Boldon suffer final agony

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Boldon’s dreams of lifting the Saunders Cup were dashed by Durham County League club Crook yesterday.

Crook posted 169-9, despite struggling against the brilliant bowling of Karl Bellerby, who grabbed 7-33 as Brett Upton (96) and Andrew Pratt (37) top-scored.

Boldon, in reply, enjoyed 47 from Chris Ellison and an unbeaten 37 from Joe Coyne, but the bowling of Aaron Morrison (6-47) and Andrew Burgess (3-53) proved too hot to handle and they fell short on 152 all out.