Champions Warkworth continue where they left off

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WARKWORTH maintained their 100 per cent record in the Northumberland Cricket League Premier Division with a comprehensive victory over Bates Cottages on Saturday.

But there was defeat for Tillside while Alnmouth & Lesbury’s clash with Bedlington was recorded as a draw – in what have been described as bizarre circumstances – in the league’s top tier.

A knock of 81 from 78 balls by Dan Younger and a five-wicket haul from Adam Hall helped steer defending champions Warkworth to three Premier Division wins from their opening three matches.

Batting first, Warkworth scored 220-9 off their 50 overs, with Dan Younger – who hit 14 fours and a six during his time at the crease – Stephen Dargue (39) and Chris Younger (29) contributing, while Bates Cottages gave away 46 extras – including 38 wides.

The Castle Field side did suffer from a batting collapse though, which saw them go from 197-4 to 217-9, before reaching their closing total.

Michael Telford and Richard Kilner picked up three wickets each and Ross Symington and David Cragg took one victim each for Bates Cottages, while Warkworth’s Adam Purvis was run out.

But Warkworth hit back, dismissing the hosts for 111. Hall finished with 5-28 while Chris Younger (3-40), Martin Clark (1-35) and Doug Potts (1-4) also struck to help Warkworth record an emphatic victory.

Symington top scored for Cottages with 30.

Things were far closer in the Premier Division clash between Berwick and Tillside.

Winning the toss, Berwick batted first, but despite Martin Golightly hitting 47, they were all out for 91, with Cameron McGregor (4-21), Alan Hindmarsh (3-18), Matthew McCreath (2-17) and Gareth Hill (1-16) taking the wickets for Tillside.

But in what proved to be a day for the bowlers, Berwick hit back with the ball and extinguished the Tillside run-chase, dismissing them for 70.

The Berwick bowlers went to work with Sean Wales (3-30), John Simmons (3-12), Martyn Elliott (2-17) and Steven Emery (2-1) getting in on the action. Hill top scored for Tillside with 17.

Alnmouth & Lesbury chairman Andrew Hodgson said there was still confusion as to why their match with Bedlington was brought to a premature end.

Bedlington had finished on 243-8, with Robin Tudor the pick of the Alnmouth bowlers, ending with figures of 3-36.

In reply, Ian Pearson was 53 not out and Alnmouth were 127-2 when the game was called to a halt.

Mr Hodgson told the Gazette that the umpires had asked Bedlington to keep their slower bowlers on as they must have thought it was getting too dark but Bedlington refused to do this so the umpires called time on the game.

He said: “We are still quite confused as to why the game ended and we are bemused as to why it finished the way it did.”

In Division One, Ashington Rugby beat Stobswood Welfare by eight wickets.

Welfare were 143 all out, with Stefan Townsley, who was run out on 51, top scoring.

Lewis Tanney and David Wanless (Senior) took three wickets each for Ashington before an unbeaten third-wicket partnership of 127 between Chris Harwood (76 not out) and Paul Milburn (47 not out) saw them over the finishing line with Ashington 144-2.

Richard Watson picked up the two wickets for Welfare.

The clash between Ulgham Village and Whitley Bay was drawn as it was timed out.

Whitley Bay were 138 all out with Roy Haygarth the leading Ulgham wicket-taker with 5-31, while David Charlton (2-22), Darrell Campbell (1-30) and Chris Herne (1-45) also struck.

In reply, Ulgham were 96-5 off 33 overs, with Chase Evans scoring 31 and Craig Turnbull unbeaten on 26.

Ulgham’s second team fell to defeat against Monkseaton thirds in Division B2.

Peter Wilson hit an unbeaten 93 as Ulgham finished on 171-6 but Monkseaton took the honours with a reply of 172-6 – to win by four wickets – aided by opening batsmen Nigel Green (66) and Mark Graham (57).

Chris Cowe (3-50) and Peter Donkin (3-23) took the wickets for Ulgham.