Under-14 Cricket Team beat Monkwearmouth in the QF of the County Cup

27 Jun 2014

Castle View won the toss and elected to bat on a sunny day with little cloud cover. 

Elliott Campbell opened the batting with Adam Newton but captain Campbell soon lost his partner to a confident LBW shout.  Luke Walmsley and Scott Newton soon followed through moments of indecision, and although the scoring was at a healthy five-runs-per-over, the loss of three wickets necessitated caution from Campbell.  He found an ally in Nathan Hall who batted sensibly, rotating the strike and maintaining the run rate.  When Campbell departed to a full toss, caught at extra cover for 24, Hall found it difficult to take on the mantle, although his 20 not out from 35 balls represented a commendable effort amongst some indecisive batting from the team in general.  The final total of 86 for five from 20 overs looked well-short of a par score.

Monkwearmouth started brightly and pounced upon some short bowling, although Adam Newton caused problems at the other end.  Campbell was replaced by Aaron Mitchell after two overs and his spell proved the turning point of the game.  The in-form seamer produced a spell of three for six from four overs.  However, opener Leach was still looking dominant and a possible match-winner.

Campbell replaced Newton after three overs as Castle View persisted with their most potent bowlers up top, knowing that one key wicket would take them to victory.  Campbell delivered with a superb yorker to dismiss Leach and the game was all but over.  Walmsley and Asa McCormick finished it off with tidy bowling spells as Monkwearmouth were dismissed 63 in 18.1 overs.

The students involved were Elliott Campbell (c), Adam Newton, Luke Walmsley, Scott Newton, Nathan Hall, David Cheverton, Asa McCormick, Aaron Mitchell, James Bland, Cameron Douglass and Liam Hardy.

Castle View will meet St Bede’s School (Lanchester), St Thomas More School (Blaydon) or Hetton School in the semi-final.