Castle Eden sink Swalwell in play-off to clinch promotion to North East Premier League

Castle Eden Cricket team.''Back row: L-R, Philip Wimpenny, Ben Blackwood, Keith Bailey, Richard Ede, Jude Dinushan and Liam Irwin.''Front row:L-R, John Spellman, Alan Unsworth, John Spellman Jr, Kameron Shah and Christopher Freeman.
Castle Eden Cricket team.''Back row: L-R, Philip Wimpenny, Ben Blackwood, Keith Bailey, Richard Ede, Jude Dinushan and Liam Irwin.''Front row:L-R, John Spellman, Alan Unsworth, John Spellman Jr, Kameron Shah and Christopher Freeman.

Castle Eden yesterday clinched their place in next season’s North East Premier League, with a play-off success against Swalwell.

The Durham Cricket League champions finally got the go-ahead against their Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League opponents at the Emirates Riverside, following last weekend’s washout at Ropery Lane.

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Castle Eden batted first and lost opener Liam Irwin for just three.

But they rallied to make 187 all out, mainly thanks to Johnny Spellman, who made 45, Dean Langridge (37) and Robbie McGlasham (30), although they only used 43 of their allocated 50 overs.

Spellman and McGlasham put on 74 for the second wicket.

In reply, Swalwell made a reasonable start as they reached 61-1, despite seeing opener Chris Hewison dismissed without scoring.

The Tynesiders lost vital wickets through the middle order and were eventually all out for 153, leaving them short by 34 runs.

Jeremy Warner grabbed four wickets to inspire Castle Eden, while Keith Bailey and Alan Unsworth took two apiece. Brennan Ball and McGlasham also struck.

Castle Eden will now play in the Premier League’s Division One in the 2018 season.