Cameron joins his brothers to make it a Batey hat-trick

Brothers Ali, Callum and Cameron Batey all turned out for Alnmouth and Lesbury Cricket Club at the weekend. Picture by Steve Miller
Brothers Ali, Callum and Cameron Batey all turned out for Alnmouth and Lesbury Cricket Club at the weekend. Picture by Steve Miller

Backworth (107) v Alnmouth & Lesbury (108-2)

NORTHUMBERLAND & TYNESIDE SENIOR CRICKET LEAGUE

With a number of first-team players unavailable last Saturday, Alnmouth and Lesbury used the away game against Backworth to give 14-year-old Cameron Batey his first-team debut.

Cameron joined his brothers Callum (18) and Alistair (16) in the starting line-up.

On a fine but blustery afternoon, Tom Vickers won the toss and asked the home team to bat first.

An early wicket for Ben Oliver proved to be a setback for Backworth from which they struggled to recover.

Accurate bowling by Oliver and Nick Denton kept the run-rate down as wickets fell steadily.

Only Khan offered any real resistance with an aggressive knock for 33.

The introduction of Richard Neil into the attack resulted in him taking a wicket straightaway when Ansari was well caught by Ali Batey.

In his next over, Minto fell to a superb reaction catch by Cameron Batey, fielding at point.

Oliver returned to the attack and mopped up the Backworth tail, finishing with season-best figures of 6-38.

Once again, Denton proved the most economical bowler with his 15-over spell going for only 21 runs and Neil finished with 3-15 as Backworth were dismissed for 107.

Chasing the low score, Alnmouth openers Tom Vickers and Paul Straker showed early intent and were aggressive from the start. Vickers looked in good form and appeared to be looking for an early finish until he played an extravagant drive and was bowled for 17.

Callum Batey soon followed and it was left to Straker (53no) and Jonny Denton (28no) to see the visitors to victory by eight wickets with some 20 overs remaining.

Alnmouth claimed 20pts to consolidate their position in the top half of the table and now face Greenside at home on Saturday.