Alnwick beaten by league leaders

Alnwick Cricket Club’s first XI suffered a setback in their bid for survival in the form of a 112-run defeat to table-toppers Benwell and Walbottle on Saturday.

In a rain-affected match, Benwell won the toss and elected to bat first.

After a frantic start, it was Alnwick who struck the first blow, Roxburgh removing opener Ijaz Khan for 11, followed soon after by Stuart Smith, who was trapped lbw for the same score by Will Smith.

However, Alnwick’s joy was short lived as Hazan Raza (86), Quarrell (29) and Michael Birrell (26) took the home side’s score to 213-5, helped in no small part by 26 extras.

The innings was prematurely ended by rain, and the game was reduced to 43 overs per side.

Jonathan Roxburgh was the pick of Alnwick’s bowlers, taking 2-28.

Smith, Andrew Scott and Jamie Guy each picked up a wicket apiece.

In reply, Alnwick never threatened, losing regular wickets, with only Guy (22) and Laurence Reeves (19) showing any resistance to the league leaders.

Eventually, they were dismissed for only 101.

Currently second bottom of the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League, Alnwick will have to pick themselves up for a crucial stretch of games in order to avoid the drop.

On Saturday, they are at home to Newcastle City.