston found themselves at 30 for four and it was not until number six batsman Jimmy Jones dug in and slowly kept the scoreboard ticking over.
Wolviston managed to get the score up to 132 for nine off 40 overs with Jones scoring 48 and only being run out on the last ball after a bullet throw from Anderson from 60 yards.
Phillip Long was the pick of the bowlers although his figures didn’t quite show it with two for 32 off his nine overs which included three catches dropped off his bowling - all of them should have been taken.
When Sacriston went into bat they lost two early wickets with Hubber and Potts falling with the score on 31, but once again the youngsters Anderson and Appleby created a partnership with Anderson scoring fluently.
They added 63 before Appleby was bowled by Jones for 25. A flurry of wickets then fell with Cruickshank, Fort and Peel falling to the same bowler but the wickets tumbling did not affect Sacriston in knocking the runs off in under 24 overs with Anderson carrying his bat for 62 not out to go with his unbeaten in the previous round.
The reward for winning the regional final is a trip to Northop (North Wales) in the fifth round on Sunday 22nd June.
A special thanks goes to Under 15-players Thomas Ludlow and Daniel Stephenson who helped for over two hours on the ground in the morning to get the game on, as at 7.30am there was no chance with puddles all over the field from Saturday's weather.