Champagne season

The Northumberland Premier League champions for 2012 - Alnmouth & Lesbury CC.
The Northumberland Premier League champions for 2012 - Alnmouth & Lesbury CC.

The bubbly was flowing at Stocksfield on Saturday as Alnmouth and Lesbury clinched the title with two games to spare.

The four-wicket win was the north Northumrian’s 15th victory of the Northumberland Cricket League, Premier Division season and leaves them 88 points clear of Blagdon.

It’s the second time in recent years that Alnmouth have won the league, with the last title coming in 2008.

Batting first, the home side were bowled out for 172 with Paul Straker (3-25) and Robin Tudor (3-19) the top wicket-takers, while Andy McDonnell, Ben Oliver, Peter Robinson and Ian Clough also struck.

Only Richard Mannion for Stocksfield offered any great resistance with a well-played 65.

Alnmouth made a steady start to their innings and their early-order batsmen all got in, but were unable to push on.

It was left to Jonny Denton (28no) and Robin Tudor (12no) to see the side home with four wickets in hand and enable the celebrations to begin.

The club have now decided to seek promotion to the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League for next season.

But with two games to go, the immediate target is to get another 33 points to sign off with a league points record.

Meanwhile the Alnmouth and Lesbury seconds ended their season in the Johnnie Johnson Alnwick and District League with a crushing 211-run victory over Howick.

The thumping was set up by an unbeaten second-wicket partnership of 277 between 17-year-old Callum Batey, who hit 146no, and Roger Heal, who hit 125no, which saw them close on a massive 312-1.

Despite a promising start, Howick lost wickets steadily and were bowled out for 101.

The Alnmouth bowling attack was almost as impressive as the batsmen with Ali Batey taking 4 for 3, Richard Neil 4 for 29 and Edward Brunton 2 for 49.

The win enabled Alnmouth to finish a creditable third place in the league but, like the first team, they also intend to play in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League next season.

And the junior sides added to the club’s champagne season, with both the U15s and U13s being crowned county champions in the Northumberland Junior Leagues.

There were also victories for the sides in the North Northumberland U11 and U13 leagues as well as the North Northumberland U15, U13 and U11 festivals and the Morpeth U9 festival.

Their season was rounded off last Friday with the presentation evening, which saw awards presented to the players of the season: Ali Batey (U15), Archie Elder (U13), Matisse Richards (U11) and Thorsten Robinson (U9).

Other award-winners for their excellent performances were Edward Brunton and Alex Robson (U15), Olly Tulip and Cameron Batey (U13), Will Stewart, Joe Harmieson, Henry Robson and Kitty Lindley (U11) and Ewan Thorpe, Arthur Sutherland, Matty Wilkinson and Ben Renton (U9). The winner of the Wallace Robson trophy was 13-year-old George Lindley.