Beds slump to poor defeat against Northumberland

Andy Reynoldson in action for Bedfordshire
Andy Reynoldson in action for Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire fell to disappointing defeat in a low-scoring Unicorns Championship fixture at home to Northumberland on Tuesday.

They lost the three-day game at Luton Town & Indians by five wickets – but not before they had their visitors on the ropes in the final innings.

With Northumberland chasing a modest 131 to win, Beds took the first two wickets in eight balls before a run was on the board.

And the visitors were soon wobbling badly at 23-4, Colin Griggs taking three wickets.

But a fifth wicket partnership of 94 saw the game taken away from the hosts and although Beds picked up one more wicket Northumberland won the match, and took 22 championship points to Beds’ 4.

Beds chose to bat first on Sunday but made a poor start, Charlie Thurston being caught on the third ball of the day, and they were bowled out cheaply for just 147.

George Thurstance was the only batsman to offer any meaningful resistance with 37 while Ed Wharton chipped in with 28 useful runs for the final wicket to push the score along to respectability.

In their reply Northumberland were initially pegged back to 7-3 but recovered to post a score of 226, Andy Reynoldson the pick of the Bedfordshire bowlers with 4-78 off 28 overs.

In the second innings openers Thurston (44) and Luke Thomas (41) got Beds off to a much better start and with Thurstance in fine form the side were well set at 176-3 – looking like they would set Northumberland a challenging total to chase.

But then the batting simply collapsed, and Thurstance was left stranded on 83 as the innings closed on 209 and it proved to be not enough.