Bateman the last-hit hero for Alnwick in derby

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In a tense local derby at Weavers Way on Saturday, Alnwick prevailed off the last ball of the match to continue their good start to the season.

Inviting the visitors to bat first Alnwick made early inroads dismissing the dangerous openers Hughes and Russell to leave Alnmouth at 30-3.

The experience of Tom Vickers then came to the fore as he made an excellent unbeaten 76 and with Brooks chipping in with a useful 41 Alnmouth posted a competitive total of 159-9 in their 50 overs. Pick of the Alnwick bowlers was Will Smith with 4-38 along with Ben Threlfall 3-31.

Alnwick made a solid start with their reply. Michael Brewis with another half century along with Threlfall’s 36 got the home side into an excellent position after 20 overs.

Alnmouth began the fightback and Ben Oliver’s 6-23 prompted a mini collapse in Alnwick’s middle order, leaving the home side 95-6.

The tailm howeverm dug in and Gareth Bateman and Jonathan Roxburgh took the game to the final over with Alnwick needing eight to win.

With one ball left the scores were tied and it was left to Bateman to grab the glory with a four off the final ball and secure the win in a breathtaking finish.

An excellent game between two well matched sides.

Alnwick 2nds lost by three wickets when they travelled to Benwell and wallbottle.

Alnwick were all out for only 67 with Tom Woodburn on 18 and Bradley Spiers on 17, with Phil hall taking 5-20 for the home side.

In reply Benwell hit 69-6 in less than 25 overs with Elliot Horbury the top scorer on 16.

Alnmouth 2nds lost by seven runs at home to Lanchester.

Chris Tully hit 58 as Lanchesterput on a decent 208-6.

Alnmouth saw Simon Poole hit 65 in reply, but they were all out for 201 in the 44th over.