CRICKETERS from the West Tyne League gelled to great effect as they defeated a North-East Midweek League team by five wickets.

The West Tyne XI fielded first in the match, which took place at Corbridge Cricket Club, as the Midweek side were 162 all out from their 30 overs.

Luke Parkinson was the pick of the West Tyne bowlers, taking three wickets, before Connor O’Leary took three late wickets, and Will Forster took one.

The midweek side only had eight players, and had to borrow some fielders. But they couldn’t stop Joe Barber as he ran up a total of 95 not out. He was supported by Andy Crawford, who was 38 not out, with the pair putting together a partnership of about 80 runs.

The West Tyne League team, which was made up of players from local clubs, finished on 169-5.

Plans are already in place for the sides to meet again next year.

West Tyne XI: Andy Crawford (Humshaugh); Dale Leadbitter (Haydon Bridge); Bart Ryan (Haltwhistle); Joe Barber (Haydon Bridge); Ross Davies (Hexham Leazes); Hedley Renton (Humshaugh); Connor O’Leary (Matfen Hall); Mark Armstrong (Hexham Leazes); Luke Parkinson (Humshaugh); Will Forster (Humshaugh); and Liam Stephenson (Haydon Bridge).

It’s a busy period for the West Tyne League. Two weeks ago, it hosted its Division One and Division Two Knock-Out Cup finals, at Prior’s Flat, the home of Hexham-based Tynedale Cricket Club. Haydon Bridge were Division One cup winners, while Haltwhistle won the Division Two cup.