Mitford (309-3) v Berwick (170-all out)
Johnnie Johnson Housing Alnwick and District Cricket League
MITFORD welcomed the league leaders, Berwick, to a cold Mitford Park on Saturday.
Berwick won the toss and asked Mitford to bat.
Berwick made a promising start with bowler McCreath dismissing Mark Parrish for one.
This brought Terry Dunn to the crease. He began to attack the bowling in his usual aggressive manner and when on 13 offered a simple chance to a Berwick fielder, a drop that was to prove extremely costly.
Dunn moved past 50 with ease and the Mitford score continued to accelerate past 100 as Dunn continued to make the bowling of the league leaders look ordinary, closing in on his ton. With Ellinor still in the 30s, Terry brought up his 100 in quick time, with 15 fours and one six.
Dunn’s incredible innings finally came to an end in the 37th over, with the score on 229, as he looked to push on the run rate and bat Berwick out of the game.
He was stumped off the bowling of Steven Dunn, having amassed a total of 144 including 22 fours and two sixes.
With eight overs remaining, there was still time for a cameo innings from Scott Lawson who smashed an unbeaten 51, including six fours and two sixes, in a 71-run partnership, to rub further salt into the Berwick wounds. Mitford ended on 309-3, with the ever-reliable Ellinor 82no.
The Berwick batsmen came out and decided to attack, their only option given the mountain they had to climb.
Youngster Kieran Little was first to strike in his opening over, getting Mitford off to a flying start, demolishing the middle stump of opener Gollightley for one.
Fellow opener Ian Thompson rode his luck looking to attack the bowling and finally fell for 18 attempting to pull a short delivery from Lees, skying a high catch to scampering wicket keeper J Lees.
Berwick’s Glen Bird took the attack to Mitford and scored a well-deserved 50 before feathering behind off the bowling of Matty Lees and S Dunn was next to follow in the exact same manner.
Dave Wigham and Lawson chipped in with two wickets apiece to bring a comprehensive victory into sight before Berwick were finally all out for 172, veteran Doctor Crowe, demolishing the off-stump of Dominic McCreath.
The emphatic win for Mitford moves them up to third place in the league, six points below top spot, their title charge having been dented by two abandoned games due to weather in recent weeks.
Mitford 309-3 (T Dunn 144, M Ellinor 82*, S Lawson 51*).
Berwick 170 all out (D Wigham 4-0-12-2, M Lees 12-0-75-3, S Lawson 10-2-37-2).
Mitford are sponsored by The Plough Inn Mitford and Pringle Building Services.