Alnwick ones slump to sixth defeat of the season

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Ponteland (266-2) v Alnwick (140)

Alnwick suffered a very heavy defeat at the hands of Ponteland going down by 126 runs due to impressive batting by home skipper Wayne Ritzema.

He scored 118 not out, aided by Hitchcock and Taylor who added half-centuries, as the home side posted 266 for 2 off the 50 overs.

Alnwick were never able to get into the game losing wickets regularly and none of the batsmen able to post challenging totals.

Mark Turnbull captured the first four wickets for 18 thereby putting the visitors on the back foot from which they were never able to break free.

Seymour, with three wickets, and Smart, with two, ensured that Ponteland had victory sewed up early in the innings.

Ritzema and Hitchcock opened the innings and on a good batting wicket produced a first wicket stand of 131 as the Alnwick bowlers toiled.

Woods rang the changes in an attempt to break the partnership and in the 32nd over Scott had Hitchcock lbw for 59 and in four balls removed James Ritzema in similar circumstances.

Stuart Taylor joined Wayne Ritzema and together they proceeded to take the Alnwick apart.

Ritzema ended on 118 in an innings lasting almost three hours containing 13 fours and two sixes, while the aggressive Taylor bludgeoned sive sixes and four fours in 63 minutes.

In reply, Ayre and Graham had taken the score to 30 in six overs when Ayre was caught.

Eight runs later Ponteland captured the wicket of Threlfall much to their joy and to the despair of Alnwick.

Graham, who was batting aggressively, was unlucky to be caught and bowled by Turnbull, the ball lodging in his arms much to his surprise.

This wicket was quickly followed by that of Scott.

Jamie Guy, together with Woods, added 36 and while victory was out of sight it was hoped that this pair could get the visitors closer to respectability.

Guy had reached 32 when he played on to Smart while attempting to sweep.

The score then moved past the 100 mark but Woods was caught at mid on attempting a big hit.

After Wright was out, Andrew Armin took the score to 140 before he was bowled by Seymour, followed almost immediately by the fall of the last wicket giving the home side an emphatic victory.

From this result, Ponteland gained 20 points and Alnwick three.

It was Alnwick’s sixth loss of the season, and combined with eight draws after a rain-ruined start to the season, it sees them languishing fourth bottom in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League, Division A2.

On Saturday, they take on Seaton Burn, one place below them in the league, at home.