Alnmouth score win to secure A1 status

Charles Anderson batting for Alnmouth v Ponteland. Steve Miller
Charles Anderson batting for Alnmouth v Ponteland. Steve Miller

First team round-up

Alnmouth & Lesbury I secured a home win against Ponteland to make safe their place in Division A1 of the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League.

Ponteland elected to bat first and the decision looked justified as they reached 50 without loss.

Ben Oliver then got the vital wicket of club professional Wayne Ritzema for 20 and the Alnmouth tails were up.

By the time Oliver had finished his spell, he had taken another three wickets and the visitors were struggling at 86-5. The remaining wickets fell in quick succession for just 26 runs, as Pont were dismissed for 112 in 41 overs.

Oliver (4-35) and Ed Brunton (3-13).

Alnmouth lost the wicket of Tom Vickers with the score on three before Callum Batey and Straker batted carefully, taking the score up to 27.

After Straker’s dismissal for 20, there was a middle-order collapse and at 46-5, Alnmouth still had plenty to do.

Charles Anderson and Jonny Denton batted fluently and attacked the change bowlers before Anderson was caught off the top edge for a well-played 30.

An unbeaten seventh-wicket partnership of 34 between Denton (37no off 47 balls) and Ed Brunton saw the home team to victory with almost 10 overs remaining.

In Division A2, Alnwick I lost by 13 runs away at Backworth at the weekend.

Batting first, the hosts posted 164-8 with Alan Robson top-scoring with 46.

David Wright, Michael Kirkup and Andrew Scott took two wickets apiece.

In reply, Alnwick fell just short, with several players managing to start an innings, but nobody really taking the game by the scruff of the neck. Max Harrison top-scored with 43.

One team whose status is not safe is Warkworth I, who remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier Division table in the Northumberland Cricket League despite a seven-wicket win at home against second-from-bottom Gateshead Ethnic Minorities (GEM).

In the first innings, the hosts managed to limit the visitors to 168.

A big-hitting 80 off 90 balls from Scott Gibson, including 10 fours and four sixes. helped Warkworth to their fourth win of the season.

Tillside I (165) were 92-run victors over Bates Cottages (73). Alan Hindmarsh took four wickets for one run for the north Northumbrians.