Blaydon scrape vital points
Only 81 overs of play were possible in the Dukes NEPL programme on Saturday but Blaydon used their limited time well to secure a couple of crucial bonus points and edge closer to league leaders Sunderland.
In a match reduced to 70 overs, and starting at 3pm, Blaydon had little hesitation inserting visitors Durham Academy after winning the toss.
This move looked like paying handsome dividends when the youngsters slumped from 24 without loss to 48 for five as Gary Stewart (1-15 in 12 overs) and Ben Raine (2-23) caused problems.
Jamie Thompson (26 not out in 73 balls) and Sameet Brar (15 not out in 11 balls) then dug in and when the inevitable downpour ended proceedings once and for all they had taken their team to 71 for five in 33 overs.
With Sunderland’s game at Ropery Lane washed out altogether Blaydon’s return from the match moved them to within two points of the Wearsiders at the top of the table.
It was 2.30pm when the game at Roseworth Terrace finally got underway, and South North decided there was little time to waste as they raced to a score of 190 for one in 33 overs against Newcastle before declaring once skipper John Graham had reached a century.
Graham’s ton included 11 fours and 2 sixes, and he received initial support from Adam Heather (34) before Sam Jobson joined in the run spree with 4 fours and a six to end unbeaten on 41 when the challenge was laid before the visitors.
Newcastle went along at four an over themselves, but with Johnny Wightman and Michael Craigs each picking up a wicket the game was nicely poised when the weather intervened for the final time with the visitors on 61 for two from 15 overs.
Despite the inevitable disappointment of the abandonment the Bulls were at least able to reflect on a return of nine points from the match, more than any other team in yet another rain ruined programme.