Alnwick jump up the table after impressive victory

Alnwicks  Dave Wright ,bowling v Seaton Burn
Alnwicks Dave Wright ,bowling v Seaton Burn

Alnwick (244-6) v Seaton Burn (125 all out)

Alnwick, sitting fourth in the table, hosted Seaton Burn as they looked to get three league wins from three to remain in the hunt for top spot.

Despite a poor forecast, the Alnwick ground staff had once again produced a brilliant wicket and outfield and home captain Woods had no qualms as he lost the toss and was asked to bat first.

Alnwick openers Brewis and Graham got off to a slow start but they finally got going with a few boundaries from Graham. But just as Brewis started to get going, his downfall came as the change of bowling brought Seaton Burn’s first wicket with the score on 33.

At the other end, however, Graham, as he has done so often this season, looked in scintillating form by despatching the ball to all parts of the ground. Graham very quickly brought up his third 50 in all competitions with yet another boundary but, soon after, Wright got his second wicket of the game by having Threlfall trapped lbw for 11.

Guy got off to a quick start as both batsmen scored freely and looked to post a total over 200 runs. Unfortunately for Graham, the sight of three figures was elusive as he came up short, falling for 81 as he was caught and bowled by the impressive Wright.

Soon after Guy brought up an impressive half-century, he was walking back to the pavilion as he scored 52 to leave Alnwick on 180-4 with nine overs left to post a huge total.

Both Scott (34) and Reeves (31) ran well and continually dispatched the loose ball to the boundary to leave Alnwick on 244-6 at the midway stage.

Following the break, youngster Andy Wright made the first breakthrough as he bowled Kyle for four to pick up his first wicket.

Opening batter Jennison wasn’t going to give up the fight easily though as he crunched a couple of fours through the covers.

Guy followed his successes with the bat with two wickets in an over, picking up the key wicket of Jennison for 23 to leave Seaton Burn struggling on 37-3. Wickets continued to fall as Seaton Burn struggled to chase such a high score as both Scott and D Wright got in on the action.

Seaton Burn’s only hope of chasing Alnwick’s score was left to captain Lyall but, as soon as he departed for a well-played 27, the visitors crumbled to 104-9. A last-wicket partnership of 21 helped Seaton Burn to claim a further batting point but eventually Scott got the breakthrough to claim 5-35 off his 11 overs and wrap up a 119-run victory to lift Alnwick into second place.