A solid performance with bat and ball offers encouragement

Alnwick II (182-3) v Cowgate II (177)

Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division B2

Alnwick seconds made it three wins on the bounce when they defeated Cowgate at home on Saturday.

Cowgate won the toss and chose to bat on what looked to be a very good wicket, possibly influenced by the fact they only brought nine players.

Cowgate always tend to play their shots and this innings was no exception as they scored at a brisk pace.

But they also lost wickets at regular intervals, the first going in only the second over when Andrew Barker deceived the opener with a flighted delivery.

Although the bowling did not reach the heights of the previous week, wickets fell and at one point Cowgate were 63-5 (equivalent to seven down).

Andy ran through his bowlers taking an opportunity to give everyone a run-out with seven bowlers used. It was good to see Michael Kirkup and Matty Dixon pick up their first wickets for Alnwick.

A fine knock of 81 by M Ali led a Cowgate recovery and when he was last man out the score had reached a challenging 178. Andy Barker was pick of the Alnwick bowlers with two for 35 off his 11 overs.

Alnwick looked to have their work cut out to reach a challenging total, but they made light work of the task. Michael Brewis and Harry Lobb put on an untroubled stand of 71 before Brewis was out lbw for a fine 45.

There was a small wobble when Peter Matthewson (eight) fell quickly and then Harry Lobb was caught at square leg for a well-made 48.

Things were steadied by Andy Stewart (34no) and Max Harrison (28no) who batted sensibly, guiding the homeside to victory by seven wickets.

If this young side continues to perform and develop, a top-four finish is a distinct possibility.