Alnmouth and Lesbury win the battle of the seconds

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Alnmouth & Lesbury II (136 all out) Alnwick II (94 all out)

Alnmouth and Lesbury’s second team entertained neighbours Alnwick II.

On winning the toss, visiting captain Andrew Stewart asked the home team to bat first and they made a solid start reaching 32 runs until Hinchliffe was well caught on the boundary by Laurence Reeves above his head off the bowling of Andrew Wright.

The Alnwick spinners Stewart and Barker then entered the bowling attack and put the brakes on the Alnmouth innings.

Both bowling well and getting turn from the early-season wicket, they picked up regular wickets. After their maximum 13 overs, Stewart ended with two wickets for 24 runs and Barker four wickets for 39 runs.

Top scorers for Alnmouth were Joe Dilnot who made 25 and veteran wicketkeeper McDonald, who shepherded the tail well to end 24 not out.

Chris Woods, returning for a second spell, ended the innings by getting wickets with successive balls as Alnmouth were bowled out for 136.

After the break, the Alnwick opening batsmen Reeve and Lobb went out to face the home opening bowlers Ford-Hutchinson and Ed Brunton.

Both batsmen were bowled cheaply by Brunton, leaving Alnwick 17 for 2. Stewart then joined Woods at the crease and started to repair the innings, doubling the total, until Alex Robson struck.

He removed the experienced Stewart and Matthewson in quick succession and followed this up with the wickets of Harrison and Bateman.

At the other end, the evergreen George Gibson was keeping the batsmen guessing.

Returning for a second spell, Brunton picked up three further wickets, including the crucial wicket of Chris Woods who had batted well for Alnwick, proving to be the game’s top scorer with 38.

Ford-Hutchinson finally ended a spirited 10th-wicket partnership between Hoist and Wright ending the Alnwick innings on 94.

Alnmouth and Lesbury won a game played in good spirits by 42 runs.