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Sunday 3rd September 2017

BAMBURGH CASTLE 141 for 0 beat BELSAY 136 for 9 by 10 wickets

Bamburgh had a very good win by 10  wickets in their last game of  the season on Sunday in a match sponsored by  Rockliffe House B & B in Wooler. Opting to bat first the visitors were soon in trouble against accurate bowling by the seasiders and were only 36 for 4 in the 15th over before skipper Joel Gray joined Chris Townson at the wicket and began the offensive adding 45 in only 7 overs before Gray was bowled, Townson continued to bat freely scoring a fine 62 off only 66 balls including 6 fours and 2 sixes. The innings finished on 136 for 9 off their 35 overs. Best bowling for the homesters was Steve Mallinson who finished on 2 for 5 off his 7 overs. If Belsay thought they had a defendable total they were in for a rude awakening as the Bamburgh openers Andrew Stewart and Bradley Spiers took to the bowling from the start and without giving a chance scored the required runs in only 22 overs Stewart making a fine 39 off 65 balls and Spiers a more aggressive 93 off only 66 balls including 7 fours and 7 massive sixes a fantastic effort. The only bowler who troubled the batsmen was Olly Fenton who went for 27 off his 6 overs. A fine end to the season with Bamburgh winning 12 out of 13 matches played in 2017 with the seasiders fielding young players which fares well for next season.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 27th August 2017

BAMBURGH CASTLE 224 all out beat MANDERSTON 51 all out by 173 runs

In their penultimate match of the season Bamburgh beat a depleted Manderston side by 173 runs on Sunday in a match sponsored by Embrace Technology. Batting first Bamburgh lost a wicket in the second over when Andrew Wright joined Harry Sutherland at the crease and the pair of them took a liking to the bowling and with aggression proceeded to score at a good rate adding 135 in 22 overs before Sutherland was bowled for a fine 81 which included 11 fours and 2 sixes with the total on 150 in the 24th over Bamburgh added a further 26 runs in 3 overs then lost Wright for 62 his total included 8 fours. There then followed the Bamburgh collapse with the final 7 wickets fell for 48 runs with Mark Goodfellow next top scorer with 28 on his debut. The innings closed in the final over with the home side bowled out for 224 Manderston bowlers stuck to their task despite dropping a few chances best of the bowling were Will Connington with 3 for 42 and spinner E Richards 3 for 38. When Manderston batted they were never in the hunt and were soon skittled out for a paltry 51 in the 16th over due to some fine bowling from Bamburgh's youngsters. Wicketkeeper Seb Fraser top scored with 13 and the wickets were shared by the bowlers. Arthur Sutherland taking 3 for 18 and Mark Humphries 2 for 8 the pick. Another impressive display from the seasiders against a depleted Manderston who played the game in a good and friendly manner.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 20th August 2017

BAMBURGH CASTLE 175 for 8 beat DAVIPART 165 all out by 10 runs

In a match sponsored by The Mizen Head in Bamburgh the Castle side kept up their winning streak by defeating Davipart by 10 runs on Sunday. Opting to bat first the seasiders were soon in trouble and after 5 overs were 21 for 3 but the consistent pair of Bradley Spiers and Andrew Wright came to the rescue both attacking with aggression Spiers making a fine 72 not out off only 54 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes to his name whilst Wright was also unbeaten on 53 off a run a ball. With the next highest score of 10 the innings finished on 175 for 8 off their 35 overs. Best bowling for the visitors were Jeff Thompson (4-20) and young spinner Gauruang Dhillon with 3 for 36 both off their allotted 7 overs. When Davipart batted they made a steady start and the openers put on 53 in the 14th over before Bamburgh made their breakthrough and went from 53 for 1 to 99 for 5 in 10 overs. If Bamburgh thought they were in the driving seat they reckoned without Anil Dhillon who began to attack the bowling making a fine unbeaten 50 himself in only 46 balls however he ran out of partners and Davipart were all out in the 35th over on 165 ten runs short. Pick of the home bowling was young Callum Hindhaugh with 4 for 26. Another fine performance from a depleted Bamburgh side who came up with the goods yet again.

Dave Parmley

Thursday 17th August 2017

BAMBURGH CASTLE 173 for 4 beat BENWELL HILL 140 all out by 23 runs

Bamburgh continued their winning ways by defeating a young Benwell Hill side by 23 runs at the Castle Field on Thursday in a match sponsored by The Mizen Head. Opting to bat first Bamburgh recovered from losing a wicket in the second over to build a steady partnership between John Ferguson and  Threllfell adding 76 runs in 20 overs before Threllfell was bowled by Stobbart for a fine 52 off 62 balls. Ferguson was joined by Johnny Roxburgh who took the attack to the bowling making a fine 58 off only 43 balls before he to was out bowled by Jewitt with the total on 153. Ferguson soon followed with a more sedate 35 and the innings finished on a above average 173 for 4 off their 35 overs. Best bowling for the Hill was Andy Jewitt with 2 for 31 off his 7 overs. When Benwell Hill batted they struggled to 24 for 3 in the 7th over before Luke Mussett joined Will Archbold who decided the best form of defense was to attack adding 74 before Mussett was bowled for 34. Archbold however continued on his merry way and only the introduction of Threllfell into the attack changed the game with the final 4 wickets including Archbold for 74 fell for only 2 runs with the visitors falling 23 runs short. Ben Threllfell was the pick of the bowling with 3 for 5 off 2.2 overs to win the game for Bamburgh. A good game played in a fine spirit.

Dave Parmley

Sunday 13th August 2017

BAMBURGH CASTLE 88 for 4 beat K.S.T.O.B. 86 for 8 by 6 wickets

Bamburgh entertained King's School Tynemouth Old Boys and came away with a 6 wicket win on Sunday in a match sponsored by Potted Lobster of Bamburgh. The Old Boys won the toss and decided to bat against a very youthful Bamburgh side and were soon in trouble with wickets falling at regular intervals and after 16 overs had plummeted to 51 for 7 when Mark Anderson joined Ian Black at the crease and they decided to try and stay in without losing any more wickets and with Bamburgh fielding 5 slips and 2 gulleys the battle was on. The pair added 23 in 16 overs until Anderson was bowled by Arthur Sutherland for 2 off 47 balls with the total on 74. The Old Boys added a further 12 runs to finish the innings on 86 for 8 off their 35 overs. Impressive bowling from the home side with brothers Harry (3-21) and Arthur Sutherland (4 for 6) the star performers. When Bamburgh batted they were struggling themselves and were 42 for 4 off 12 overs till Harry Sutherland joined the ever reliable Bradley Spiers and they raced to victory adding 46 off 6 overs with Spiers unbeaten on 48 and Sutherland on 22. Best of the bowling came from Adam Black with 2 for 14 and his uncle Ian Black 2 for 36. An excellent win for Bamburgh who fielded 8 players under 17 years of age.

Dave Parmley

Sunday 16th July 2017


EGLINGHAM 117 all out lost to BAMBURGH CASTLE 146 for 7 by 29 runs

After 3 weeks not playing Bamburgh traveled to Eglingham on Sunday and won by 29 runs on a fine day. Opting to bat first the seasiders made steady progress scoring runs quite freely and after 16 overs were 83 for 5 before Mark Humphries was then joined by another youngster Calum Hindhaugh and consolidated the batting adding 46 in 14 overs before Humphries was bowled for 28 in the 30th over off 45 balls. Hindhaugh remained unbeaten at the end of Bamburgh's inning with the total on 146 for 7 off the allotted 35 overs. Eglingham used 7 bowlers to try and whittle the batsmen out with Tom Brown the pick with 1 for 11. When Eglingham batted despite losing a wicket in the 2nd over they took the fight to Bamburgh with skipper Gareth Bateman and Dan Graham attacking the bowling but after adding 58 in 10 overs both fell in consecutive overs Graham for 18 and Bateman 34. Bamburgh then turned to spin and that seemed to do the trick with the last 7 wickets going down for 54 runs leaving the hosts 29 runs short of Bamburgh on 117 all out in the 31st over. Tom Brown (18) and young Zak Stephenson (11) were the only other batsmen to make double figures. Pick of the bowlers was Billy Wright with 4 for 12 in a good win for the seasiders. Bamburgh did well in a match played in a splendid sporting manner with thanks to the Tankerville Arms in Eglingham fot there hospitality after the match.

Dave Parmley

Sunday 25th June 2017

BAMBURGH CASTLE 214 for 4 beat OLD RECORD PLAYERS 180 for 7 by 34 runs

On Sunday Bamburgh Castle continued their winning streak by defeating Old Record Players by 34 runs in a match sponsored by Addestone Services. Asked to bat first Bamburgh were on the front foot quickly and openers Evan Moir and Bradley Spiers took the game to there opponents before Spiers retired on 50 in the 16th over Moir fell 2 overs later for 24 Andrew Wright then took up the challenge and with some big hitting he also retired on 52 with 7 fours and a six with the total on 176 in the 29th over. The innings closed on a fine 214 for 4 off the 35 overs. O.R.P. used 8 bowlers with the most economical being Colin Quigley who finished on 0 for 16 off his 7 overs. When O.R.P. batted they were quite cautious in the beginning until the O.R.P. skipper Ram joined Mark Planchant at the crease and they began to attack the bowling adding 84 in 13 overs until Ram had to retire on 54 off 44 balls and despite some late resistance from Planchard with 28 and Jacob with 32 the visitors fell short by 34 runs finishing on 180 for 7 off their allotted 35 overs Bamburgh used 7 bowlers with Arthur Sutherland and Billy Wright picking up 2 wickets each.. Bamburgh had a sloppy day in the field with at least 3 catches going to ground however they came out of the game as the victors.

Dave Parmley 


Sunday 18th June 2017

BAMBURGH CASTLE 129 for 6 beat BACKWORTH 70 for 8 by 59 runs

In a match played in glorious sunshine sponsored by Pestforce, Bamburgh defeated first time visitors Backworth by 59 runs in a low scoring match on Sunday. Put into bat the seasiders made steady progress against their youthful opponents and despite losing wickets at regular intervals the top five batsmen all made it into double figures although none of them went on to make it out of the twenty's. Backworth bowlers took the pace off the ball and it seemed to work and they restricted Bamburgh to 129 for 6 in their 35 overs. Top scoring for Bamburgh were Bradley Spiers with 29 and Harry Lobb with an unbeaten 28. Young Evan Hull-Denham was the best bowler with 2 for 14 off his 7 overs. When Backworth batted if they thought it was going to be easy they were in for a rude awakening as fine controlled bowling restricted the visitors to a paltry 70 for 8 off their 35 overs a deficit of 59 runs. The only batsmen to make double figures was opener John Scott who made 23 in 25 overs before he was the 7th batsman out. All 7 Bamburgh bowlers bowled well but special mention should be made to Neil Burdon who took 3 wickets for 6 runs off 7 overs. Another good win for Bamburgh with a fine team effort.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 4th June 2017

BAMBURGH CASTLE 88 for 2 beat PONTELAND 86 all out by 8 wickets

Bamburgh sporting their new kit supplied by B.S.B. Workwear Belford and sponsored by The Castle Inn and Lord Crewe easily defeated Ponteland by 8 wickets on Sunday. Put into bat by the hosts Ponteland were soon in trouble with Andrew Wright and Steve Mallinson ripping through the top order and after 12 overs the visitors were a paltry 22 for 5. Mike Storer joined junior debutant Dean Edwards and tried to build the total that was defendable and added 43 runs until both departed in the 29th over Edwards run out for a patient 16 and Storer bowled for 24. The total subsided and they lost the last 5 wickets for 21 runs and the innings ended on 86 all out in their 35th over. Mallinson 3-10, Wright 2-12 and Neal Burdon 3 for 26 were the bowlers who did the damage. When Bamburgh batted they set upon their task with great gusto peppering the boundry with Bradley Spiers and Richard Alsept making 52 before Alsept was judged l.b.w. for 19. Spiers then carried on making his first Bamburgh 50 ending up unbeaten on 59 as the hosts raced to their total in the 17th over. A good win for the hosts in a match sponsored by Pestforce 

Dave Parmley Scorer


Sunday 28th May 2017

BAMBURGH CASTLE 124 all out lost to WOLSINGHAM 125 for 5 by 5 wickets

Bamburgh suffered their first defeat of the season when they lost to Wolsingham by 5 wickets in a match sponsored by Wyndenwell in Bamburgh on Sunday. Fielding a youthful side containing 8 players 20 or under Bamburgh were put into bat by their more experienced visitors got off to a fine start scoring 22 off the first 3 overs before Bradley Spiers was bowled by Tim Hargreaves for 12. Wolsingham then took control of the game and wickets tumbled at regular intervals, no one from the home side looking in control and after 20 overs the seasiders were 77 for 6 and despite some late resistance the innings ended in the 31st over on a below par 124. Only 4 batsmen made double figures and with Wolsingham using 8 bowlers the wickets were shared the best being C Gray with 3-9 off his 3 overs. Wolsingham opened up in a cautious manor with openers Simon Muse and Matty Watson seeing off Bamburgh's opening bowlers and despite some early scares took the total to 58 in the 14th over until guest player Kei Raja joined the attack and had Muse caught behind for 32 and bowling 2 other batsmen in his next over to give Bamburgh a glimmer of hope with the visitors tottering on 66 for 3. However Nick Denton came in to join the resolute Watson and took the game away from Bamburgh they were within 9 runs of victory when both were out Watson making a fine 55. No more wickets fell and Wolsingham won the match in the 29th over. A disappointing result from the home side who were 30 runs shy of a decent score.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 21st May 2017

BAMBURGH CASTLE 133 all out beat TILLSIDE 93 all out by 40 runs

In a match sponsored by The Mizen Head Hotel,  Bamburgh defeated Tillside by 40 runs at the Castle Field. Put into bat by the visitors the seasiders started well and had the scoreboard ticking over quite nicely and despite losing a couple of wickets were in a healthy situation were 79 for 2 after 20 overs then came a mini collapse with the Tillside bowlers tightening there grip on the game. Bamburgh were finally dismissed in the 35th over for 133 a par score. The batting was dominated by young Bradley Spiers who made a fine 49 with 5 fours and a six to his name and only 3 other batsmen made double figures. For Tillside the pick of the bowling was another youngster Joe Bickerton with figures of 2 for 19 off his 7 overs. When Tillside batted they again started well with Liam Hindmarsh punishing anything short however he perished to a fine catch by Neil Newcombe off Andrew Wright for 20 in the 5th over. Bamburgh skipper Richard Alsept then reverted to spin at both ends and from the 10th over when Tillside were 53 for 3 only added 12 runs in the next 10 overs for the loss of 4 wickets. Bamburgh wrapped up the innings in the 26th over finally bowling out the Etal side for 93 a deficit of 40 runs. The pick of the home bowlers were Evan Moir with 2-17 and Alsept himself 2-11. A good victory by Bamburgh in a sporting game.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 7th May 2017

BAMBURGH CASTLE 115 for 6 beat EGLINGHAM 111 for 8 by 4 wickets

On a freezing Sunday afternoon Bamburgh started their 2017 season with a win by 4 wickets over Eglingham in a match sponsored by The Castle Inn Bamburgh. Electing to bat Eglingham struggled from the start against tidy bowling from the seasiders and after 30 overs were 43-4 with only Alan Thompson battling it out and only an injection of pace in the last 15 overs took them to 111 for 8 at the close of the innings Aussie Ben Threllfell top scoring with an unbeaten 28 off 28 balls. Bamburgh used 6 bowlers and they all bowled well with young Arthur Sutherland taking 1 for 8 off his 6 overs. When Bamburgh batted they also initially struggled and were 62-5 after their 20 overs however home skipper Richard Alsept joined Andrew Wright at the crease and began to take game away from the visitors and were 15 runs away from victory when Wright was out caught for a fine 27. Alsept held his nerve and saw Bamburgh home with 3 overs to spare. A good start to the season for the seasiders with the match being played in a sporting manner.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 14th August 2016

BAMBURGH CASTLE 165 for 6 lost to K.S.T.O.B. 174 for 5 by 9 runs

Bamburgh entertained Kings School Tynemouth Old Boys and lost by the margin of 9 runs at the Castle Field in a match sponsored by the Castle Inn Bamburgh on Sunday. Bowling first the hosts came across two solid openers in Andy Moir and Craig Sample with a mixture of defense and attack kept the home side bowlers at bay and made 75 in the 15th over until Moir was bowled for a fine 47. Sample was joined by visiting skipper Tom Devln and although the scoring slowed down added a further 65 in 18 overs until the introduction of Mark Humphries into the attack brought instant success with 2 wickets in his first over. Sample however remained and despite losing 2 more wickets ended up unbeaten with 69 not out in the Old Boys total of 174 for 5 off their 35 overs. Humphries finished with fine figures of 3-19 off 4 overs. When Bamburgh batted they started in a more sedate manner with 35 on the board in the 11th over until they lost Alsept for 18. The backbone of the innings was John Ferguson who continued his good form making 70 before an unfortunate run out scuppered the home sides chances. However they made a good fist of it falling 9 runs short with Michael Kirkup unbeaten on 48 off 50 balls. The Old boys used 6 bowlers with the wickets shared. Another loss for the seasiders in a very competitive match.

Dave Parmley

Sunday 7th August 2016

BAMBURGH CASTLE 139 for 6 beat STAMFORDHAM 138 for 8 by 4 wickets

Bamburgh got back to winning ways by defeating West Tyne club Stamfordham by 4 wickets in a match sponsored by Rington's Tea at the Castle field on Sunday. Winning the toss the seasiders asked Stamfordham to bat and faced with good accurate bowling had the visitors on the back foot although the first wicket was a run out from a direct hit by Josh McDonald with the score on 18 in the 7th over. Opener Alan Patterson was joined by Gary Halbert and took the score to 46 before both were dismissed in 4 balls in the 15th and 16th over. D Gray then came to the crease and attempted to up the scoring rate and despite losing a further 5 wickets the visitors finished on 138 for 8 off their 35 overs. Gray top scoring with 41with Patterson 24. Bamburgh used 6 bowlers with skipper Richard Alsept taking 3 for 13 and seasonal debutant Michael Kirkup 2-22. The home side opened up with John Ferguson and Lawrence Reeves and they looked as if they were in total command and Bamburgh were 110 for 0 in the 25th over before the famous Bamburgh collapse started and after 30 overs were 128 for 6. Finn Baker-Cresswell however kept his nerve to hit 2 fours in consecutive balls to see Bamburgh home. Top scorers were Ferguson with 43 and Reeves 37. The bowlers who did the damage for Stamfordham were A Farwan with 3-11 and Richie Gardner with 2-24. A good win for the depleted home side against a good side.

Dave Parmley

Sunday 31st July 2016

MANDERSTON 95 for 3 beat BAMBURGH CASTLE 94 all out by 7 wickets

Bamburgh travelled up the A1 to Manderston and suffered their worst defeat of the season losing by 7 wickets. Opting to bat first Bamburgh were soon in trouble on 7 for 3 with opening bowlers James Connington and Dave Ebner causing havoc only Lawrence Reeves batting at 4 showed any resistance making a chanceless 27 until he was caught down the leg side by the keeper one of 9 catches taken by the home side as Bamburgh were skittled out for 94 in the 29th over. Seven bowlers were used by Manderston with six of them sharing the wickets. When Manderston batted Bamburgh made early inroads and both openers were in the hutch with nine on the board giving Bamburgh hope which quickly evaporated as Mark Connington and Alec Sim added 66 to take the game away from Bamburgh Sim finished on 55 not out although he was dropped on 2 occasions as the hosts passed the visitors total in the 23rd over. In a match Bamburgh would like to forget there was a wicket each for Steve Mallinson, Andrew Wright and Richard Alsept. As the saying goes catches win matches and this was very true on this occasion.

Dave Parmley

Sunday 24th July 2016

BAMBURGH CASTLE 115 for 1 beat THE VIKINGS 111 for 3 by 9 wickets

Bamburgh completed a fine week by winning two matches, first defeating the Percy Farmers by 6 wickets on Thursday in a match sponsored by the Lobster Pot and completing the double against the Vikings on Sunday kindly sponsored by the Mizen Head. On Sunday the Vikings opted to bat in a match reduced to 30 overs because of rain and despite losing a wicket in the 6th over with the total on 14 made steady progress with Russel Perry and Dave Purvis at the crease and took the score to 63 before they both retired allowing the rest of the team a bat and despite losing a further 2 wickets the Vikings ended up on 111 for 3 off 30 overs top scorer on 27 was Purvis. A wicket each for Josh McDonald, Steve Mallinson and surprise packet Lawrence Reeves who finished with excellent figures of 1 for 6 off 6 overs. When the seasiders batted they made short work of the total and with 2 retirements of their own and with 4 batsmen totaling over 20 each reached there target with 10 overs to spare. The young Vikings attack tried their best but could not cope with the Bamburgh batting although Purvis bowled really well with 0 for 6 off 5 overs. Special thanks should go to the Vikings for playing on in the rain when many teams would have come off.

Dave Parmley

Sunday 17th July 2016

EGLINGHAM 232 for 9 beat BAMBURGH CASTLE 228 for 9 by 1 wicket

Bamburgh traveled to Eglingham on Sunday and suffered a 1 wicket defeat in a high scoring match to their near neighbours. Batting first a depleted Bamburgh side attacked from the start making 58 in the first 9 overs when Tony Jackson was run out for an entertaining 31 runs Johnny Roxburgh then hit 31 runs including 5 consecutive sixes in one over before he had to retire on 53 off 37 balls. The innings then took a familiar pattern with Eglingham chipping away at the Bamburgh batting and after 25 overs the visitors were 161 for 6. Some stubborn late resistance with John Ferguson making 47 and Billy Wright 24 saw the innings close on 228 for 9 off their 40 overs. Eglingham used 7 bowlers the best analysis coming from Ben Threllfell with 2 for 27. When Eglingham batted Bamburgh were soon on the attack and had the hosts 34 for 3 in 9 overs but with a very strong batting line up to follow they knew they had a task on their hands. The hosts were struggling on 128 for 7 when Jhai Berry Alnmouth's Aussie joined Alnwick's Aussie Ben Threllfell at the crease and thus began a masterclass in batting taking the attack to the bowlers hitting to all parts of the ground Berry ended up on 68 not out off 44 balls and Threllfell 44 not out off 40 balls the hosts won with 4 and a half overs to spare. Best bowling from Bamburgh was Andrew Wright with 2-11 off 5 overs. An enjoyable afternoon off friendly cricket was played in a sporting fashion.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 26th June 2016

BAMBURGH CASTLE 230 for 4 beat OLD RECORD PLAYERS 37 for 6 declared by 193 runs

On Sunday at the Castle Field Bamburgh entertained O.R.P. in a match sponsored by Clifftop Caravan Park in Seahouses and came away with a emphatic victory by 193 runs. Opting to bat first the seasiders after a sedate first 10 overs began to accelerate and led from the front by skipper Richard Alsept took the attack to the bowlers, three of the home batsmen retired after making fifties Alsept (52) Tom Woodburn (52) and Lawrence Reeves (50) and with Andrew Wright also unbeaten on 38 the home side made a fine 230 for the loss of 4 wickets. Best bowling from the visitors were Steve O'Mara 1-32 and Tony Glover 1-28 both off 7 overs. When O.R.P. batted the contest was over after only 5 overs when Steve Mallinson ripped through the top order taking 3-10 in his 4 overs. Token resistance was by M Planshent who made 23 out of the total of 37 for 6 before with rain falling the visiting skipper conceded defeat and brought proceedings to a premature end.

Dave Parmley

Sunday 19th June 2016

BAMBURGH CASTLE 72 for 0 v VICTORIANS 134 for 9 match abandoned

In a match sponsored by Martin Patterson, Embrace Bamburgh entertained a team from the R.V.I. in Newcastle called the Victorians and due to the rain the match was abandoned with the hosts in a very strong position. Opting to bat first the visitors made a solid start with openers Issy Fazal and Harry Singh they took the score to 49 without loss before they both perished within 3 balls Singh for 13 and the more aggressive visiting skipper Fazal for 29. The batting that followed struggled against the bowling and with only number 3 Asif Hassan attacking they made a total of 134 for 9 off their allotted overs Hassan finishing on 28. Best bowling for the hosts were skipper Johnny Roxburgh with 1 for 10 off 6 overs and Billy Wright 3 for 5 off his 3 overs. With drizzle in the air openers Roxburgh and debutant Rory Wilson set about their task with gusto but were beaten by the rain and with Roxburgh unbeaten on 51 and Wilson 11 the match was abandoned with the hosts on 72 without loss in the 12th over. Another good performance by the hosts in an enjoyable atmosphere.

Dave Parmley

Sunday 5th June 2016

BAMBURGH CASTLE 113 for 9 lost to PONTELAND 116 for 6 by 4 wickets

After last  Sunday's run fest Bamburgh lost their first match of the season by 4 wickets to Ponteland in a match sponsored by The Castle Inn in Bamburgh. Put into bat Bamburgh raced out of the blocks and despite losing an early wicket were 42 for 1 after just 6 overs, however the famous Bamburgh batting collapse kicked in and from being 42 for 1 found themselves on a paltry 68 for 8 in the 21st over. Billy Wright then joined debutant Robbie Richardson and the pair of them tried to repair the damage and added 41 before Richardson was out in the last over for a patient 13. Wright remained unbeaten on 25 at the end of the 35 overs with the total on 113 for 9. Outstanding contributions from the Ponteland pair of young Joe Boaden with 2-8 and stalwart Jeff Oliver with 4-7 both off their 7 overs bowled in tandem and stifled the home side. When Pont batted they lost early wickets and slumped to 44 for 3 before the recovery started and the visitors limped along until they reached their target with 3 overs to spare top scorer being P Singh with 21 and best bowling came from Tom Woodburn with 1-13 off 7 and Billy Wright 0-3 off his 6 overs. If Bamburgh had had another 20 runs or so it could have been an interesting match.

Dave Parmley

Sunday 29th May 2016

BAMBURGH CASTLE 281 for 3 beat WOLSINGHAM 252 for 7 by 29 runs

In a game of captivating cricket Bamburgh overcame a resiliant Wolsingham by 29 runs in a runs fest on Sunday in a match sponsored by Wyndenwell Bamburgh. The star of the day was home skipper Johnny Roxburgh who hit an amazing unbeaten 206 in 108 balls in Bamburgh's massive total of 281 for the loss of 3 wickets. Roxburgh hit 19 fours and 11 sixes in his knock and received support from his batting partners in  the quest for runs. Wolsingham used 10 bowlers in an attempt to halt the runs with J Wilks the best with 1 for 29 off his 6 overs. If Bamburgh thought they could cruise to victory they where in for a rude awakening when the Wolsingham openers Mark Watson and Nick Dalton set about their task and could not be separated until with the total on 193 Watson was bowled by Andrew Wright for a fine 93. Dalton was 4th out when he also made 93. Wolsingham's innings ended on 252 for 7 in their 35 overs a deficit of 29 runs best bowling came from Andrew Wright with 3 for 51. A thrilling days cricket which yielded 533 runs in 70 overs.  

Dave Parmley

Sunday 22nd May 2016

BAMBURGH CASTLE 191 for 7 beat TILLSIDE 177 for 5 by 14 runs

On Sunday in a match sponsored by the Mizen Head Bamburgh prevailed in a thrilling high scoring match against Tillside by 14 runs at the Castle ground. Batting first Bamburgh lost a quick wicket in the third over which brought Richard Alsept to the crease to join skipper Johnny Roxburgh and the pair added 83 runs in 10 overs until Alsept holed out in the deep for a fine 30 runs with the total on 93. Roxburgh carried on in his own merry way and top scored 79 off 65 balls in the seasiders total of 191 for 7 off their 35 overs. The pick of the bowlers for the Etal side was young Joe Bickerton who finished with 3 for 36. If Roxburgh's knock was good he was eclipsed in Tillside's inning's by opener Bruce Toulson who was unbeaten on 108 in the run chase with 12 fours and 2 sixes he found a willing partner in Ross Hindmarsh who was also unbeaten on 28 but the Etal side despite the valiant effort came up 14 runs short. Best bowling for the home side came from Billy Wright with 2-24 off his 7 overs the only disappointment for the home side was the catching with at least 4 being grounded but a good win played in a good spirit.

Dave Parmley




Sunday 8th May 2016


BAMBURGH CASTLE 156 for 5 beat EGLINGHAM 152 for 8 by 5 wickets


On a glorious Sunday afternoon Bamburgh entertained their near neighbours Eglingham and came out victors by 5 wickets. Eglingham having won the toss decided to bat and lost their opening batsmen with the total on 10 in the eight over. Richie Macauly was joined by Euan Moir and began the recovery adding 47 before Moir was out for 26 Macauly was proving difficult to dislodge and he found a willing ally in Jay Berry and with the scoreboard ticking over the visitors finished their innings on a respectable 152 for 8 in their 35 overs both Macauly and Berry finished on 39. Best bowling for the seasiders was Andrew Wright who took 3-22 off his 6 overs. When Bamburgh batted they too also lost 2 quick wickets before Andrew Wright joined Bradley Spiers at the crease and with selective hitting managed to take the game away from the visitors Spiers was out bowled for 41 and Wright retired not out on 51. Bamburgh reached their target with 6 overs remaining. The match was sponsored by Malcolm Hornsby Plumbing and was played in a tremendous spirit and praise should be made for the sporting way in which both Bamburgh and Eglingham played the match.



Dave Parmley



Sunday 24th April 2016

THE VIKINGS 78 all out lost to BAMBURGH CASTLE 82 for 1 by 9 wickets

Bamburgh travelled down to Tynemouth on Sunday and came away with a comprehensive victory against a youthful Vikings team. Batting first the hosts were soon in trouble against Bamburgh's bowling attack and didn't really get to grips with the bowling. Only opener Russell Perry (20) and number 3 batsman youngster Will Perry (29) made double figures as the hosts were skittled out for 78 in the 32nd over. All the Bamburgh bowlers bowled well with the pick of the bunch young Josh McDonald who took 3-13 off his 7 overs. When Bamburgh batted they took advantage of some wayward bowling and reached their target in only 11 overs which included  11 fours for the loss of 1 wicket with Bradley Spiers finishing unbeaten on 40. A good start to the season for the Castle side and a well earned victory.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 31st August 2015

BAMBURGH CASTLE 100 all out lost to MANDERSTON 101 for 4 by 6 wickets

Bamburgh lost their penultimate game of the season going down by 6 wickets to an experienced Manderston side on Sunday. Bamburgh fielding 5 players under 15 were put into bat by the Borderers and were soon in trouble losing their first 3 wickets for 22 runs in the first 10 overs. Andrew Wright joined acting skipper Johnny Roxburgh at the crease and attempted to stem the flow however Roxburgh was out in the 18th over for a fine 31 so it was left to Wright to guide Bamburgh to a decent score and despite losing wickets ended up with the total on exactly 100 in the 37th over Wright finished on 29 not out a valiant effort against a fine bowling attack. Manderston used 8 bowlers 6 of whom took wickets. When Manderston batted hopes were raised when Steve Mallinson took 2 wickets in 2 balls to leave the visitors 13 - 2 in the 5th over. However Angus Sim joined wicketkeeper Matty Taylor at the crease and took the game away from Bamburgh adding 77 in 13 overs before both were dismissed Sim for 34 and Taylor a swashbuckling 46 with the total on 90. Manderston completed their victory 3 overs later. Mallinson finished with 2-30 with a wicket each for Roxburgh and Harry Sutherland for Bamburgh.The match was kindly sponsored by The Mizen Head Bamburgh.

Dave Parmley

 Sunday 23rd August 2015

BAMBURGH CASTLE 136 for 3 beat DAVIPART 133 all out by 7 wickets

Davipart a side from South Tyneside travelled up to Bamburgh for the first time and lost by 7 wickets on Sunday. Choosing to bat first the visitors were soon in their stride and made steady progress with openers J Dutta and R Rawlley Junior looking in fine form and made 59 in 14 overs before they were out in consecutive overs Rawlley on 27 and Dutta 25. This started a mini collapse and 6 more wickets fell for 23 runs in 10 overs leaving the visitors on 84 for 7. Dave Gillfillan then joined Hamza at the crease and started the counter attack added 40 runs before Hamza wes out for 22 with the total on 124. A further 9 runs were added before the innings finished on 133 after 35 overs. Gilfillan finishing unbeaten on 24. Bamburgh bowled well with a mixture of youth and experience with Josh McDonald taking 3-21 the main wicket taker. When Bamburgh batted they found runs hard to come by and slipped to 26 for 3 in the 11th over before Wayne Ritzema joined opener Niall Penfold at the crease and with some hard hitting took the game away from the visitors Penfold retired unbeaten on 50 before Ritzema finished unbeaten also on 50 in the 26th over with support from Andrew Wright also unbeaten on 13 off 13 balls. Best bowling for the visitors was J Thomson with 2-20 off his 7 overs. Another good win for the seasiders in a match sponsored by Castle Hotel Bamburgh.

Dave Parmley

Sunday 26th July 2015

MANDERSTON 110 for 8 lost to BAMBURGH CASTLE 114 for 3 by 7 wickets

Bamburgh travelled up to Manderston with 4 seasonal debutants included in there side and defeated a depleted Manderston side by 7 wickets on Sunday. Opting to bat first the home side struggled to score quick runs against the Bamburgh opening attack of Michael Kirkup and Andrew Wright with only opening batsman J Macdonald scoring useful runs numbers 2 to 6 all perished without making double figures. Macdonald found a useful partner in E Richards and halted the slide until Macdonald was finally out caught behind off the bowling of Appleby for a fine 31 which proved to be the top score with the home side finishing the innings on 110 for 8 off 35 overs Richards finished unbeaten on 23. All 5 bowlers used by Bamburgh took wickets with skipper Eric Nicholson taking 3-34 the best figures. When Bamburgh batted rain was in the air and they attacked from the start and despite losing 3 wickets romped home with 7 overs to spare opener James Ferguson finished unbeaten on 32 on his debut. Best bowling figures for the hosts was D Wright with a tidy 1-19 off his seven overs. A good win achieved with only 9 men for Bamburgh hopefully they can turn out a full team for the remainder of the season.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 19th July 2015

BERWICK 111 all out lost to BAMBURGH CASTLE 248 for 8 by 137 runs

A superb century by Johnny Roxburgh was the highlight of Bamburgh's victory over Berwick on Sunday by 137 runs. The Castle side travelled up the A1 to take on Berwick on Sunday and after electing to bat were soon in trouble losing 2 wickets in the first 2 overs before Roxburgh took over firstly with Alex Davies and then the telling partnership with Billy Wright propelling the visitors to 165 in the 23rd over when Wright was out bowled by Mark Emery for a seasons best 33. Roxburgh was finally out for a fine 104 in the 25th over off 63 balls including 13 fours and 5 sixes with the total on 180. Bamburgh continued to attack with Andrew Wright making a fine 37 off 27 balls as Bamburgh finished on 248 for 8 off their 35 overs. Best bowling for the hosts were Emery with 2-29 and young Jamie Newton with 2-31.When the hosts batted they like Bamburgh lost early wickets but unlike the visitors Berwick lost further wickets and half of their side were dismissed for 58 in the tenth over. With rain falling sportingly Berwick stayed on the field and despite a fighting 19 in 14 balls by Michael Hush were dismissed in the 21st over for 111. Berwick skipper Gregor Thomson top scored with 23 whilst opener James Thompson made 22. Best bowling figures for Bamburgh was Michael Kirkup with 3-23 but all 5 bowlers took wickets backed up with some exellent fielding from the visitors. A good win played in a sporting manner by both sides. Bamburgh said goodbye to Spike Strang who played his last match for the club before taking up a teaching post in Thailand, he will be missed.

Dave Parmley

Sunday 19th July 2015

EGLINGHAM 155 for 8 lost to BAMBURGH CASTLE 159 for 7 by 3 wickets

Bamburgh traveled to near neighbours Eglingham on Sunday and returned to winning ways by defeating the depleted hosts by 3 wickets in the last over. Opting to bat the hosts were soon in trouble losing their first 5 wickets for 36 in the 13th over. Tom Riddell then joined Brian Dugdale and started the comeback Riddell scoring an aggressive 60 not out off 47 balls including 5 fours and 3 sixes whilst Dugdale batting at 3 had the anchor role making a more sedate 62 not out off 87 balls leaving the hosts on 155 for 8 off their 35 overs. Andrew Wright with 2-3 off his 5 overs had the best bowling figures but special mention should go to young Josh McDonald who took his first 2 wickets for Bamburgh for 23 runs. Chasing the modest total Bamburgh started with caution losing a wicket in the 9th over when 13 year old Henry Robson bowled skipper Spike Strang for 12 with the total on 29. Michael Kirkup joined Harry Lobb and despite two interuptions for rain before Lobb was out to a superb catch by Archer off Zak Stephenson for a fine 44 with the score on 76. There then followed another mini Bamburgh collapse losing 5 wickets for 46 runs in 12 overs. Kirkup was still there and joined by Neil McDonald who added the 36 runs required leaving it until the final over to secure the victory. Kirkup finished with an unbeaten 43 and McDonald 14. Eglingham skipper Davy Scott was the main wicket taker with 4-27 off his 7 overs. A good win for the Castle side in a match played in a friendly fashion.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 12th July 2015

BAMBURGH CASTLE 169 for 8 lost to THE VIKINGS 179 for 5 by 10 runs

 Bamburgh Castle in action against The Vikings.









The Vikings again invaded Bamburgh and left with a 10 run victory in a exciting match at the Castle Field on Sunday. Batting first The Vikings with a good blend of youth and experience opted to bat and despite losing opener Taylor in the 3rd over attacked the bowling from the start and with Tom Berzin joining county player Ollie McGee put on an impressive 68 in 11 overs including lots of quick singles before McGee was bowled by Billy Wright for a fine 35 off 37 balls. The scoring rate continued and Berzin made a fine 50 before retiring. A further wicket fell before Russell Perry was joined by Dan Humble and after adding 55 in 7 overs Perry was stumped for 39 in the 31st over with the total on 179 The Vikings declared their innings. Andrew Wright was the main wicket taker for Bamburgh with 2-45.When Bamburgh batted the home side set about there task but despite making starts no batsmen scored over 20 until Andrew Wright came to the crease with the total on 74 for 4 in the 19th over and began to enjoy himself helped at first from Richard Alsept (20) and skipper George Shiel (13 not out) to get Bamburgh to 164 in the 34th over until he was out for a fine 45. Bamburgh finished their innings 10 runs short a valiant effort against a strong Vikings side. Best bowling from the visitors was Dan Humble with 3-23 in a match kindly sponsored by J.C. Agronomy.

Dave Parmley



Sunday 5th July 2015

BAMBURGH CASTLE 146 for 8 beat PRUDHOE 145 for 8 by 2 wickets

Bamburgh returned to winnings ways with a 2 wicket win over Prudhoe on Sunday at the Castle Field on Sunday. Electing to bat the visitors lost their 2 opening batsmen in the first 8 overs before Chris Sewell and Gary Chamberlain began the recovery then Sewell played on for a fine 26 with the total on 47. This brought his 13 year old son Marcus to the crease and showing great maturity he guided the Prudhoe innings to respectability losing partners at regular intervals before he was the 7th wicket to fall in the 36th over for a fine 44 including 6 fours with the total on 125. Prudoe scored a further 20 runs in the final 4 overs to finish on 145 for 8 in their allotted 40 overs. Bamburgh used 10 bowlers with the best bowling figures to Harry Lobb who finished on 2-2 off his 2 overs. When Bamburgh batted they started off at a fast pace and were 111 for 2 after 17 overs before they lost top scorer Johnny Roxburgh for a fine 47 off 31 balls including 4 sixes and 1 four. This signalled a mini collapse as the home side 6 wickets for 32 runs in 14 overs before they limped over the line in the 32nd over with 2 wickets remaining. Roxburgh was supported by opener Max Harrison with a fine 37. Best bowling for the Tyne valley side was Marcus Sewell who followed up his batting with taking 3-21 in 3 overs ably assisted by another junior J Howden 2-24. A good win despite the wobbles kindly sponsored by Northumbrian Leisure.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 14th June 2015

BAMBURGH CASTLE 118 all out lost to N E SELECT XI by 6 wickets 

Bamburgh lost to a very strong North East Select eleven including 3 Australians by 6 wickets at the Castle Field on Sunday. Electing to bat the seasiders despite losing an early wicket made steady progress against a potent attack and Harry Lobb and Johnny Roxburgh took the total to 68 for 1 after 21 overs before they both fell within 2 balls Lobb for a fine 40 and Roxburgh 24. Two more wickets fell to seamer Dave Waters in a further 5 balls so 4 wickets were lost in 7 balls leaving Bamburgh 70 for 5. The home side never recovered from this and were all out in the 39th over for 118. Nick Richardson finishing 23 not out was the only other home batsman to make double figures. The select eleven used nine bowlers with Waters (3 for 34) the main wicket taker. When the select eleven batted despite losing a wicket in the third ball of there innings Washington's Aussie pro Troy Mais joined Richie Hanlon and added 53 in 8 overs with Mais smashing 44 (6 fours and 3 sixes) of those runs before being caught superbly by Richard Alsept off Andrew Wright on the boundry attempting to reach his 50. Despite losing 2 more wickets the select eleven passed the total in the 24th over. Wayne Ritzma 37 and Andrew Morgan 11 the not out batsmen. The Bamburgh bowlers stuck to their tasks and never let there heads drop in the Select eleven attack. The match was played in a sporting manner and kindly sponsored by Wyndenwell in Bamburgh.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 14th June 2015

BAMBURGH CASTLE 208 for 5 beat Saint CUTHBERT'S 126 for 8 by 82 runs

Bamburgh returned to winning ways with a 82 run win over St Cuthbert's on Sunday at the Castle Field on Sunday. Batting first Bamburgh attacked from the start with opener Jonny Roxburgh (7 fours and 1 six) and Nick Richardson (2 fours) making unbeaten 50's before having to retire. The scoring then subsided before a sixth wicket partnership from seasonal debutant Ryan Kelly and Andrew Wright added an unbeaten 38 off the final 4 overs for Bamburgh to finish on 208 for 5 in their 35 overs. Pick of the bowling was a tidy spell from Ken Pollard 3-23 in his 7 overs.
When St Cuthbert's batted the County Durham outfit struggled against the Bamburgh opening bowlers and were 31 after 14 overs before the change bowlers of Ryan Kelly and Michael Kirkup got 3 wickets in 2 overs. Number 3 bat Ian Wardle was keeping the innings together but the only significant partnership was the 5th wicket stand of 56 in 8 overs with John Wells who made a brisk 25 in 23 balls before he was out with the total on 104. Wardle continued to frustrate the Bamburgh attack before he was finally dismissed in the 34th over off the bowling of Michael Kirkup for 45. This left the visitors 82 runs short. Ryan Kelly with 4-14 and Michael Kirkup 2-20 were the main wicket takers in the bowling attack which consisted of 9 different bowlers. A good return to form for Bamburgh in a match sponsored by Adderstone Services.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 14th June 2015

TILLSIDE 108 for 6 beat BAMBURGH CASTLE 106 for 8 by 4 wickets

Bamburgh traveled to Tillside and the Etal based side gained revenge for a defeat earlier in the season by beating the seasiders by 4 wickets on Sunday. Winning the toss Bamburgh opted to bat with a scratch side and made a steady start making 23 in 5 overs before they collapsed to 28 for 4 in the 11th over. Billy Wright and young Mark Humphries then got there head down and tried to rebuilt the innings but a further collapse when they lost a further 3 wickets to leave the visitors 60 for 7 in the 29th over before skipper George Shiel was joined by Steve Mallinson and riding their luck added 45 runs in rapid time before the innings ended on 106 for 8 off their allotted overs. Mallinson top scoring with 22 and Sheil unbeaten on 18. A fine bowling performance from the home side with 8 bowlers used Darren Carrick (2-7) and Dave Robertson (2-9)  the main wicket takers. When Tillside batted they lost a wicket in the second over before Alan Hindmarsh joined Jack Bagness at the crease added 42 runs in 14 overs before Bagness was out for 28 with the total on 46 Hindmarsh soon followed and Darren Carrick joined Calum Bickerton took Tillside within sight of victory when 3 wickets fell in 4 overs before the Etal side claimed victory in the 32nd over. Richard Alsept (2-19) and Eric Nicholson (2-18) took key wickets at key times. A feature of the Bamburgh side was the impressive fielding with their heads not going down at any time.

Dave Parmley



Sunday 7th June 2015

BAMBURGH CASTLE 134 all out lost to PONTELAND 193 for 8 by 59 runs

Bamburgh lost to a strong Ponteland side by 59 runs at the Castle Green on Sunday. Ponteland opted to bat and included first teamer Simon Taylor who needed some batting time and opened the innings. He then proceeded to make a stylish 100 before he retired in the 39th over. He was indeed the glue which kept the Ponteland innings together in their total of 193 for 8 in their allocated 40 overs. Assisted by J Dobbing who made 28 and M Bell a patient 19. The Bamburgh bowlers stuck to their task and 5 bowlers took wickets with Steve Mallinson taking 2-44.When Bamburgh batted they were soon in trouble at 67 for 7 in the 26th over before a counter attack led by Neil McDonald who hit a fine 26 left the home side 59 runs short at 134 in the 40th over. Ponteland used 10 bowlers in their pursuit of wickets best bowling fell to Simon Taylor's father Matt who at 65 was playing his last match for Ponteland who took 2-16 off 6 overs. A creditable performance from Bamburgh who lost to a more experienced side. The match was sponsored by Nicholson Morgan Solocitors.


Dave Parmley


Friday 5th June 2015

BAMBURGH INVITATION XI 198 for 4 beat M.C. LIONS (MUMBAI) 193 for 7 by 6 wickets.

A Bamburgh Invitation side made up of players from Alnmouth, Stamfordham and Bamburgh entertained the touring M.C. Lions side from India on Friday and defeated their visitors by 6 wickets. The tourists won the toss and decided to bat on a fine afternoon and were soon on the offensive and got off to a fine start with 49 on the board before the first wicket fell in the 12th over. The Lions made steady progress but with the Invitation XI taking wickets at regular intervals the innings closed on 193 for 7 off the allotted 40 overs Ronak Seth with a fine 56 off 74 balls the star with the bat assisted by 43 for Akash Ditta. Best bowling for the Invitation XI was Jonny Ridley with 2-22. When the Invitation XI batted they set upon their task with gusto and despite losing four wickets in the process passed the total with 4 overs to spare the Alnmouth pair of Richie Neil with 44 and Charles Anderson unbeaten on 49 the main contributors. Best bowling for the tourists who thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of the hosts was Sameer Shah with 3-18 off his 8 overs. The match was kindly sponsored by The Lord Crewe in Bamburgh.

Dave Parmley



            Mumbai and BCCC Teams                                            

Sunday 24th May 2015

BAMBURGH CASTLE 89 all out beat TILLSIDE 88 all out by 1 run

In a low scoring match on Sunday Bamburgh beat Tillside in a thrilling game by just 1 run. Batting first on a wicket which was damp from the overnight rain Bamburgh innings stuttered along losing wickets on a regular interval and after 30 overs the score had crawled along to 66 for 8 and only 23 were added to see the seasiders bowled out in the final over for a paltry 89. With only 3 batsmen reaching double figures top scorer being Michael Kirkup with 21. Tillside used 10 bowlers with the wickets shared between 7 of them. Both Jack Bagness and Michael Caddick finishing on 2-11 each. If Tillside thought it would be better in the second innings they were in for a rude awakening for after 19 overs they has slipped to 49 for 8 but a stand of 39 between wicket keeper Peter Thomas (22) and Michael Caddick (19) took Tillside within 2 runs of victory with 2 overs left but both batsmen were dismissed within 3 balls to give Bamburgh an unlikely win. All 6 Bamburgh bowlers bowled well with Andrew Wright taking 3-19 and Steve Mallinson 4-17 the main wicket takers but they had good support from the other 4. The match was kindly sponsored by The Mizen Head in Bamburgh.

Dave Parmley



Sunday 17th May 2015

BAMBURGH CASTLE 142-8 beat BLAGDON PARK 111-9 by 31 runs

Bamburgh won their first match of the season when they defeated a determined young Blagdon Park side by 31 runs at the Castle ground on Sunday. Opting to bat first Bamburgh lost a wicket in the third over and the they began to consolidate against some accurate bowling with Harry Lobb and firstly Richard Alsept and then Johnny Roxburgh and when Roxburgh was out in the 28th over the seasiders were 87-3. With Lobb holding the innings together they finally totaled a reasonable score of 142 for 8 off 40 overs. Lobb top scoring with a fine 76. Blagdon used 8 bowlers the most impressive was young A Senior who opened the bowling with 1 for 1 off 5 overs. When Blagdon batted they were always behind the clock and some tight bowling by the home side restricted Blagdon to 111 for 9 off their 40 overs skipper Matty Senior top scoring with 33 assisted by a patient 22 from young wicketkeeper Ben Gibson with 22. Bamburgh used 7 bowlers who all bowled a tight line the wickets being shared by 6 of them. A good win for Bamburgh in a match sponsored by The Mizen Head in Bamburgh.

Dave Parmley



Sunday 14th September

BAMBURGH CASTLE 236 for 9 beat PEEBLES 131 FOR 8 by 105 runs

Bamburgh met Peebles in their last cricket match of the season after a two week break when two  opponents could not raise teams. Batting first Bamburgh took advantage of some loose bowling and made steady progress and after 20 overs were 126 for 2 they then put there foot to the peddle added a further 110 runs in 15 overs to end their 35 overs on a very healthy 236 for 9 losing 4 wickets in the last over in the quest for runs. Johnny Roxburgh (52), Harry Lobb (50 retired not out) and Laurence Reeves (45) were the main contributors to the home side and Paul Murray taking an impressive 4-17 for Peebles off  4 overs. When Peebles batted they struggled from the start against the opening bowling attack of Andrew Wright and Steve Mallinson and after 15 overs were 33 for 4. There then followed a bit of a recovery when Paul Murray and Tom Brian added 55 runs off a further 9 overs before Brian was out for 30. Bamburgh then let all the players apart from the wicket keeper to bowl and Peebles finished there 35 overs 105 runs short of the Bamburgh total, Tom Brian top scored on 34 for Peebles. Billy Wright took the bowling honours with 2-13 off 5 overs. A satisfactory performance from Bamburgh who won 9 of there 16 fixtures this season. The Peebles match was kindly sponsored by ex skipper Steve Robinson.

H Lobb                                    retired not out               50
R Alsept                                  b Tom Brian                   8
J Bailey          ct D Fairholm     b J Slater                       16
L Reeves                                b S Strang                     45
J Roxburgh                              b P Murray                    52
B Spiers          ct J Slater         b S Strang                       0
S Robinson      st J Pace           b P Murray                     13
A Wright         ct J Pace            b P Murray                     23
S Mallinson                              run out                            8
B Wright                                 not out                             1
G Shiel                                     b P Murray                      0
                                               Extras                            19
                                               TOTAL                         236 for 9

B Webb 0-25: Tom Brian 1-43: M Egginton 0-40: J Slater 1-23
S Strang 2-23: Tim Brian 0-41: C Waymark 0-17: P Murray 4-17

D Fairholm      ct G Shiel           b S Mallinson              8
S Strang                                  b A Wright                  2
Tim Brian        ct J Bailey           b B Wright                  6
C Waymark     ct R Alsept          b B Wright                  4
P Murray         ct R Alsept          b L Reeves                 30
Tony Brian                                run out                      34
J Slater                                     b B Spiers                   3
B Webb                                     b H Lobb                     8
M Eggleton                                retired not out              8
B Spiers                                    not out                       12
J Pace                                       not out                         2
                                                Extras                         14
                                               TOTAL                        131 for 8

A Wright 1-4: S Mallinson 1-10: B Wright 2-13: R Alsept 0-19
L Reeves 1-17: S Robinson 0-17: B Spiers 1-2: H Lobb 1-16
J Bailey 0-18: G Shiel 0-6

Dave Parmley


Sunday 24th August and Monday 25th August

BAMBURGH CASTLE 215 for 5 beat MANDERSTON 164 all out by 51 runs

BAMBURGH CASTLE 213 for 4 beat OVINGHAM 130 for 8 by 83 runs

Bamburgh had a double header fixture at the week end and defeated Manderston by 51 runs on Sunday and Ovingham by 83 runs on Monday using 21 players Johnny Roxburgh the only player to play twice. On Sunday Bamburgh were inserted by Manderston and made good progress and with Lawrence Reeves making 59 off 68 balls and Zoaib Khan a very swift 64 off only 29 balls in a sixth wicket unbeaten partnership of 85 runs in only 9 overs with Johnny Roxburgh unbeaten on 26. When Manderston batted they made 164 all out off 34 overs in their run chase A Sim topped scored with 43 ably assisted by wicketkeeper Matty Taylor with an unbeaten 31. Best bowling for the seasiders was Hamed Hassan with 5-39 off his 8 overs  On Bank holiday Monday Bamburgh entertained Ovingham and made 213 for 4 off their 40 overs Johnny Roxburgh making 56 and debutant Tony Jackson an unbeaten 72 off only 51 balls faced Ovingham used 7 bowlers but made little impact on the home side. When Ovingham batted the lost 2 wickets in the 1st over and despite stubborn resistance by Pete Wallbank (29) and P Pratik who top scored on 30 batted through their 40 overs to finish on 130 for 8. Bamburgh used 8 bowlers and the wickets were shared out between 5 of them. Two good victories were achieved with both matches sponsored by The Lord Crewe Hotel in Bamburgh.

Sunday   BAMBURGH CASTLE 215 for 5 (Z Khan 64 not out, L Reeves 59) MANDERSTON 164 (A Sim 43, M Taylor 31 not out, Hamed Hassan 5-39)
Monday BAMBURGH CASTLE 213 for 4 (T Jackson 72 not out, J Roxburgh 56, S Robinson 31) OVINGHAM 130 for 8 (P Pratik 30)

Dave Parmley

Sunday 17th August

BAMBURGH CASTLE 78 for 2 beat K.S.T.O.B. 77 all out by 8 Wickets

Bamburgh entertained Kings School Tynemouth Old Boys on Sunday at a windswept Castle green and beat the Old Boys by 8 wickets. Electing to bat the Old Boys lost their two opening batsmen with the score on 2 in the  4th over. Brian Walker then joined Tom Devlin at the crease and added the only purposeful partnership in the Old Boys innings adding 42 runs in 14 overs until Bamburgh introduced Billy Wright into the attack with instant success trapping Devlin l.b.w. for 12 and in his next over Walker caught and bowled for a fine 22. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and apart from token resistance from Ian Black with 14 the Old Boys were all out in the 35th over for 77. Remarkable bowling analysis for Billy Wright who finished with 4-4 off his 8 overs and Steve Mallinson 4-6 off his 6 overs. When Bamburgh batted the Old Boys with a depleted bowling attack struggled to keep the home side quiet and despite taking 2 wickets in 2 overs could not prevent Bamburgh from passing the total in the 19th over. Johnny Roxburgh with 23 and Laurence Reeves with an unbeaten 40 off 43 balls were the main contributors for the home side. A wicket each for Andy Robson and Graham Moir for the gallant losers. Bamburgh also entertained Benwell Hill on Wednesday and suffered a heavy loss by 82 runs. Both matches were kindly sponsored by Nicholson and Morgan of Ponteland.

P Coyne                      ct J Roxburgh       b S Mallinson            2
A Robson                    ct J Roxburgh       b S Mallinson            0
T Devlin                       l.b.w.                  b B Wright              12
B Walker                     ct & bowled          b B Wright              22
B Elliott                        ct J Roxburgh       b S Mallinson           4
J Hopkins                     ct L Reeves           b B Wright               0
M Anderson                 ct A Wright           b B Wright               4
I Black                                                    b S Mallinson         14
G Moir                                                     not out                    2
D Henderson                l.b.w.                   b B Spiers                0
                                                                Extras                  17
                                                                TOTAL                 77 all out

A Wright 0-23: S Mallinson 4-6: M Humphreys 0-9: B Wright 4-4
W Blackburn 0-11: G Shiel 0-8: B Spiers 1-6

J Roxburgh                                              b G Moir                  23
G Shiel                                                    b A Robson               5
L Reeves                                                 not out                    40
M Blackburn                                             not out                     5
                                                               Extras                      5
                                                                TOTAL                   78 for 2
A Robson 1-15: J Hopkins 0-31: G Moir 1-25: I Black 0-5

Dave Parmley


Sunday 3rd August

MANDERSTON 238 for 5 beat BAMBURGH CASTLE 159 all out by 79 runs

Bamburgh traveled up the A1 to take on Scottish borders side Manderston on Sunday and lost to the borderer's by 79 runs. Batting first Manderston set about their task with gusto and despite losing their first wicket with the total on 39 opener A Sim and number 3 batsman S Culham continued their onslaught adding a century partnership before Culham was out caught behind by Steve Robinson off the bowling of debutant George Phillips for a fine 61 which included 2 fours and 2 sixes. Sim meanwhile carried on until he was finally dismissed for a magnificent 104 which included 11 fours and 2 sixes caught by Reeves off the bowling of Michael Kirkup. The batsmen kept coming and they finished their 40 overs with an impressive total of 238 off their allotted 40 overs. All six Bamburgh bowlers stuck to their task manfully with Kirkup taking 2-29, Richard Alsept 1-52 and Phillips 1-31 the wicket takers with one run out. When Bamburgh batted they tried their best to overhaul the total with 7 of the batsmen making double figures, however with skipper George Shiel top scoring with 21 they lost wickets at regular intervals and fell 79 runs short on 159 in the 36th over. Manderston used 10 bowlers in the match with D and E Richards and J McNeil all taking two wickets each. An enjoyable days cricket was played in the magnificent setting of Manderston House and hopefully the seasiders will bounce back when some of their regular players return.

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Dave Parmley 


Thursday 24th July

BAMBURGH CASTLE 102 all out lost to PERCY FARMERS,  108 for 8 by 6 runs

Bamburgh entertained their friends from Percy Farmers for a twenty twenty game at the Castle field last Thursday and lost a close match by 6 runs. Batting first the Farmers lost a wicket off the fifth ball of the innings bringing Johnnie Ridley in to join Jamie Patterson at the crease and added 52 quick runs before Patterson retired for a fine 30 off only 23 balls including 6 fours After 10 overs Percy Farmers were 62 for 1 and then the Bamburgh bowlers began to take wickets at regular intervals and restricted the Farmers to 108 for 8 off their allotted 20 overs. Ridley making 20 and Callum Batey 24. Two wickets each for Laurence Reeves (2-13) and Billy Wright (2-4) with the bowlers restricted to 2 overs each.When the home side batted two wickets fell in the first 2 overs had them on the back foot but resistence from the batters saw Bamburgh tanterlisingly finishing on 102 off the 20 overs. Reeves making 32 Billy Wright 16 nor out and Tom Woodburn 18. Best bowling were J Coomber 2-4, J Ridley 2-3 and D Plumley 2-6.                                                                     The match was kindly sponsored by Jim Calligham of Bamburgh.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 20th July

EGLINGHAM 152-8 lost to BAMBURGH CASTLE 153-2 by 8 wickets

Bamburgh traveled to Eglingham on Sunday and beat a youthful home side by 8 wickets on a sunny afternoon. Bamburgh won the toss and elected to bat on a surface looking very good after the rain on Saturday and their opening attack of Andrew Wright and Bruce Torrance soon had the hosts in trouble and after 15 overs were 39-4. Home skipper Andrew Scott joined Brian Dugdale at the crease and started to rebuild the innings and they added 53 runs in 14 overs before Dugdale was out l.b.w. to Tom Woodburn for 30. It was then that Scott decided that the best form of defence was attack and he proceeded to make a fine 68 off 72 balls which included 6 fours and 5 sixes before he was out in the 38th over with the total on 140. The innings ended on 152-8 off the alloted 40 overs. A fine bowling performance from the Castle side with both Torrance and Tom Woodburn taking 3 wickets each. Bamburgh opened up their innings with 2 holiday makers visiting Bamburgh brothers Robbie and Johnty Sutherland who made light work of the Eglingham bowling and hammered their way to 102 in 15 overs before Johnty was bowled by Dan Leng for a fine 44, Robbie then carried on and had made a fine 68 off 54 balls when he too was bowled by Leng with the total on 133 in the 19th over. Harry Lobb and Laurence Reeves shared a 20 run stand to see Bamburgh home in the 22nd over. A fine performance from Bamburgh who wish to thank Eglingham for there fine hospitality in a match played in a sporting spirit.

D Graham                          ct T Woodburn       b A Wright                 17
W Hall                                                              b B Torrance             2
B Courty                                                           b B Torrance             1
D Leng                                   l.b.w.                  b B Wright                 4
B Dugdale                              l.b.w.                  b T Woodburn          30
A Scott                               ct S Robinson          b B Torrance            68
C Robson                           ct L Reeves              b T Woodburn            0
M Walton                           ct H Lobb                 b T Woodburn            1
S Lakey                                                            not out                     12
T Cowan                                                           not out                       5
                                                                         Extras                     12
                                                                         TOTAL                   152 for 8

A Wright 1-14: B Torrance 3-33: B Wright 1-30
M Kirkup 0-39: S Strang 0-15: T Woodburn 3-17

R Sutherland                                                   b D Leng                     68
J Sutherland                                                    b D Leng                     44
H Lobb                                                           not out                         17
L Reeves                                                         not out                          7
                                                                       Extras                         17
                                                                       TOTAL                     153 for 2

J Cowan 0-27: D Graham 0-40: W Hall 0-36
D Leng 2-36: S Lakey 0-0: B Courty 0-11

Dave Parmley


Sunday 6 July

BAMBURGH CASTLE 122 all out Beat PRUDHOE 118 for 9 by 4 runs

Bamburgh entertained Prudhoe on Sunday and in an exiting game prevailed by 4 runs at the Castle Field. Batting first Bamburgh struggled against a determined Prudhoe side with only wicket keeper Steve Robinson holding his own as wickets began to fall he had some help from Michael Kirkup with 15 and Andrew Wright who made 14 before Robinson was finally dismissed for a determined 32 caught by Scott off the bowling of John Howden. Bamburgh looked as if they were going to be dismissed for under 100 until some late resistance from Steve Mallinson who made 17 not out saw the home side all out in the 37th over for a disappointing 122. Prudhoe used 8 bowlers with great effect with 6 of them taking wickets S Bell the pick with 2-9 off 5 overs. When Prudhoe batted they also found runs hard to come by against the opening attack of Wright and Mallinson who were right on the button from the off and despite some middle order resistance from skipper George Chamberlain (30) and Tom Irwin (22) were always behind the clock and they finished there allotted 40 overs a tanterlising 4 runs short on 118-9. Andrew Wright taking 3-19, Steve Mallinson 4-32 and another tidy spell from Michael Kirkup 1-10 off  8 overs were the stars with the ball. Another fine day's cricket played with good spirit was enjoyed by both sides in a match sponsored by Pestforce of Belford.

R Alsept                          ct J Howden                 b M Baron              9
S Robinson                      ct I Scott                      b J Howden          32
S Strang                           ct & bowled                b S Bell                11
J Bailey                            st M Foster                  b G Chamberlain     0
M Kirkup                         ct P Walker                 b J Howden             15
H Lobb                            ct P Walker                 b I Scott                   8
A Wright                          ct & bowled                b P Walker              14
T Woodburn                    ct M Baron                  b S Bell                     1
S Mallinson                                                         not out                 17
T Beckworth                                                        b I Scott                3
K Munongi                                                           run out                  1
                                                                            Extras                 11
                                                                           TOTAL               122 all out

M Baron 1-16: T Irwin 0-19: S Bell 2-9: G Chamberlain 1-11
J Howden 2-16: G Rutherford 0-13: P Walker 1-15: I Scott 2-13

J Alnwick                                                         b S Mallinson            1
R Chamberlain                                                 b A Wright                0
P Walker                                                         b S Mallinson            17
G Chamberlain                                                 b S Mallinson            30
M Baron                  ct A Wright                        b M Kirkup                10
T Irwin                     ct & bowled                     b R Alsept                 22
G Rutherford                                                    not out                     17
M Foster                                                         b S Mallinson              4
J Howden                                                        b A Wright                  1
I Scott                     ct S Strang                       b A Wright                   1
S Bell                                                               not out                       0
                                                                        Extras                      15
                                                                        TOTAL                    118 for 9

A Wright 3-19: S Mallinson 4-32: T Woodburn 0-18: M Kirkup 1-10
K Munongi 0-9: T Beckworth 0-12: R Alsept 1-15

Dave Parmley 



Sunday 22nd June

BAMBURGH CASTLE 105 lost to N E SELECT ELEVEN 127 for 8 by 22 runs

Bamburgh took on a strong North East Select side on Sunday which contained 2 overseas professionals in their side and despite putting up a resiliant showing lost a close game by 22 runs. Batting first the select eleven lost Whiteleas pro Hamed Hassan who scored 90 on Saturday smartly caught in the slips by Billy Wright off the bowling of his son Andrew for 2 in the 3rd over. This set the tone for Bamburgh who stuck to their task manfully and with Wright and Tom Lakey bowling well kept the scoring down. The fielding was also excellent and the change bowlers also bowled well the prize wicket of Zahib Khan the Benwell Hill pro fell to a brilliant catch by Laurence Reeves off Neil McDonald for a single. Young Michael Kirkup bowled 7 overs and had the excellent figures of 1-4 but the main wicket takers were Andrew Wright 3-33 and Tom Lakey 3-39 in the total of 127 for 8. When Bamburgh batted openers Harry Lobb and skipper Spike Strang put on 34 in 12 overs before Lobb was out for 20. The 2 pros then bowled in tandem and had Bamburgh struggling and were finally all out for 105 in the 35th over Laurence Reeves top scoring with 24 not out when he ran out of partners. Khan finishing with 4-17 and Hamed Hassan 3-29. A match played in  excellent spirit was kindly sponsored by Nicholson and Morgan Solicitors of Ponteland.

Hamed Hassan               ct B Wright                b A Wright           2
S Roninson                    ct G Shiel                  b M Kirkup          14
A Morgan                      ct B Wright                b T Lakey            17
J Wiljks                                                           b T Lakey            1
R Woods                       ct S Strang                 b T Lakey             2
C Morgan                      ct H Lobb                  b A Wright            29
Z Khan                          ct L Reeves                b N McDonald        1
R Hanlon                                                         not out               28
J Nelson                        ct W Jackson             b A Wright            14
D Archbold                                                     not out                  4
                                                                      Extras                 15
                                                                      TOTAL                127 for 8

A Wright 3-33: T Lakey 3-39: N McDonald 1-23|
M Kirkup 1-4: W Jackson 0-11: G Shiel 0-7

H Lobb                     ct Hamed Hassan           b J Nelson             20
S Strang                   ct & bowled                  b Haned Hassan     14
T Lakey                    ct S Robinson                b J Nelson             18
L Reeves                                                        not out                24
M Kirkup                   ct Z Khan                     b Hamed Hassan      0
A Wright                                                        b Hamed Hassan    5
G Shiel                                                           b Z Khan               0
W Jackson              st C Morgan                     b Z Khan                13
B Wright                  ct S Robinson                 b Z Khan                 0
N McDonald                                                  b Z Khan                 0
                                                                      Extras                  11
                                                                      TOTAL                 105 all out

D Archbold 0-15: Z Khan 4-17: J Nelson 2-20
Hamed Hassan 3-29: R Woods 0-9: E Nicholson 0-6

Dave Parmley


Sunday 22nd June

BAMBURGH CASTLE 262-5 beat ST CUTHBERT'S 145-6 by 117 runs

In a runs feast Bamburgh defeated St Cuthbert's from Bearpark in Durham by 117 runs on Sunday at Castle Fields. With the captain's deciding on retirements for batsmen after scoring 50 Bamburgh decided to bat first and were soon amongst the runs passing 50 in the 9th over losing 1 wicket. Spike Strang and seasonal debutant Tom Lakey took the total to 97 before Strang retired on 50 in the 15th over Lakey also retired on 50 with the total on 127 in the 20th over. There was a 3rd retirement when Bruce Torrance also made a straight 50. Andrew Wright and Steve Mallinson then added 40 runs in the last 5 overs to leave Bamburgh on 262-5 off their 40 overs Wright with 42 not out and Mallinson 15. Best bowling for the visitors were Callum Maddison with 2-24 and Kenny Pollard 2-57. When St Cuthberts batted they found runs hard to come by openers Maddison and skipper Alan Kelly making 65 before Kelly perished for 29 in the 20th over. With such a large total to chase St Cuthbert's just tried to bat out their allotted overs which to their credit did so despite Bamburgh using 8 bowlers finished on 145-6. Maddison top scoring on 38 off 94 balls. As usual all the bowlers bowled well with spinner Tom Woodburn with 2-12 the pick. Another good win played in a good spirit with a special mention to 11 year old Bradley Spiers who kept wicket for Bamburgh on his debut. The match was sponsored by Adderstone Services.


H Lobb                                                                 b K Pollard              12
S Strang                                                              retired not out           50
T Lakey                                                                retired not out           50
B Wright                                                               b T Smith                  10
M Kirkup           ct K Pollard                                      b C Maddison           10
B Torrance                                                            retired not out            50
B Spiers             ct B Keating                                     b C Maddison            7
A Wright                                                                not out                      42
T Woodburn                                                            b K Pollard                 1
S Mallinson                                                            not out                      15
                                                                            Extras                        15
                                                                            TOTAL                    262 for 5

I Harrison 0-44: K Pollard 2-57: P Blackburn 0-39: T Smith 1-41
B Keating 0-27: C Maddison 2-24: M Cockburn 0-23


C Maddison                                                        b G Shiel                     38
A Kelly                   ct S Strang                            b M Kirkup                   29
K Pollard                   l.b.w.                                 b S Mallinson               12
P Keating                ct & bowled                         b T Woodburn                8
T Bark                                                                run out                         1
M Cockburn                                                       not out                           8
B Keating                                                            b T Woodburn               0
T Smith                                                               not out                         0
                                                                           Extras                        49
                                                                           TOTAL                    145 for 6

A Wright 0-10: S Mallinson 1-32: T Woodburn 2-12: M Kirkup 1-19
B Torrance 0-15: T Lakey 0-10: G Shiel 1-15: B Wright 0-3

Dave Parmley


  Sunday 15th June

 TILLSIDE 112 all out beat BAMBURGH CASTLE 90 all out by 22 runs.

Bamburgh traveled to Etal on Sunday with a scratch side to take on Tillside and despite a spirited display lost a good match by 22 runs. Winning the toss Bamburgh put Tillside into bat and with good controlled bowling made Tillside work hard for their runs and had the home side reeling on 44 for 5 after 16 overs the only real resistance coming from youngster's Ross Hindmarsh (26) and Callum Bickerton (16) before home skipper Matty Whitty batting at number 10 took to the bowling and made an unbeaten 36 off 25 balls before running out of partners and the innings ended in the 33rd over with the total on 112. Bamburgh used 7 bowlers and they all bowled very well. When Bamburgh batted opener Harry Lobb led the reply with a welcome return of form and made 38 but apart from Tom Woodburn who made 24 lacked support and the seasiders were bowled out for 90 in the 32nd over. Star bowler for Tillside was veteran Dave Robertson who had very impressive figures of 5-8 off 6 overs. The match was played in a fine spirit and thanks should go to Tillside for loaning Bamburgh two players to allow the fixture to go ahead.


R Hindmarsh                          l.b.w.                  b T Woodburn        26
C Howard                                                           run out                     6
P Thomas                                                            b M Kirkup             1
R Taylor                     ct M Kirkup                      b A Rutherford        5
J Whittle                                                              b A Rutherford        0
D Robertson               ct A Wright                       b T Woodburn        8
C Bickerton                ct & bowled                      b R Woods            16
G Moscrop                             l.b.w.                    b W Blackburn        0
L Hindmarsh                ct & bowled                     b R Woods             0
M Whitty                                                              not out                   36
S Whitty                      ct W Blackburn                b A Hindmarsh        9
                                                                           Extras                      5
                                                                           Total                      112 all out

M Kirkup 1-9: A Wright 0-20: A Rutherford 2-6: T Woodburn 2-15
W Blackburn 1-16: R Woods 2-26: A Hindmarsh 1-19


H Lobb                     ct M Whitty                        b D Robertson        38
M Kirkup                                                            b M Whitty              2
R Woods                  ct R Hindmarsh                   b S Whitty               0
T Woodburn             ct M Whitty                        b L Hindmarsh         24
A Wright                                                             b D Robertson          5
A Hindmarsh             ct R Taylor                         b D Robertson          4
A Rutherford                                                       b D Robertson          0
W Blackburn                                                       b D Robertson          0
S Robinson                                                          b R Taylor                6
B Wright                                                              not out                     0
                                                                            Extras                     11
                                                                           Total                        90 all out

M Whitty 1-10: S Whitty 1-16: C Bickerton 0-14: G Moscrop 0-19
D Robertson 5-8: L Hindmarsh 1-18: R Taylor 1-2

Dave Parmley


Sunday 1st June

BAMBURGH CASTLE 162 all out beat WOLSINGHAM 123 all out by 39 runs

Bamburgh Castle beat Wolsingham on Sunday by 39 runs on a day when a bowler for each side took a hat-trick John Nelson for Wolsingham and Tom Woodburn for Bamburgh. Bamburgh won the toss and elected to bat first on a good wicket but lost a wicket in the 3rd over with the total on 6. Johnny Roxburgh joined skipper Spike Strang at the crease and started to repair the early damage with a mixture of aggression and patience and picked up runs at a regular pace adding 67 in eleven overs before Nelson had Roxburgh caught behind for a fine 41 off only 35 balls Nelson then proceeded to claim a hat-trick with his 3rd 4th and 5th ball leaving the Castle side 73 for 5. Skipper Strang was then joined by wicketkeeper Steve Robinson and they added a further 34 in 5 overs before Strang was bowled for a fine 49 with the total on 107. The innings fizzled out and after their 35 overs Bamburgh finished on a respectable 162. Nelson was the pick of the bowlers with 5-26 with skipper Dave Jewell taking 2-16 the best of the rest. When Wolsingham batted Bamburgh struck in the first over and had Wolsingham 0-1 Jos Wilks joined opener Mike Watson at the crease and with caution saw off Bamburgh's opening attack of Andrew Wright and Steve Mallinson adding 33 in 13 overs when the wickets began to tumble and after 24 overs were 79 for 5 when Tom Woodburn then produced his hat-trick leaving Wolsingham in big trouble. They did manage to add another 34 runs to the total but were bowled out for 123 in the 32nd over. Woodburn finished with 5-27 but the bowling and fielding of the Castle side was very good. The match was kindly sponsored by Wyndenwell in Bamburgh.


H Lobb                                     ct R Snaith                         b T Gibson           1

S Strang                                                                             b J Wilks           49

J Roxburgh                               ct R Snaith                         b J Nelson           41

J Bailey                                                                              b J Nelson           0

M Kirkup                                                                           b J Nelson             0

T Woodburn                                                                      b J Nelson            0

S Robinson                                                                        b D Jewell            29

B Wright                                 st R Snaith                          b D Jewell             16

S Mallinson                              ct D Jewell                         b J Nelson               1

A Wright                                                                            run out                 7

G Shiel                                                                               not out                 1

                                                                                         Extras                  17

                                                                                         TOTAL               162 all out


T Gibson 1-30: M Watson 0-26: J Nelson 5-26 (inc hat-trick)

D Currah 0-21: R Cramb 0-11: J Wilks 1-12: R Hanlon 0-10: D Jewell 2-16


R Hanlon                               ct J Roxburgh                  b A Wright                0

M Watson                             ct S Mallinson                  b M Kirkup                8

J Wilks                                   l.b.w.                             b J Roxburgh           27

S Campbell                            ct G Shiel                        b T Woodburn         22

R Cramb                                ct S Mallinson                  b G Shiel                  3

D Jewell                                                                       b T Woodburn         13

J Nelson                                                                       b T Woodburn         15

T Gibson                                 l.b.w.                             b T Woodburn          0

R Snaith                                                                       b T Woodburn          0

D Currah                                                                      not out                    21

B Porter                                                                       b A Wright                5

                                                                                    Extras                     9

                                                                                    TOTAL                   123 all out


A Wright 2-12: S Mallinson 0-20: J Roxburgh 1-3: M Kirkup 1-6

T Woodburn 5-27 (inc hat-trick): G Shiel 1-12: B Wright 0-18

J Bailey 0-13: H Lobb 0-7

Dave Parmley



Sunday 25th May 2014

BAMBURGH CASTLE 205-3 beat TILLSIDE 91 all out by 114 runs


Bamburgh with a more settled side defeated a youthful Tillside side on Sunday by 114 runs at the Castle Field. After being asked to bat on a damp wicket Bamburgh lost a early wicket with the total on 21 in the 5th over. Australian Davy Forrest joined Johnny Roxburgh at the crease and the pair looked to take the attack to Tillsde from the beginning and despite 2 or 3 scares progressed to 149 in the 30th over before Roxburgh was out caught by Allan off the bowling of Kev Logan for a fine 51. Forrest continued his assault on the bowling and brought up his century in the 36th over before he perished for a fine 105 which included 13 fours and 3 sixes. Bamburgh lost no more wickets and finished their innings on 205-3 off their 40 overs. Pick of the Tillside bowlers were K Logan with 1-21 and L Dodd 1-19. When Tillside batted thy made a terrible start and after 14 overs including 3 wickets in 1 over from Bruce Torrance slumped to 25 for 7 and 2 more wickets fell so they were 46 for 9 after 24 before a mini revival led by Tillside skipper Matty Whitty and Kev Logan added 45 runs before Logan was trapped l.b.w. for 7 with the total on 91. Whitty remained undefeated on 36 all of Bamburgh's bowlers bowled well in which was a good game played in a fine spirit. The match was sponsored by the Mizen Head Hotel in Bamburgh.                


H Lobb                                          b M Allan               8

J Roxburgh  ct M Allan               b K Logan                  51

D Forrest                                      b L Dodd             105

S Strang                                         not out               13

B Torrance                                    not out                   9

                                                      Extras                 19

                                                      TOTAL                 205 for 3


M Allan 1-39: S Whitty 0-47: K Logan 1-21

L Dodd 1-19: M Whitty 0-27: K Dixon 0-37


J Bagness                                    b S Mallinson       0

C Howard                                     b S Mallinson      0

G Moscrop                                   run out                 1

P Thomas                                     b M Kirkup           7

J Whittle                                      b B Torrance         8

K Dixon                                       b B Torrance          0

L Dodd                                        b B Torrance          0

M Allan                                       b M Kirkup              6

S Whitty                                       run out                 9

M Whitty                                     not out                 36

K Logan               l.b.w.               b J Roxburgh          7

                                                     Extras                17

                                                     TOTAL               91 all out


S Mallinson 2-24: B Torrance 3-5: W Blackburn 0-13: M Kirkup 2-4

J Roxburgh 1-6: M Blackburn 0-13: A Connor 0-0: D Forrest 0-19

Dave Parmley



Sunday 4th May 2014

BAMBURGH CASTLE 90 all out lost to  BLAGDON PARK 97 for 8 by 7 runs.

In a low scoring game on the Castle Field Bamburgh lost a tight match against Blagdon Park by 7 runs on Sunday. Blagdon won the toss and decided to bat but with Bamburgh bowling quite well found runs hard to come by and after 12 overs were 32 for 4  and they lost more wickets and by the 23rd over were 50 for 8. Paul Johnson then joined his son Davy and began the recovery taking no chances added a further 47 runs in 12 overs to finish the innings on 97 for 8 off their 35 overs, Paul finishing unbeaten on 24 and Davy 21. All the Bamburgh bowlers bowled well with Billy Wright bowing 4 maidens taking 2 wickets for no runs. In reply a depleted Bamburgh side also lost quick wickets with only loanee Dave Gibson putting up any resistance and after 23 overs the home side were 61 for 7. Andrew Wright then joined Gibson and took the seasiders within 13 runs of victory when Wright holed out for 13 and Bamburgh finished their innings on 90 seven runs short of the visitors. Gibson was stranded on a fine 46. The pick of the visitors bowling was 12 year old Harry Johnson who finished with 3 for 10 off his 6 overs. Hopefully Bamburgh will get some batting in the side to help them get over the line. The match was sponsored by the Castle Inn Bamburgh.     



M Foster                                            b B Kelly          14

S Eyres                                              b J Roxburgh      2

A Senior                                            b J Roxburgh      6

D Johnson                                             not out           21

R Hughes        ct J Roxburgh              b W Jackson         0

J Chappell                                          b B Gibson          4

D Abercrombie                                  b B Wright           1

A Brown          ct B Kelly                  b B Wright             0

H Johnson                                         b B Gibson           0

P Johnson                                            not out             24

                                                           Extras              24

                                                           Total               97 for 8


A Wright 0-22: J Roxburgh 2-19: B Kelly 1-14: W Jackson 1-11

B Gibson 2-14: B Wright 2-0: A Brett 0-3


J Roxburgh                                        b A Senior        4

S Robinson   ct D Abercrombie         b D Johnson      1

D Gibson                                           not out             46

B Kelly                                              b D Johnson      0

A Brett                                              b A Brown        4

B Wright                                           b H Johnson       6

G Sheil      stumped R Hughes           b H Johnson       0

W Jackson   ct R Hughes                  b H Johnson       0

A Wright      ct M Foster                   b P Johnson      13

B Gibson                                          run out                2

                                                       Extras                 14

                                                        Total                  90 all out


A Senior 1-11: D Johnson 2-2: A Brown 1-13: J Chappell 0-7

S Eyres 0-23; H Johnson 3-10: D Abercrombie 0-8: P Johnson 1-6

Dave Parmley




Sunday 4th May 2014

Bamburgh Castle 41 all out lost to Ponteland 186-5 by 144 runs

Bamburgh in their first game of the season were comprehensibly beaten by Ponteland on Sunday by 144 runs at the Castle ground. A vastly weakened Bamburgh side were asked to field and despite initial success it was a further 18 overs before the second wicket fell veteran Jeff Oliver l.b.w. to young Ben Kelly for a fine 35 with the score on 70 Ponteland debutant A More was digging in and despite further successes Bamburgh could not stem the flow of runs and the Tynesiders finished their 40 overs on a total of 185 for 6. Best bowling for the home side were Steve Mallinson 1-19 off his 8 overs and youngster Ben Kelly 2-16 off 4 overs. When Bamburgh batted they couldn't cope with the bowling of Tom Oliver and Marty Bell and after 10 overs were a paltry 13 for 5 and with extras the only score over double figures slumped to 41 all out in the 21st over. Hopefully with several players coming back next week the seasiders should only view this as a temporary blip. The match was sponsored by Nicholson & Morgan Solicitors Ponteland.


J Oliver                                  l.b.w B Kelly               35

N Stanley                              l.b.w. M Blackburn       0

A More                                 not out                         88

D Waters  ct S Mallinson        b B Kelly                     0

N Pinnock  ct Malcolm Dixon b Matt Dixon               6

A Denyer                               b S Mallinson               8

R Wilson                                b E Nicholson              28

A Quarrell                              not out                          5

                                              Extras                         15

                                              Total                           185 for 6


S Mallinson 1-19: M Blackburn 1-46: E Nicholson 1-42

N McDonald 0-28: B Kelly 2-16: Matt Dixon 1-28


G Sheil                                    b T Oliver                 5

S Strang    ct R Wilson            b T Oliver                 5

W Blackburn                           b M Bell                    0

B Kelly                                   b M Bell                    0

Matt Dixon                             not out                       5

S Mallinson                             b M Bell                    1

N McDonald                           run out                      1

S Robinson                             l.b.w. R Wilson          2

E Nicholson                            b R Wilson                4

Malcolm Dixon ct A Quarrell  b T Harrison              0

M Blackburn                          b A Quarrell              0

                                              Extras                       18

                                              Total                         41 all out


T Oliver 2-6: M Bell 3-7: T Harrison 1-24

R Wilson 2-3: D Waters 0-0: A Quarrell 1-0

Dave Parmley



Sunday 8th September  2013.

Bamburgh Castle 235 all out beat West Linton 118 for 9 by 117 runs

Bamburgh entertained Scottish visitors West Linton on Sunday and had a comprehensive victory by 117 runs. Winning the toss Bamburgh with openers Richard Alsept and Harry Lobb attacked from the start and despite giving a couple of chances each put on a fine 104 in 18 overs before Lobb was bowled by Tony Brian for 40. Lawrence Reeves joined Alsept who had just reached his 50 continued to attack before Alsept fell for a fine 79 with the total on 144 in the 27th over. Reeves returned to form and struck 52 off 46 balls before he retired. There then followed a Bamburgh collapse who lost there last 7 wickets for 38 runs in 10 overs, only Michael Kirkup making double figures with 20 who was last man dismissed in the 39th over with the total on 235. Star bowler for West Linton was veteran Davy Wright with 5-30. When West Linton batted it was obvious that the total was beyond them and the batsmen found it hard to score off good accurate bowling from the home side and finished their innings on 118 for 9 off the allocated 40 overs 117 runs short. The only batsman who looked reasonably comfortable was Rory McGregor who made a patient 38 off 68 balls. Best bowling figures for Bamburgh was Josh Bailey with 4-25 but credit should go to all of the bowlers for their efforts. Another good win for Bamburgh in the match sponsored by the Castle Inn. 

Dave Parmley


Sunday 1st September  2013.

BAMBURGH CASTLE 179 for 7 beat ST GEORGES ROVERS 116 all out by 63 runs

Bamburgh had a comfortable victory over St Georges Rovers by 63 runs at a cold and windy Castle field on Sunday. Opting to bat first on a good wicket Bamburgh were soon in trouble losing 2 quick wickets to the accurate bowling of Neil Cuthbertson before Spike Strang joined opener Harry Lobb in the 8th over. Repairing the damage with at first a careful approach before beginning to accelerate and added a fine 65 before Strang was out for 41 with the total on 117. New batsman Bruce Torrance then continued the assault and he and Lobb added a further 43 in 6 overs before Lobb was out for a brilliant 86 in the 32nd over with 11 fours. Bamburgh then lost a further 3 wickets in the chase for quick runs finishing on 179 for 7 off their 35 overs. Best bowling for the Rovers was Cuthbertson with 4-25 ably supported by Dave Fixter with 2-14. When St Georges batted despite some early aggression by Davy Reay with 17 runs were pegged back by fine bowling by the home side led by Andrew Wright who bowled a fine spell of 7 overs taking 3-17 and were soon deep in trouble on 62 for 8 in the 21st over before Rob Hall batting at number 8 decided to attack the bowling and smacked the ball to all parts and with number 10 Chris Ward added 54 in 7 overs before both were bowled within 4 balls Ward for 4 and Hall for a fine 50 including 9 fours. Hall last man out with the total of 116. Credit must go to the bowlers who stuck to there task and hit the stumps 8 times. A good win on a blustery day in a match sponsored by Rington's Tea in which 5 of the home bowlers took wickets.

Dave Parmley



Sunday 25/26th August  2013

Bamburgh Castle 133 for 9 lost to Manderston 134-8 by 2 wickets (Sunday 25th)

Bamburgh Castle 249-2 beat Ovingham 121 for 5 by 128 runs (Monday 26th)

On a double header last weekend Bamburgh had mixed fortunes losing to border side Manderston on Sunday by 2 wickets and defeating Ovingham by 128 runs on Monday. On Sunday batting first on a tricky wicket from all the rain on Saturday Bamburgh found runs hard to come by and struggled from the start and despite fine knocks from Tom Lakey (46) and Andrew Stewart (31) finished their innings in a disappointing total of 133 for 9 off their 40 overs. Pick of the bowlers for the borderers was young Duncan Simm who finished with 3-16. When Manderston batted they too struggled and were 23-3 off 12 overs until Toby Culham and Manderston's Aussie skipper Hamish Martin turned the game with Culham top scoring with 50 saw the visitors home by 2 wickets in the 37th over Billy Wright was the seasiders star bowler finishing with 3-14 off his 8 overs but his efforts were in vain in a match sponsored by Northumbria Leisure

On Bank Holiday Monday Bamburgh's fortunes took a turn for the better beating Ovingham by 128 runs in a run fest the star man being opener Josh Bailey who made his maiden century for Bamburgh with an impressive 109 not out including 11 fours and 1 six. Bailey was ably supported by Spike Strang (49) and Tom Lakey (43) as the innings closed on 249-2 off 40 overs. When Ovingham batted the total seemed beyond them and despite a solid 35 from opener Peter Drake and late resistence from Ron Bowey 27 not out fell well short of their target finishing on 121 for 5. Bamburgh used 7 bowlers but the main wicket taker was young Ben Kelly with 2-26 in what was a fine victory. the match was sponsored by The Castle Inn in Bamburgh.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 18th August  2013

 Bamburgh Castle 157 all out lost to K.S.T.O.B. 161-7 by 3wickets.

Bamburgh had mixed fortunes last week beating Benwell Hill on Wednesday by 5 wickets in a match sponsored by Nicholson Morgan Solicitors and losing to King School Tynemouth Old Boys by 3 wickets on Sunday. Winning the toss Bamburgh opted to bat and found the going tough against some tight bowling from Brian Dent and Ian Black and were soon in trouble at 30 for 2 in the 12th over before Spike Strange joined the returning Tom Lakey and started to rebuild the innings. The pair took the total to 88 before both fell in quick succession Lakey first for a fine 41 and Strange for 17. Bamburgh then lost a further 4 wickets for 38 runs in 8 overs. Steve Mallinson and Ryan Kelly then had a cameo partnership of 24 in 3 overs before the innings ended in the 40th over with the total a disappointing 157 all out with 3 balls left. Mallinson made a fine 20 for the home side. All six bowlers took wickets but special mention should be made to veteran Doug Henderson who took a fine 3-19 off his 4 overs. When King School batted Bamburgh had the visitors 36 for 3 after 7 overs before Adam Black joined skipper Peter Coyne at the crease and decided to take the attack to Bamburgh and despite losing Black for 15 Coyne anchored the innings and was the man to get out and despite changing their bowlers were unable to dismiss him until the Old Boys were 20 short when Ryan Kelly trapped him l.b.w. for a fine match winning 72. The Old Boys completed their win in the 35th over by 3 wickets. Best bowling for the seasiders were Johnny Roxburgh (3-32), Ryan Kelly (2-16) and Steve Mallinson (1-14) off his 8 overs. The match was sponsored by Country Folk, Bamburgh.


Sunday 11th August  2013

Bamburgh Castle 106-1 beat Hexham Leazes 104 all out by 9 wickets

On Sunday Bamburgh entertained Hexham Leazes with both sides fielding scratch sides due to the test match in Durham and defeated the visitors by 9 wickets. The Tyne valley side opted to bat on a fine afternoon and found runs hard to come by and were losing wickets on a regular basis to good accurate bowling from the home side brother's B and S Kingman top scoring with 24 runs each, Tony Elliott was the only other batsman to record double figures with 13 as Hexham were all out for 104 in the 32nd over. Main wicket taker for Bamburgh was Will Jackson who took 4-18 off his 7 overs but he was backed up superbly from the other 5 bowlers who each took a wicket. When Bamburgh batted they made batting look easy and had reached 50 in the 7th over for the loss of Spike Strange bowled by Wilkinson for 23 off 15 balls. Johnny Roxburgh joined Josh Bailey and despite Hexham trying 5 bowlers completed their task after only 15 overs both Bailey and Roxburgh finished on 38 not out. A resounding win for Bamburgh in a match sponsored by The Mizen Head Hotel in Bamburgh.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 4th August  2013

Bamburgh Castle 207 all out lost to Maquarie University 221 for 6 by 14 runs

Bamburgh entertained the Australian touring side Macquarie University of New South Wales and lost a keenly contested match by 14 runs on Sunday. The tourists won the toss and opted to bat on a belter of a wicket and soon began to score quite quickly on a fast outfield and after putting on 64 in 17 overs both openers fell in consecutive overs Burchett run out for 23 and John Sutton l.b.w. for 42. This did not deter the Aussies who continued to look impressive with all of the top 6 batsmen scoring over 20 and after their allocated 40 overs reached 221 for 6. Wicket takers for Bamburgh were guests Joe Kilpatrick (2-45), Celeb Jones (1-23) and regulars Eric Nicholson (1-24) and George Shiel (1-50). When Bamburgh batted they made a disastrous start and after 7 overs were 11-4 in the face of brilliant bowling of Warren Montford who in his first spell took 3-3 in 3 overs. After this the recovery began with B Moore and Joe Kilpatrick, after a slow start to dominate the bowling and put on 80 in 10 overs when Moore went for a fine 47. Jones the joined Kilpatrick and added a further 84 runs when Jones was out for 32 runs with the total on 175 in the 33rd over. With Kilpatrick still at the crease the seasiders were still in with a chance but he fell 2 short of a fine century with the score on 200. Kilpatrick faced 100 balls for his fine 98 and included 12 fours and 2 sixes. Montford and Dave Gracie mopped up the tail for Bamburgh to finish 14 runs short of their target. An enjoyable match was played in a good spirit in a good atmosphere which was sponsored by R Carter & Son's Butcher's of Bamburgh.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 21st July  2013

Eglingham 190 all out lost to Bamburgh Castle 194 for 9 by 1 wicket

Bamburgh traveled to local rivals Eglingham on Sunday with 9 players under the age of 20 with 3 players making their debuts to take on a more experienced side and came away with a 1 wicket win in an enthralling match. Bamburgh won the toss and put Eglingham into bat, openers Dan Graham and Gareth Bateman set about their attack with gusto and were 50 in the 6th over before Bamburgh made a double breakthrough with Bateman caught behind for 12 and Graham clean bowled for 40 off the bowling of Hamish Marshall. After this breakthrough the Bamburgh bowlers then began to gain control of scoring and soon the runs began to dry up and apart from Andrew Scott who took a liking to the bowling wickets began to fall at regular intervals and soon Eglingham lost a further 7 wickets for 100 runs before Scott and wicket keeper George Robson added 33 runs in 3 overs before Roxburgh bowled Robson for 6 leaving Scott stranded on 81 not out off 61 balls. The wicket takers for Bamburgh were Ben Kelly (3-28), Hamish Marshall (3-42), Johnny Roxburgh (2-11) and a wicket each from Sam Ogden and Tom Woodburn. When Bamburgh batted openers Harry Lobb and Johnny Roxburgh also made a good start and were 59 before Lobb was well caught in the slips by Ian Robertson off Davy Scott for 35 and after 14 overs Bamburgh were well in the hunt on 113 for 2 when Eglingham made a double change bring on Dan Graham and Andrew Scott to bowl and the batsmen found it difficult to score runs and apart from Lawrence Reeves who made 35 no other batsmen apart from opener Roxburgh and skipper Steve Robinson made double figures and were 21 runs short when they came together and despite some hostile bowling from Graham, Scott and Gareth Bateman saw the seasiders home in the 32nd over. The pick of the bowlers was Dan Graham who took 4-27. Another good win for Bamburgh in a match played in a splendid spirit by the two teams.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 14th July  2013

Bamburgh Castle 239-5 beat The Vikings 197 for 7 by 42 runs

On another glorious afternoon Bamburgh defeated the Northumberland Vikings by 39 runs on Sunday despite a fine unbeaten century from Gary Quinn of Blyth who made 117 off only 74 balls in a runs fest with a total of 516 runs off 70 overs. The Vikings won the toss and asked Bamburgh to bat whose openers Harry Lobb and Spike Strange took full advantage of wayward bowling from the Vikings and scored at a rapid pace and put on a fine opening partnership of 114 in 18 overs before Lobb retired out for a fine 63 and 3 overs later Strange was out caught and bowled for 48 by Eric Nicholson who was seconded into the Vikings side. This brought Lawrence Reeves in to join Tom Lakey at the crease and they carried on where the openers had been doing before both were out with the score over 200 Reeves making 52 and Lakey 40 a little cameo innings from 12 year old Tom Nesbitt who made 12 not out from 13 balls took the final total to 239-5 off 35 overs. Wicket takers for The Vikings were Simon Taylor 2-49 and Eric Nicholson 1-38.When the Vikings batted they were soon in trouble on 73 for 5 off 13 overs before Quinn decided to attack, and attack he did smashing the ball to all parts. The Vikings lost their 7th wicket in the 27th over with the total on 131 and Quinn was joined by Eric Nicholson and the pair added 66 in 8 overs to finish on 197 for 7 off their 35 overs, 39 runs short. Young Nesbitt finished with 3-24 to complete a excellent day for him other wicket takers for Bamburgh were Will Jackson, Neil McDonald, Tom Lakey and George Shiel who each took 1 wicket. Another good day for Bamburgh in a match kindly sponsored by The Mizen Hotel in Bamburgh.


Dave Parmley


Sunday 7th July  2013

Bamburgh Castle 108-2 beat Prudhoe 104 all out by 8 wickets


On a beautiful prepared wicket Bamburgh entertained Prudhoe who included Newcastle United goalkeeper Jak Alnwick in their side on Sunday. Prudhoe won the toss and decided to bat against a much changed Castle side. Their openers father and son Brian and Kevin Frazer started aggressively and attacked from the start and with a lightning quick outfield made 56 before Bamburgh made the breakthrough when Brian Frazer skied a ball from Neil McDonald and was caught by Ryan Kelly for 18. The Bamburgh bowlers then began to take the pace off the ball and then made regular inroads into the Prudhoe batting and despite a top score of 44 from Kevin Frazer which included 7 fours collapsed to 104 all out in the 25th over. Bamburgh's wicket takers were Ryan Kelly 3-14, Tom Lakey 3-34, Neil McDonald 3-38 and Tom Woodburn who took the last wicket with his fourth ball 1-0. When Bamburgh batted they lost a quick wicket in the second over before University students Rory Gibson and Spike Strange steadied the ship and added 38 in 7 over until Gibson mistimed a shot and was caught by Andy Porter off young Ryan Chamberlain for 21 with the total on 50. Lawrence Reeves then joined Strange and the pair looked in no trouble and reached the target in the 20th over. Strange was unbeaten on 40 and Reeves 25. The pick of the bowling was the Prudhoe captain Gavin Wade who bowled 4 aggressive fast overs and finished with 1-17.                                              A good win for Bamburgh whose match was sponsored by Rory Collins, Pestforce of Belford.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 16th June  2013

Tillside 169 all out beat Bamburgh Castle 113 all out by 57 runs

Bamburgh's recent good form was ended on Sunday when they slumped to a 59 run defeat by Tillside on Sunday. Winning the toss and electing to bowl, Bamburgh's bowlers were soon on the defensive and the Tillside batsmen got off to a steady start despite losing Lee Atkinson in the sixth over for 6. Fellow opener Jack Bagness was joined by the hard hitting Jamie Pick and added 35 in a further 6 overs before Bagness was bowled by Lakey for 16. Pick made an impressive 50 off only 38 balls before he holed out off the bowling of Josh Bailey with the total on 86 in the 17th over. Tillside skipper Callum McGregor and Ross Hindmarsh continued to attack before with the total on 110 were out in consecutive balls to open up the tail and despite a spirited 21 from Jason Whittle the innings petered out to finish on 169 in the 32nd over. A special mention should be made to Andrea Thomas who took her first wicket in senior cricket. Other wicket takers were Josh Bailey 4-32, Richard Alsept 3-26, Tom Lakey 1-39 and Neil McDonald 1-17.When Bamburgh batted they made a steady start and made 25 before Rory Gibson was out for 17 and this started a mini collapse and after 17 overs had slumped to 49-4. Despite some resistance from Richard Alsept (24) and Josh Bailey (13) Bamburgh were all out in the 33rd over for 113 a deficit of 57 runs in a match sponsored by Adderstone Services.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 9th June  2013

Ponteland 167 for 9 lost to Bamburgh Castle 168 for 2 by 8 wickets

Bamburgh traveled to Ponteland on Sunday and came away with a convincing 8 wicket victory at the Sports Centre. Ponteland won the toss and decided to bat a decision which looked good as they attacked the Bamburgh bowling from the off and despite losing opener Vij for 5 bowled by Neil McDonald fellow opener Ashley Graves was joined by Australian Andy Quarrell and in 4 overs added 32 before Graves was bowled by seasonal debutant Alex Davies for 43 from 32 balls with the total on 54 in the 10th over. Australian Quarrell who made a century at Bamburgh earlier in the season mistimed a hook and was caught by Roxburgh off Davies for 23 with the total on 98 in the 18th over. It was then that the bowlers began to put the brakes on and taking wickets at regular intervals the innings petered out to end their innings on 167 for 9 off their allocated. Wicket takers for the seasiders were Alex Davies 3-44, Andrew Wright 2-37, Neil McDonald 1-15 and Tom Lakey 1-19. When Bamburgh batted they lost a wicket off the second ball but Harry Lobb and Tom Lakey then proceeded to embark on a fine stand of 152 runs in 32 overs before Tom Lakey was finally dismissed for 53 off 71 balls with Bamburgh requiring only 15 runs for victory. Opener Lobb carried his bat to finish on 80 not out off 129 balls Lawrence Reeves was the other not out batsman with 9. The wicket takers for Ponteland were Sam Wood with 1-27 and Pont skipper Neil Pinnock with 1-22. A good victory from an improving Bamburgh side after a shaky start to the season.

Dave Parmley



Sunday 2nd June  2013

Bamburgh Castle 242-4 beat Wolsingham 178 all out by 64 runs.

Bamburgh Castle entertained Wolsingham and in a high scoring game took the honours with a 64 run victory on Sunday. Winning the toss the seasiders opted to bat and from the off attacked the bowling and the 50 came up in only 9 overs and were on 79 before Harry Lobb was out for 24 in the 17th over. Tom Lakey joined Russell Hughes at the crease and in 12 overs added 82 runs before Hughes retired on a splendid 104 including 11 fours. Bamburgh lost 2 quick wickets before a cameo innings from Johnny Roxburgh who made 22 not out in 14 balls helped Bamburgh to finish there innings on 242-4 with Lakey also unbeaten on 60 off 71 balls. The wicket takers for Wolsingham were Dave Currah with 1-32 and skipper Dave Jewell with 1-38.When Wolsingham batted they made a good attempt to overhaul the home sides total with opener John Nelson a quick 40 with 8 fours off 30 balls and Dave Jewell coming in at number 4 top scoring with 51 including 2 massive sixes and 6 fours but they were always behind the clock and despite some late resistance by number 10 Bo Porter with 25 were bowled out for 178 in the 37th over. Angus Johnston was the pick of the bowlers with 3-34 but special mention should be made to his 13 year old brother Davy who took the big wicket of Jewell to finish on 1-25 off his 8 overs. A good performance by Bamburgh whose match was sponsored by Wyndenwell Bamburgh.

Dave Parmley

                                               Action against Wolsingham.

Sunday 26th May 2013

Bamburgh Castle 103-6 beat Tillside 102 all out by 4 wickets


Bamburgh Castle had there first win of the season when they defeated Tillside on Sunday by 4 wickets in glorious conditions. Bamburgh put Tillside into bat and a brilliant opening bowling spell by Andrew Wright had the visiting side struggle to 43 for 6 after 20 overs. Tillside had 4 juniors making their senior debuts and due to good tight bowling never really got going until Gavin Turnbull came to the crease and began to attack a little. Still Tillside lost wickets until Liam Hindmarsh came in at number 10 with the total on 55-8 in the 24th over Turnbull and Hindmarsh then added 32 quick runs before Turnbull was out caught behind for a fine 37. S Whitty was last man out for 10 leaving Hindmarsh unbeaten on 24 with the total on 102. Wicket takers for Bamburgh were Andrew Wright (4-10), Tom Woodburn (3-33) and a wicket each for Tom Lakey, Davy Johnston and Eric Nicholson. When Bamburgh batted their top 5 batsmen all made double figures without going on to make a big score against some tight Tillside bowling. The visitors used 8 bowlers to try to win the match but Bamburgh won the match by 4 wickets in the 31st over. Top scorer for Bamburgh was Tom Lakey with 22 pick of the bowling was A Rutherford with 2-13 off 5 overs. The match was sponsored by Castle Inn, Bamburgh.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 12th May 2013

Bamburgh Castle 155-6 lost to Eglingham 156-2 by 8 wickets

Bamburgh entertained local rivals Eglingham on Sunday and lost by 8 wickets on a cold damp day. In a match played in a brilliant spirit Eglingham who lent Bamburgh 2 players asked the Castle side to bat first and despite losing a wicket in the second over Richard Alsept and Lawrence Reeves set about repairing the damage. Both played with caution at first and then began to accelerate and added 93 runs in 17 overs before Alsept was out bowled by Davy Scott for 50 with 1 six and 6 fours to his name. Shortly after this Reeves also was bowled by Scott for 54 which included 8 fours. Despite resistance from loanee Ally Graham who finished with 24 not out Bamburgh finished their innings on 155 for 6 in the allotted 30 overs. Reeves top scoring for the seasiders for the third week running. Wicket takers for Eglingham were Davy Scott (2-33), B Dugdale (2-20) and Andrew Scott (1-11). Eglingham opened their reply with Daniel Graham and Gareth Bateman fresh from their double hundred opening stand against the Genetics last week carrying on from where they left off and after 10 overs were 59-0, before they started to accelerate and in the next 9 overs added a further 88 runs. The Bamburgh bowlers stuck to their tasks and were finally rewarded from an unlikely source with regular wicketkeeper Steve Robinson bowling and with his first ball had Graham caught by a good catch by Johnny Roxburgh for 63 off 56 balls including 7 fours. Despite taking another wicket in the next over Eglingham won the match in the 22nd over Bateman unbeaten on 81 off 63 balls including 1 six and 9 fours. Robinson finished on 1-6 and Roxburgh 1-34.                                                                                                                                                                    The match was sponsored by Castle Hotel and Adderstone Services.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 5th May 2013

Ponteland 183 for 8 beat Bamburgh Castle 165 all out by 19 runs

Bamburgh who could only raise 10 men lost to an experienced Ponteland side by 19 runs on Sunday. Asked to bowl first Bamburgh made a dream start as Johnny Roxburgh clean bowled opener F Padikaran first ball. This brought Ponteland's Australian Andy Quarrell to the crease to join Andy Denyer in the middle. They saw off the opening bowlers and added 73 runs before Denyer was out caught by Josh Bailey off Neil McDonald for 28. Bamburgh bowlers stuck to their tasks and made inroads into the Pont batting but were unable to dislodge Quarrell who made an unbeaten 108 off 103 balls which included 12 fours and 1 six in a final total off 183 for 8 off 35 overs. Bamburgh used 7 bowlers and 6 of them each took 1 wicket each. When Bamburgh batted they made a brilliant start reaching 50 in the seventh over for 1 wicket but the lack of depth in the batting saw the home side beginning to take it's toll and finished on 165 all out with 1 ball remaining in their innings. Good knocks from Lawrence Reeves (66), Johnny Roxburgh (17) and Josh Bailey (24) were the stars of the batting. Ponteland's skipper Neil Pinnock was the star bowler taking 5-43 ably assisted by G Hunter with 3-22. A much improved performance from a scratch Bamburgh side.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 28th April 2013

Blagdon Park 181-4 beat Bamburgh Castle 84 all out by 97 runs

On a bitterly cold day at Blagdon, Bamburgh opened their 2013 campaign with a comprehensive 97 run defeat against a strong Blagdon side with a mixture of youth and experience. Asked to bat first Blagdon got off to a good start against a depleted Bamburgh bowling attack and with with openers Marr and Meadows made 49 before Marr was bowled by Tom Lakey for 11 in the 9th over with the total on 49. Blagdon continued with their attacking game making runs at a good rate and finished their innings on 181-4 off their 30 overs top scorer was opener Andy Meadows who made an impressive 77 off only 59 balls with useful contributions from Simon Eyres (42 not out) and Russell Hughes (26 not out) the wicket takers for Bamburgh were Lakey (1 for 17) Lawrence Reeves (1-32) and spinner Ryan Kelly (2-37). When Bamburgh batted they made a good start in the run chase and were 49 for 1 in the 12th over until the wheels came off and they lost there next 9 wickets for only 35 runs in 13 overs with only 4 players making double figures Richard Alsept (15), Tom Lakey (10), Lawrence Reeves (20) and Neil McDonald (11). The main destroyer was Tom Clough who took 3-7 off his 6 overs . Hopefully Bamburgh will do better when they entertain Ponteland at the Castle Field on Sunday.

Dave Parmley



Sunday 9th September 2012

Bamburgh Castle 108 all out Peebles Select XI 74 all out

In their final match of the season Bamburgh beat a Peebles Select team by 34 runs despite an outstanding performance by Peebles paceman Steve Slater who took an outstanding 5-5 off 5 overs on a wicket on a wicket which kept very low. Bamburgh struggled to 22-5 off 12 overs before a stand of 63 between Harry Lobb and Lawrence Reeves before Reeves was bowled by Slater for 24 in the 24th over. Bamburgh added a further 23 runs for the loss of the other 4 wickets with Lobb seventh out for an impressive 40 from 40 balls including 7 fours. The home side were all out for 108 with Slater their star performer ably assisted by spinner Alan Cresswell who finished with 3-25. When Peebles batted they struggled throughout their innings losing wickets at regular intervals to some very impressive bowling and fielding from the Castle side. The only resistance from the Scottish side came from skipper Jim Knight who made 25 of his sides disappointing total of 74 all out in 30.1 overs. Best bowling performance came from Max Harrison who took 3-7 off 6 overs but all of the other 5 bowler's contributed to the Bamburgh Victory. At the end of the season special thanks should be made to the groundsmen for their sterling work in preparing the wicket for the games and the tea ladies for feeding the teams during the 2012 season.

Dave Parmley


Sunday 26th August 2012

Bamburgh Castle 160-7 The Gardeners 175-8

Bamburgh hosted their annual Bank Holiday fixture against The Gardeners from London, who defeated their hosts by 15 runs on a glorious afternoon on the Castle field. Batting first, the Londoner's were soon in trouble at 12-2 in the third over before a stand of 71 in 23 overs between opener Dave Woodhouse and Will Sutton restored The Gardeners composure. Woodhouse was finally out for 22 in the 25th over before Bamburgh took another 4 wickets including top scorer Sutton for 56 in 5 overs to leave The Gardeners 105-7 after 30. Despite this the Londoner's accelerated and added a further 68 runs in their last 10 overs to finish their innings on 175-8. Kiwi Nick Cunningham finishing unbeaten on 32, Richard Alsept was the main wicket taker with 3-42 for Bamburgh but he was ably assisted by the other 5 bowlers. When Bamburgh batted they got off to a slow start and after 9 overs were only 14 without loss so they were well behind the clock and despite good knocks from Harry Lobb with 38 and Richard Alsept with 34 they finished their innings 15 runs short of the visitors who fielded really well. The Gardeners used 7 bowlers with the pick of the bowling being James Heanley with 3-28.                      The match on Bank Holiday Monday at home to Simonside was called off due to rain.

Dave Parmley


Friday 17th August 2012

Bamburgh Castle 247-6 Cross Keys 119 all out

Bamburgh entertained the touring Cross Keys side on Friday and won by 128 runs on a damp pitch. Batting first Bamburgh made steady progress and after 24 overs were 113-4 when the 2 Australians Ched Hitchcock and Mike Threllfell came to the crease and began to accelerate and added 79 runs in 8 overs before Hitchcock was out for 71 in only 43 balls shortly afterwards Threllfell also perished in the search for quick runs for 38 in 35 balls with the total on 229. No more wickets fell for the sea siders to finish their innings on 247-6 off their allotted 40 overs. When Cross Keys batted their openers Tim Pearman and Tom Landridge made 34 before the collapse began and the London based side were all out for 119 in 33.2 overs. The only real resistance came from Gary Whitmore with 38 in 34 balls. Young Max Harrison was Bamburgh's star bowler with outstanding figures of 5-26 ably assisted with outstanding catching from the home side. All in all a fine team performance. On Sunday rain caught up with the cricket again when the match against K.S.T.O.B. was abandoned with the old boys 134-2 off 25 overs. 

Dave Parmley.


Wednesday 8th August 2012

Bamburgh Castle 148 all out Benwell Hill 203 for 6

On a beautiful summers day Bamburgh lost their latest match to an experienced Benwell Hill by 55 runs last Wednesday. Batting first the Newcastle based side lost an early wicket when Barry Evans was bowled by Andrew Wright for a single in the second over. Dave Ladd and Greg Robertson then added a further 80 runs in 15 overs before opener Ladd was stumped for 37. The Hill continued to score at a good pace and although Bamburgh used 7 bowlers were unable to bowl out the Benwell side who finished on 203-6 at tea with Robertson top scoring with a hard hitting 55. Andrew Wright was the main wicket taker, taking 3-49 off his 10 overs ably supported by Mike Threllfell (1-42), Andrew Scott (1-41) and Alex Davies (1-31). When Bamburgh batted they slumped to a disappointing 50-5 off 16 overs until a stand of 54 from Mike Threllfell who top scored with 40 and Andrew Scott (38) took the score to a reasonable total. Bamburgh were eventually bowled out for 148 in the 40th over and they did nothing to help their cause by having 3 of their batsmen run out. Bamburgh's match with Alnmouth and Lesbury was cancelled on Sunday due to Alnmouth being unable to raise a side so their next match is against Cross Keys on Friday 17th August with the wickets pitched at 2p.m.


Dave Parmley.


Sunday 5th August 2012

Bamburgh Castle 146-6 St Georges Rovers 145 all out

Defying the storms, Bamburgh continued their recent good form by defeating St Georges Rovers by 4 wickets at the Castle field on Sunday. The Rovers won the toss and decided to bat and were soon in trouble with Johnny Roxburgh ripping through the top order of the batting. He clean bowled the first five wickets to fall in the first 6 overs that he bowled. With the score on 40-5 the St Georges batsmen began to dig in anchored by Andy Littlefair and with the tail wagging a little the Rovers were eventually bowled out in the final over with the total on 145. Littlefair top scored on 33 not out and the wicket takers for the Castle side were Roxburgh with 5-12, Alex Davies 1-21, Tom Woodburn 2-34 and George Shiel 2-14. When Bamburgh batted, the innings revolved around a stubborn George Shiel who refused to give away his wicket and batted throughout the innings making 49 not out to win the match for the seasiders. Shiel was ably assisted by Rory Gibson with a hard hitting 37 and Bamburgh rather limped across the line winning the match with 4 balls to spare against a vastly experienced St Georges side.


Dave Parmley.


Sunday 29th July 2012

Bamburgh Castle 99-9 Hexham Leazes 95 all out

An understrength Bamburgh side battled to a thrilling 1 wicket win over Hexham Leazes on Sunday. Opting to bowl first the Castle side bowled and fielded well and apart from opener Rory Kingman who retired out on 43 off 55 balls the Hexham batsmen never got to grips with the bowling with only Tom Elliott who was 11 not out getting into double figures. The final total was 95 all out with 13 year old Max Harrison taking 3-15 ably supported by Neil McDonald with 2-16 off 8 overs and Richard Alsept with 2-9. When Bamburgh batted they were soon in trouble and after only 9 overs subsided to 26-5 and wickets kept falling and after 15 overs they were 49-7. Neil McDonald and Graham Summers then produced what turned out to be the match winning partnership of 38 runs before Summers was caught in the slips. Bamburgh got to within 1 run when McDonald's fine innings came to an end when he was bowled by Hexham skipper John Taylor for 29 and it was left to stand in skipper George Sheil to hit the winning runs in the 27th over the Castle side had to bring in 3 lads from Belford F.C. who performed well on their debut's. On Friday Bamburgh (118-7) defeated Belford F.C. (77 all out) by 41 runs in a 20/20 match.


Dave Parmley.


Sunday 22nd July 2012

Tillside 158-9 Bamburgh Castle 159-3

In their best performance of the season Bamburgh travelled to Etal and beat Tillside by 7 wickets on Sunday. Bowling first the Bamburgh bowlers restricted Tillside 158-9 after their allotted 40 overs despite good knocks from Lee Dickson (46), Liam Hindmarsh (36) and young Ross Hindmarsh with a patient 20. The pick of the bowling was Tom Lakey with a seasons best of 5-22 who was ably assisted by Andrew Wright with 2-20 other wicket takers were debutant Graham Summers with 1-14 and Lawrence Reeves with 1-34. When Bamburgh batted they lost 2 quick wickets for 26 before a stand of 52 by opener Harry Lobb and Lawrence Reeves led the recovery Lobb was then out for 30 which brought Rory Gibson to the crease. He and Reeves nudged the ball all around the to add the 81 runs required to win the match in the 33rd over. Reeves finished with a brilliant 65 not out in 68 balls and Gibson a sound 36 off 47 balls. This was a good allround performance by the seasiders who also beat Rothbury Village in a 20/20 match on Friday scoring 132-2 and restricting Rothbury to 57-7.

Dave Parmley.



Sunday 15th July 2012

Bamburgh Castle 132 all out Vikings 186 all out

Due to a supreme effort by the ground staff an inexperienced Castle side lost to the touring Northumberland Vikings by 54 runs at the castle field on Sunday. Batting first the Vikings made a steady start with skipper Nick Brown and Andy Horner making 61 runs in 12 overs before Horner was bowled by Rory Gibson for 43. After that the Castle attack whittled their way through the Vikings batting to bowl them out for 186 in the 39th over Quinn making 44, Harvey 35 and Brown who retired out for 24 the only batsmen to make double figures. Pick of the bowling was Johnny Roxburgh with 4-14 with the other wicket takers Gibson 2-43, Tom Woodburn 2-13 and Ryan Kelly 1-38. When Bamburgh batted they were soon in trouble at 42-5 after 11 overs before Harry Lobb and skipper Steve Robinson began to dig in and added 52 more runs before Robinson was bowled for 10 after that the innings subsided to 132 all out with Lobb returning to form top scoring with 26. Pick of the Vikings attack was Peter Harvey with 3-13. A valiant effort by Bamburgh's youngsters who were only let down by poor catching although the ground fielding was outstanding.


Dave Parmley.


Sunday 1st July 2012

Bamburgh Castle v Prudhoe 31-4 after 11.1 overs

In a rain affected season the match between Bamburgh Castle and Prudhoe was abandoned after only 11.1 overs with the Castle side in the ascendancy. Winning the toss Bamburgh elected to bowl on a wicket which was rather slow due to the deluge from Thursday's thunderstorm. The two Prudhoe openers J Alnwick and M Jacobs survived the first three overs making 16 runs before Jacobs was bowled by Andrew Wright for 4. In the 5th over new batsman J Burns was also bowled this time by Johnny Roxburgh for 3. Alnwick fell in the following over which left Prudhoe reeling on 20-3 before a mini stand of 10 runs from Chris Sewell and Richie Chamberlain took the score to 30 before Chamberlain was bowled by a large inswinger from Roxburgh for 2. Only 3 more balls were bowled before the rains brought a premature end to the proceeding's. The captains shook hands for to signal the end of the game in this dreadful summer of weather.

Dave Parmley.


Thursday 14th June 2012

The match against Bradford T & A cancelled due to heavy rain and water logged pitch.


Thursday 14th June 2012

Bamburgh Castle 126-3 Percy Farmers 67-9

BCCC Team 14 June 2012

Bamburgh took on their good friends Percy Farmers in a match on Vice Presidents day which was also the Torch day last Thursday with the Castle side coming out on top by 59 runs in a 15/15 match. Bamburgh opened up with the evergreen guest player Stuart Tiffin and Mike Threllfell and had amassed 76 runs in the 10th over before they both retired Tiffin with 22 from 27 balls including 2 fours and Threllfell with a hard hitting 51off 28 balls including 4 sixes and 4 fours. Phil Grey took the only other wicket to fall and ended with figures of 1-12. When the Farmers batted they never recovered from losing Ian Pearson for 1 and were really struggling on 29-7 before the experienced pair of J Patterson and Tom Vickers added a further 30 runs before both were out with the total on 59. Percy Farmers soon ended their innings on 67-9. Four Bamburgh bowlers took wickets but the pick of the bowlers was Andrew Wright with 4-10. After the match the players and the Vice Presidents were treated to a barbeque kindly donated by Carters the Butchers in the village.

Dave Parmley.

Sunday 3rd June 2012

Bamburgh Castle 68 All Out v Wolsingham 72-8

Bamburgh suffered a bad result on Sunday losing to Wolsingham by 2 wickets after being bowled out for just 68 runs in 15 overs. Asked to bat first Bamburgh were soon in trouble and after 3 overs had lost both openers with 16 runs on the board. Last week's batting heroes Tom Lakey and Lawrence Reeves then started to rebuild the innings before Lakey was bowled by Watson for 17 then Reeves was run out for 21 with the score on 56-4. After this Bamburgh lost their last 6 wickets for only 12 runs, indeed 5 wickets fell with the score on 60.      Wolsingham only required 2 bowlers to whittle out the Castle side with J Wilkes with 5-38 and M Watson 4-29.

      When Wolsingham batted the Bamburgh bowlers took the game to Wolsingham and wickets tumbled at regular intervals but they didn't have enough runs to play with. Captain D Jewell made 21 as Wolsingham limped over the line in 22.5 overs. Wickets were taken by Andrew Wright (2-20), Mike Threllfell (3-28) and Tom Woodburn (2-17) but special mention should go to opening bowler Johnny Roxburgh who bowled 8 overs for just 6 runs. His last 6 overs were all maidens.

Dave Parmley.

Sunday 27th May 2012

Bamburgh Castle 192 all out v Tillside 195 for 5

Tillside beat Bamburgh Castle on Sunday by 5 wickets as the sun eventually arrived at the Castle Ground. A depleted Bamburgh side batted first and after losing two quick wickets Tom Lakey and Lawrence Reeves set off to rebuild the innings. After adding 87 runs in 14 overs both fell in quick succession Reeves for 50 in 47 balls and Lakey 58 in 78 balls. Harry Lobb with 26 and Eric Nicholson 14 not out saw Bamburgh reach 192 in their 40 overs. Best bowling for Tillside was L Dickson (2-30) and Andy Maguire (2-18). When Tillside batted Neil McDonald trapped Whitty l.b.w. for 2 but Liam Hindmarsh and Gavin Moscrop, with a mixture of big hitting and good running took the game out of Bamburgh's reach with a stand of 144 in 22 overs before Moscrop was stumped for 60 off 74 balls. After some minor scares Tillside won with 4 1/2 overs to spare. Hindmarsh was stranded on 95 not out from 99 balls to carry his bat for a man of the match performance. Best bowling for the Castle side was Reeves who took 2-43.

Dave Parmley.


Sunday 20th May 2012

Bamburgh Castle 147-7 v Blagdon Park 150-5

Bamburgh lost to Blagdon Park by 5 wickets at the Castle Ground on Sunday. Opting to bat first Bamburgh struggled for runs in the face of good tight bowling from a young Blagdon attack and after 20 overs were 47-2, and after losing there third wicket Johnny Roxburgh and Lawrence Reeves began to repair the damage adding 66 in 9 overs before Roxburgh was out for 48 off 87 balls which included 1 six and 4 fours then Reeves was out shortly afterwards for 36 and the innings went from 113 for 3 to 149 for 7 in 8 overs.

Blagdon's reply started badly and after 16 overs were 34-4 but hard hitting knocks from A Clough (22), and an unbeaten sixth wicket stand of 75 from M Senior (45 not out) and skipper R Hughes (48 not out) saw Blagdon home with 5 and a half overs to spare. Bamburgh tried 8 bowlers to make inroads into the Blagdon batting to no avail.

Dave Parmley.




Sunday 24th April 2011

Bamburgh Castle CC 146 v Kings School Old Boys 142.


Photo courtesy Dr David Gill.

“There’s a breathless hush”.

Bathed in glorious Easter sunshine Bamburgh started the new season with an impressive, hard fought win against a very good KSOB side, owing their victory to a never-say-never attitude and, in no small part to the sprinkling of experienced players within their ranks. (Groundsman’s comment – “ and to the sprinkling of the wicket and the outstanding efforts of the Groundsmen !!!)

Having elected to bat first on a bouncy responsive pitch Bamburgh suffered a clatter of early wickets but steadied the ship thanks to the experience of Billy Wright with an excellent 32 and a solid partnership between Neil McDonald (28) and vice captain Mike Brookes. After the middle order had left attempting to up the scoring rate another mini collapse meant that the home side had perhaps fallen short of setting a challenging target.

Young pace bowler Alex Davis made some early inroads as KSOB started their reply but a combination of rusty bowling and lusty blows had the visitors in front and on target for a win until veteran Eric Nicholson came on for a rare bowl in the later stages and aided by 2 excellent catches by Rory Gibson his 4-15 saw Bamburgh home in a nail biting finish.

It was an excellent start all round as the Ladies worked tirelessly in the pavilion serving the large holiday crowd with cream teams, raising a substantial amount in the process for club funds.

Mike Brookes  

Sunday 1st May 2011

Bamburgh Castle CC 208-8 v Alnmouth 125 all out.

Despite being without several key players Bamburgh made hay in the glorious Alnmouth sunshine with virtually every player contibuting to a comfortable win.
Having won the toss and elected to take first use of a fast bouncy wicket the visitors scored steadily despite two of their top 4 failing to trouble the scorers. A steady 36 from debutant opener Richard Alsept anchored the innings as he shared in good partnerships with teenager Jonny Roxburgh who hit a quick fire 21 and top scorer Billy Wright who compiled an excellent 41.
The middle order moved the scoring along quickly and laid the foundation for the best innings of the day which came from another player making his Bamburgh bow, quick bowler Phil Gray who smashed the ball to all parts, scoring 37 off less than 20 balls, including two enormous straight driven sixes.
When the home side replied they lost wickets steadily with Neil McDonald(3-16) and Jonny Roxburgh (3-23) chipping away at them but the best mini spell of the day came at the end with youngster Andrew (son of Billy) producing two beautifully disguised slower balls to clean up the tail.

Mike Brookes

Sunday 15 May 2011

Bamburgh Castle CC 88 for 3 v  Eglingham 82 all out (away)

An incredible innings of 43 not out from just 14 balls by all rounder Phil Grey saw Bamburgh home under the glowering Eglingham skies.

On a green and juicy wicket that offered wildly varied bounce throughout, the home side opted to bat first and with opener Graham compiling a patient 30 they moved albeit slowly onto 41 for 1 and looked set for a challenging total until the left-arm pair of Will Jackson and Lawrence Reeves blew them away, their 11.2 combined overs bringing 8 wickets for just 18 runs.

Before them Phil Grey, Neil McDonald, Jonny Roxburgh and Gavin Whitelaw had bowled beautifully with very little reward but, bowling swing at a decent pace, Will Jackson started the rot by bowling Green and with the floodgates open Lawrence Reeves sending down beautifully-flighted wrist spin wrapped up the tail, Jackson netting 4 for 14 from 7 excellent overs and 15 year old Reeves 4 for 5 from his 4.2 overs.

In reply Bamburgh stuttered in the face of more good bowling from left-arm pace men and lost 3 wickets before passing the 30 mark but, with Nick Richardson (23 not out) offering excellent support, the stage was set for Grey to unleash his shots and he did so with absolute certainty hitting 5 massive sixes and 3 rocket- propelled boundaries to see his side home with 22 overs to spare.

Mike Brookes  

Sunday 5th June 2011.

Bamburgh Castle CC 104 all out. Tillside 106-5 (20.3 overs) 25 over game

The newly acquired pitch covers enabled the game to be played, albeit in a shortened form, when the rain finally cleared in mid afternoon. Underneath the covers the pitch was, as ever evenly paced and good for batting and this allied to a fast drying, well manicured outfield, meant that there were certainly no demons facing the batsmen.

The home side had first use of the pitch and thanks once again to veteran Billy Wright, with 44 from 57 balls they moved steadily to 81 for 2 from their first 18 overs with Jonny Roxburgh, Tom Lakey and Nick Richardson all getting into their teens without being able to push on as perhaps they should. It looked like a challenging total might be posted but unfortunately in attempting to force the pace in the  picked up 5 for 10 from 3.4 overs.

When the visitors replied an excellent burst by the opening attack of Neil McDonald and Roxburgh had them reeling at 17-4 after 7 overs and that might have been even more damaging had several edges and misplaced shots actually gone to hand. Sadly Bamburgh could not force home their advantage and an excellent partnership of 61 between Whitty(46 not out) and McGuire (27) changed the face of the game, especially after the latter was dropped before getting under way. Teenage spinner Tom Woodburn gave his side a faint glimmer of hope by removing McGuire but Tillside skipper Pick extinguished it in partnership with Whitty to see his side home.

Mike Brooks

19th June 2011.

Bamburgh Castle 156 for 8 (35 overs) Prudhoe 20 for 2 (7 overs)

Once again the inclement "summer" climate managed to get the upper hand and frustrate Bamburgh's attempts to force home a win when well placed.
With showers forecasted for later in the day the game was initially shortened to one of 35 overs and having won the toss in watery sunshine the home side had no hesitation in taking use of a wicket that had been well protected by covers in the build up the game.
Teenage opener Harry Lobb enjoying a welcome return to form led from the front with a patiently compiled 54 and thanks to some lusty blows by another youngster Tom Lakey who made 28 and veteran Mark Roxburgh who smashed a rapid 22 they managed a more than decent score that was punctuated half way though by an early tea as the forecasted rain duly arrived.
In reply the visitors lost 2 quick wickets, one of them a brilliant catch behind by skipper Steve Robinson, in the face of excellent opening burst by Jonny Roxburgh and Will Jackson but with the onset of heavier rain all agreed to shake hands on an honourable draw and withdraw to a The Castle for libations.
Hopefully the weather will be much kinder next weekend when Bamburgh play host to Riding Mill CC.

Mike Brooks

26th June 2011.

Bamburgh Castle CC 111 all out.  Riding Mill  223 for 2 (40 overs)

In a summer of rain clouds the sun finally shone on the Castle Green but it was the visitors that made all the hay comprehensively out batting, out bowling and out fielding their hosts.

From the moment that the home side lost the toss it is better to not just throw a veil over proceedings but add a full Burka.
Right from the off the Bamburgh bowlers failed to find a consistent line and length and when they did the few half chances that they created failed to find the hands of their fielders. An opening partnership of 79 from just 15 overs was eventually broken by Neil McDonald only for visiting skipper Michael Cairns go up the gears in compiling a top class century in partnership with L.Hanley ( retired on 79), his 104 coming off just 110 balls including 13 fours as he produced an a full array of shots.

It was only after an 8th bowling change that youngster Andrew Wright showed his more experienced team mates the virtue of straight bowling as he removed Cairns but by then the damage had been well and truly inflicted.
In reply Bamburgh needed a good start if they were to stand any chance but to underline just how far out their luck was on the day opener Lakey fell to an incredible diving catch by the inspired Cairns.Though the other opener Harry Lobb showed good aggression in his knock of 21 a succession of wickets fell as the home batsmen all failed to come to terms with the increasingly low slow bounce 6 of them falling to shots played before the ball arrived and a 7th featuring an almost comical run out.

Only skipper Steve Robinson with a rapid 30 and fellow tail ender George Shiel (24 not out) offered any real resistance and their partnership of 44 in 8 overs at least gave their side a score of 3 figures.

Mike Brooks


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