Alnwick (231-6) v Whickham (230-5)
Wellstream Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division A2
WITHOUT a win after the first five league matches, it came as a welcome relief when Alnwick registered their second win in the space of four days following the earlier cup success (report below).
They were indebted to Michael Brewis who produced a fine century setting the foundations for victory.
He was helped by Jamie Stanley, who had to have the assistance of a runner after injury.
After Brewis departed, it was left to the now reliable Scott and Graham to move to within sight of victory, which O’Hara and Wright managed with two overs to spare.
Earlier, the bowlers had been subjected to some big hitting by South African Matt Parr and opener Armstrong but the bowlers, David Wright in particular, stuck to the task and, after the dismissal of Parr and Armstrong, the final six overs only produced 30 runs.
Whickham batted first and got a good start with Armstrong and, after losing Thompson, with the aid of Parr, took the score to 161 before Armstrong was well caught by Guy for 67.
With the introduction of Wright into the attack and O’Hara reverting to spin, the brakes were put on the Whickham batting and when Parr eventually was lbw to Wright for 90, the visitors could only total 230 after what appeared to be heading for very high score was restricted.
Brewis and Stanley began the reply for Alnwick and, for the first time this season, they did not lose an early wicket as both batsmen punished anything off line and apart from the early injury to Stanley, which required young Jonathan Roxburgh to be his runner, they moved effortlessly to and beyond a century opening partnership before Stanley was out for 52 containing eight fours.
The return of Parr to the attack had immediate success as he bowled Green. Scott and Brewis took the total to 190 and, with victory in touching distance, Brewis was caught for 116, scored off 136 balls, including 16 fours, in an excellent innings. Parr then bowled Guy but Scott and Graham took the score to 226 when both departed but the experienced O’Hara and Wright eased any nerves as they comfortably got the runs required.
A much-improved week when the often-maligned batting came good with two scores in excess of 200 in the league games and 170 off 20 overs in midweek being the basis of good winning performances.
The match was sponsored by Roy and Vera Jowsey. Roy, a former Alnwick and Northumberland player, and his wife have been much-appreciated supporters of Alnwick for many years.
M Armstrong c Guy b O’Hara 67
N Thompson c Scott b Guy 13
M Parr lbw b Wright 0
A Ainley c&b Wright 15
C Davidson not out 17
D Scott b Wright 0
M Rodger not out 6
Bowling: J Guy 12-2-56-1; D Graham 4-0-13-0; S O’Hara 15-2-71-1; J Roxburgh 8-1-41-0; D Wright 11-2-53-3.
M Brewis c Davison b Rodger 116
J Stanley c Armstrong b Davison 52
R Green b Parr 2
AW Scott c Davison b Gibson 29
J Guy b Parr 3
D Graham s Ainley b Davison 14
S O’Hara not out 0
D Wright not out 1
Bowling: M Rodger 12-0-47-1; M Parr 15-0-55-2; A Gibson 10-0-46-1; D Davison 6-0-39-2; A King 5-0-32-0.
Alnwick won by four wickets. Alnwick 17pts Whickham eight.