Alnwick and Alnmouth teams both relegated in Senior League

SECOND-team cricket round-up.
SECOND-team cricket round-up.

Saturday wasn’t the most successful of days for local cricket teams with two sides being relegated and another missing out on a championship because of the rain.

Alnmouth and Lesbury were relegated from the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior A1 League, whilst Alnwick 1sts suffered the same fate in the A2 League.

And Warenford, whose game was cancelled, missed out on the Division 2 championship in the Northumberland League after being pipped to the title on ‘games won’.

Following the results on Saturday and after two seasons in Division A1 of the Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Alnmouth and Lesbury were relegated to Division A2 for next season.

Starting the day in a relegation place they knew they had to better the points achieved by Annfield Plain who were sitting just two points above them.

Alnmouth had a home fixture against Consett and following heavy morning rain, tremendous work by the groundstaff ensured a shortened 25 over game was possible.

Consett batted first and made 157-6 with Andrew Waters top scoring with 54. Russell Hughes kept the home team in the game with 4 for 33.

Alnmouth were never quite up with the run rate but looked to have an outside chance at 103-2 but once Hughes was out for a well-played 54, wickets were lost in search of quick runs and Alnmouth finished on 126-9 some 31 runs short.

Meanwhile Annfield Plain defeated Tynedale by 25 runs also in a 25 over game, to secure maximum points thanks to an unbeaten 101 from ex-Durham player Neil Killeen, which ensured that they kept the outcome in their own hands and Alnmouth were unable to catch them.

Having picked up over 200 points this season in Division A1, and finishing over 100 points above bottom club Bedlington, the Seasiders will be looking to bounce back straight away next season.

Meanwhile, Alnwick were relegated out of League A2 after finishing bottom of the pile.

Their game at Cowgate was cancelled because of the rain, and this meant they missed out on the opportunity to overhaul Greenside, who finished just six points above them in the table - on 184 points as opposed to 178.

Warenford also had every reason to curse the rain on Saturday, as it was the weather which scuppered their chances of winning the second division title in the Northumberland Cricket League.

They started the day 25 points ahead of their nearest rivals - Cramlington - knowing that if they could pick up six points they would be promoted as champions.

But heavy rain throughout the day made their pitch unplayable and their game against Monkseaton was cancelled.

Under league rules they received five points, putting them 30 points clear.

But Cramlington managed to play their game at home to Whitley Bay and a 112-run victory gave them the maximum 30 points and the title by the narrowest of margins.

Both Cramlington and Warenford finished on 476 points, but Cramlington, despite losing five games to Waren’s two, had fewer cancellations and took the title by virtue of their 15 wins as opposed to Waren’s 14.

The only consolation Warenford can take from the situation is that they will be promoted to the first division next season as runners-up.

On a day when most of the Northumberland games were cancelled, Warkworth managed to make a start against Civil Service, but the game was abandoned after only five overs with Civil Service on 13-4.