Cottages feel right at home as hosts’ batting collapses

Tillside (106) v Bates Cottages (110-6)

NORTHUMBERLAND CRICKET LEAGUE, PREMIER DIVISION

Tillside firsts went down to a four-wicket home defeat at the hands of Bates Cottages on Saturday.

Tillside, who started the game one place ahead of Cottages in the league in third, batted first and were all out for an under-par 106.

Only Gareth Hill, who scored 39 off the same number of balls, reached double figures.

The Tillside total would have struggled to make it to 100 had it not been for 34 in extras, contributing more than the other 10 batsmen combined.

Ross Symington was the most successful bowler, with figures of 4-31. Others to strike were Michael Telford (3-26) and Paul Baston (2-32).

Bates were steady if unspectacular in reply, their top-scorer being Baston with 22. But five other batsmen contributed with scores in the teens and they reached their target at 110-6.

Matthew Whitty took 4-30 with the ball, while Cameron McGregor and Peter Thomas took a wicket apiece.

Despite the defeat, the home side retained third spot with three to play, but their points margin was cut by the visitors.

Bedlington (303-4 dec) v Warkworth (175-8)

There was no better luck for Premier Division rivals Warkworth who lost by 128 runs at Bedlington, who posted a huge total.

Batting first, the hosts made it to 303-4 before they declared after 45.2 overs.

Both openers posted scores in the 60s; Chris Younger made 66 off 69 balls before he was trapped lbw by William Pringle, while Ian Anderson hit 65 off 60 balls, including 12 fours, before he was caught off the bowling of Richie Carruthers by Stephen Dargue.

Top-scorer was Daniel Younger with 93 off 83 balls and Darren Leason finished on 47 not out when Peter Finch was stumped by Dargue for 12.

Pringle, Carruthers, Mark Spoors and Brian Doyle took a wicket apiece as seven Warkworth bowlers tried their hand with little luck.

In reply, Warkworth never really got close, running out of overs before wickets as they ended on 175-8 off 55 overs.

Pringle scored 30 and Adam Hall made 31, but there were too many single-figure scores scattered among the scoresheet, which saw extras the top-scorer with 34.

The wickets were spread among the six Bedlington bowlers with Sam Taylor (2-25 off eight overs) returning the best figures.