Alnwick bounce back as Alnmouth falter

Alnwick v Benwell &Walbottle. Michael Brewis batting for Alnwick. Picture Steve Miller.
Alnwick v Benwell &Walbottle. Michael Brewis batting for Alnwick. Picture Steve Miller.

Alnwick I (183-3) v Benwell & Walbottle (177-6)

Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division A2

Alnwick Cricket Club were looking to bounce back following a defeat by newly-promoted Bedlington as they faced promotion contenders Benwell & Walbottle.

The Tynesiders, after winning the toss, had no hesitation to bat first on what looked a great wicket.

Alnwick got an early break-through when Roxburgh had Anderson caught behind for four.

Despite the early wicket, Alnwick were fairly wayward and a partnership started to build.

The partnership was finally broken with the score on 102 when Stewart bowled Brown for a well-made 43.

Alnwick turned the screw and continually picked up wickets, the vital wicket of Raza finally coming in the dying overs as Roxburgh returned to pick up two further wickets and to leave Benwell & Walbottle on 177-6 off their allotted overs.

Following the break, both Brewis and Graham looked in fine form as they looked to negotiate the opening bowlers.

The partnership was finally broken on 81 as Graham was bowled by Raza for 34 and only a few moments later, Forrest fell in the same fashion for 12.

Brewis brought up his 50 with yet another well-timed four, but he wasn’t able to capitalise as he too fell to Raza for 52, leaving Alnwick on 111-3.

Scott and captain Woods looked to rebuild the innings with 20 overs left, with Scott in particular taking advantage of anything short as the pair inched closer to their victory target.

Woods finished the game in style hitting a four and then a six to win the match.

Scott finished unbeaten on 30 while Woods was 28 not out as Alnwick cruised to the target with a little more than seven overs remaining.

Alnwick will now look to take the momentum of this victory as they travel to Whickham next Saturday.

Alnmouth & Lesbury I (71) v Annfield Plain (75-5)

Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division A1

Alnmouth found the going tough away against an experienced Annfield Plain team on Saturday which included former Durham player Neil Killeen.

After losing the toss, the visitors were asked to bat on a wicket that looked good, but still contained some moisture after recent rain.

It was Killeen who struck first, trapping Paul Straker lbw without score in the first over.

Alnmouth’s early order all found it difficult to read the wicket and they were soon in trouble at 15-4.

Jonny Ridley and Ben Oliver stuck around for a while, both getting into double figures.

But once they were dismissed, only Simon Poole, with 11, showed any real resistance as Alnmouth were bowled out in just over 20 overs for disappointing and below-par 71.

Ben Oliver and Nick Denton opened the bowling for Alnmouth and both bowled well and with early successes, reducing Annfield Plan to 12-3, they sensed they were back in the game.

When a fourth wicket was taken at 29, they were still in with a shout.

However, Philip Shield calmed the Annfield nerves as he hit an unbeaten 32 to take his side to a five-wicket victory.

Oliver finished with three wickets and Denton and Straker, one each.

Next week, Alnmouth face a home fixture against Burnopfield.