Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A2
Seaton Burn (125 all out) v AlnwickI (127-7)
A game that looked over and done with when Alnwick were 97 for 1 and strolling to a comfortable victory was quickly turned on its head as the home side lost a further six wickets for the addition of only six runs until a few lusty blows from Gareth Bateman got Alnwick home to a very edgy win.
The game was in the hands of the bowlers on a good cricket wicket that probably favoured them but the batsmen could score runs if they made the correct shot selection, as the score of Redpath and Lyall for Seaton Burn and Ayre and Threlfall for the home side showed.
Alnwick won the toss and Seaton Burn were invited to bat first, with Bateman claiming the first wicket with the third ball.
He followed this up at 15 removing both Kirkwood and Lyall and two runs later Roxburgh bowled Weldon.
Redpath and Wright then put together a stand of 43 with Redpath the more aggressive partner. The introduction of the spin duo of Scott and Wright slowed the scoring and Wright removed his namesake.
Lyall and Redpath took the total to 93 when Wright bowled Redpath for 45. Lyall at this stage was running out of partners as they struggled into three figures. He was eventually the last wicket as the visitors were all out for 125.
Nine of the 10 wickets that fell were bowled. Gareth Bateman, Andrew Scott and David Wright each captured three wicket and the impressive Jonathan Roxburgh the other.
If Alnwick had any idea that it would be a simple task, it was immediately dismissed as Brewis was out first ball with a simple caught and bowled.
Ayre was joined by Threlfall and together with a fine display of batting technique produced a stand of 97 before Ayre was bowled by the impressive Wright for 40.
Graham and Scott departed for the addition of one run and at 103 for 4 this quickly became 103 for 7 as Woods, Wright and unfortunately for Alnwick, Michael Threlfall all fell, leaving Alnwick tantalizingly 23 runs short of victory.
It was left to Gareth Bateman with four boundaries and solid defence by Jonathan Roxburgh to guide Alnwick home.
The Seaton Burn bowling of Jamie Wright (4 for 33) and Chris Weldon (3 for 40) performed admirably and probably think they deserved better for their efforts.
Alnwick won by seven wickets. Alnwick 20pts Seaton Burn five.
The match was sponsored by former Alnwick and Northumberland player Roy Jowsey and his wife Vera who are and have been staunch supporters of Alnwick cricket for many years.
While it was victory for Alnwick firsts, the club’s second team was defeated by the weather.
Their Division B2 clash with Seaton Burn seconds was off because of a waterlogged pitch.
This was a common theme throughout the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League on Saturday, with many matches losing out to the wet weather.
Cricketers will hope the sun is shining on Saturday, with Alnwick firsts at home to Backworth firsts while the second XI are away at Backworth twos.
Both matches are due to start at 1.30pm.
Brown c Threlfall b Bateman 2
J Wright b Wright 18
R Kirkwood b Bateman 0
R Kyle b Bateman 0
C Weldon b Roxburgh 1
C Redpath b Wright 45
C Lyall b Scott 44
D Carr b Wright 0
D Hope b Scott 1
C Maris b Scott 5
M Gilmour not out 0
Total (all out) 125
Bowling: GJ Bateman 9-2-26-3; J Roxburgh 7-1-32-1; AW Scott 13.3-2-44-3; D Wright 12-2-19-3.19
M Brewis c&b Weldon 0
D Ayre b Wright 40
M Threlfall c Maris b Weldon 42
D Graham c Lyall b Wright 0
A W Scott c Maris b Weldon 0
R Woods c Weldon b Wright 5
D Wright lbw b Wright 0
J Roxburgh not out 3
G J Bateman not out 16
Total (7wkts) 127
Bowling: C Weldon 13- 2-40-3; J Wright 15-6-33-4; R Kyle 6-0-25-0; C Maris 2-0-10-0