Benwell & Walbottle (144-all out) v Alnwick (150-4)
Wellstream Northumberland & Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division A2
ALNWICK registered their second successive league victory in a comprehensive defeat of Benwell and Walbottle.
Jamie Guy produced a match-winning performance, taking four for 33 and an undefeated innings of 35 as the visitors won with 20 overs to spare.
Guy was also backed up by his bowling partners with wickets for Jonathon Roxburgh, Martin Grey and David Wright while skipper Steve O’Hara, although wicketless, returned the admirable figures of 0 for 17 off 12 overs.
Michael Brewis, Peter Matthewson and Rob Woods all scored 29, all hitting four fours in their respective innings before Guy took 24 balls for his 35.
Benwell won the toss and elected to bat, a decision that backfired on the hosts as Guy removed the first four wickets for 20 runs.
The first to go was Khazi trapped lbw followed by Green, clean bowled and then the prize wicket of home professional Raza well caught by Armin.
Opener Anderson, who had surveyed the damage, then fell caught by Jonny Roxburgh.
At this point, due to the age restriction rules, Guy, who had the excellent figures of four for six, had to be replaced.
Roxburgh captured the wicket of Brown and half of the home side were out for 49. Pandit and Smith added 36 before Smith fell to Martin Grey.
David Wright bowled Smith and Grey bowled Richardson.
Malcolm Brown, not renowned for his batting, joined Pandit and they staged a partial recovery before Armin stumped Brown for 30 off the bowling of Wright and this duo were also responsible for the dismissal of Rashid, leaving Pandit not out 52 out of the home side total of 144, a score that had looked very unlikely earlier.
Alnwick suffered an early set-back when Andrew Scott was bowled by Birrell. However, Brewis and Matthewson steadied the innings and together they produced a partnership of 57 before Smith bowled Brewis.
Woods and Matthewson continued to move the score along at a brisk pace before Mtthewson was caught.
Woods and Guy comfortably took the score to 124 when Woods was caught off the bowling of Rashid. Guy then took the bowling apart and victory was achieved with almost 20 overs to spare.
This was a very good performance by all of the Alnwick team which was much changed for a variety of reasons from the side that had on the previous week.
Hopefully they can continue to perform to the level they have recently.
Alnwick travel to Greenside on Saturday in confident mood.
Benwell and Walbottle
DJ Anderson c J Roxburgh b Guy 6
A Khazi lbw b Guy 0
AM Green b Guy 6
H Raza c Armin b Guy 0
G Brown b J Roxburgh 10
A Pandit not out 52
C Smith c O’Hara b Grey 8
L Birrell b Wright 0
A Richardson b Grey 9
M Brown s Armin b Wright 30
N Rashid s Armin b Wright 2
Bowling: S O’Hara 12-5-17-0; J Guy 12-5-33-4; J Roxburgh 7-1-32-1; M Grey 8-1-30-2; D Wright 11-3-23-3.
M Brewis b Smith 29
AW Scott b Birrell 0
P Matthewson c Raza b Smith 29
R Woods c Birrell b Rashid 29
J Guy not out 35
A Armin not out 7
Bowling: M Brown 6-2-20-0; L Birrell 6-0-45-1; C Smith 8-1-21-2; H Raza 4-0-22-0; N Rashid 5-0-23-1; AM Green 0.1-0-6-0.
Alnwick won by six wickets. Alnwick 20pts Benwell and Walbottle four.