Alnmouth take home spoils in derby clash

Alnmouth & Lesbury U18s v Alnwick U18s

The U18s Lingard Cup competition group stages got underway this week when Alnmouth hosted Alnwick.

Alnmouth were put into bat by their neighbours and suffered early setbacks when Jonny Ridley, and Ed Gillon were dismissed by Andrew Wright and Ritchie Elliot was run out by a direct hit with only 20 on the board.

When captain Callum Batey was caught by his counterpart Jonathan Roxburgh off Tom Lackey for 16 and Rob Cuthbert was dismissed for one, Alnmouth were struggling at 40 for 5.

However, the middle order responded as Ed Brunton hit 25, Will Young an aggressive 32 and Angus Gillespie-Payne 15 not out to push the score beyond 100.

Alnmouth were all out from the final ball of their innings for a below par 105.

Andrew Wright was the pick of the Alnwick bowlers with 3 for 14 whilst the other wicket takers were Tom Lakey (two), Micheal Kirkup (two) and Ryan Kelly.

Alnwick openers Lakey and Roxburgh found run scoring difficult against the opening pace attack of Ridley and Brunton and it was Ridley that made the break-through, bowling Roxburgh for seven leaving Alnwick 14 for 1 after five overs.

The Alnmouth bowling remained tight as Ritchie Elliot and George Puddephat joined the attack and at the half way point Alnwick had slipped behind the required run rate and were 32-1.

Puddephat then claimed three wickets dismissing Tom Lakey for a well played 27 and Max Harrison and Andrew Wright; two of these being excellent low down catches by Alex Robson.

The Alnwick Innings closed on 71 for 6 with Joe Cowan 14no, leaving the home team winners by 34 runs.

The strength of this Alnmouth team through the age groups has always been their bowling and fielding and this proved to be the deciding factor in this game.

Alnmouth & Lesbury U18’s 105 v Alnwick U18’s 71-6.