Bad day at the office for Alnwick as firsts and seconds lose

Whickham I (162) v Alnwick I (132)

Alnwick lost ground on the Division A2 league leaders with a 30-run defeat at Whickham.

The hosts chose to bat on a very dry and used wicket, but their opening pair got off to a slow start with bowlers Roxburgh and Bateman applying early pressure. Roxburgh got the first breakthrough with the score on 19.

Parr came to the crease and quickly got into his stride by scoring consecutive boundaries off Roxburgh and took the attack to some loose deliveries from Scott.

Scott thought he had his first wicket caught behind as Havron appeared to have gloved the ball, but it wasn’t to be and Whickham were sitting nicely on 106-2 at drinks.

Alnwick regrouped afterwards and fought back; firstly with Scott claiming two wickets and then Wright (3-27) getting the all-important wicket of Parr for 78.

A period where Whickham had scored 47 runs for the loss of seven wickets brought Alnwick right back into the game.

A smart bit of fielding by Bateman brought the close of Whickham’s innings on 162; an average score, but Alnwick’s batsman were wary as the wicket started to break up and have variable bounce.

Alnwick’s run chase got off to the worst possible start with Graham being caught off the first ball of the innings.

Following the breakthrough, Threlfall and Ayre were very watchful as both Parr and King bowled a probing line and length.

A change in attack eventually broke the partnership as Ayre looked to be more aggressive, but in doing so ballooned a ball into the air and was caught for 15.

The arrival of Green had an immediate impetus on the run rate as he was unusually attacking and found the boundary with ease.

Alnwick were in a strong position of 95-3 with 20 overs left, but similar to the Whickham innings a clutter of wickets fell to leave them 114-7.

McGregor (5-41) claimed the last wicket to leave Alnwick 30 runs short.

Alnwick played Benwell Hill in the Tyneside Charity Bowl semi-final last night, and face Cowgate at home in the league on Saturday.

Alnwick II (232-2) v Tynedale II (235-4)

Alnwick’s Michael Brewis hit 132 not out and Allen Thompson scored 61 – but they were still on the losing side.

Half-centuries from Neil Clark (86 not out) and Paul Scandle (51) helped Tynedale win by six wickets.

SCORECARD

Whickham I

M Armstrong c D Ayre b G Bateman 24

S Davidson c M Threlfall b J Roxburgh 4

M Parr b D Wright 76

L Haveron lbw b A Scott 30

M Davison b A Scott 0

T Ainley c J Guy b A Scott 16

L Anderson c&b A Scott 1

D Davison c R Woods b D Wright 2

L Ainley c D Ayre b D Wright 1

A McGregor not out 3

A King run out b G Bateman 0

Extras 5

Total 162

Bowling: G Bateman 9-1-34-1; J Roxburgh 7-2-26-1; A Scott 14.1-0-73-4; D Wright 13-2-27-3.

Alnwick I

D Graham c L Ainley b A King 0

D Ayre c T Ainley b A McGregor 15

M Threlfall s L Ainley b D Davison 37

R Green lbw b M Parr 46

J Guy b A McGregor 4

A Scott c L Ainley b M Parr 8

L Reeves b M Parr 2

R Woods b A McGregor 0

D Wright b A McGregor 6

G Bateman b A McGregor 0

J Roxburgh not out 4

Extras 10

Total 132

Bowling: A King 10-2-29-1; M Parr 15-6-20-3; D Davison 8-2-32-1; A McGregor 13.5-2-41-5.