Ashington (155 all out) v Alnwick (66 all out)
Wellstream Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division A2
AFTER two weeks of unrelenting rain, Alnwick travelled to Ashington for their opening game of the season only to be trounced by 89 runs.
After being in a promising position due to some excellent bowling by Graham and Threlfall with the home side faltering on 14 for 3, Graham and Threlfall had to be replaced as U18s can only bowl seven overs before they must be replaced.
The lack of other attacking bowlers meant that Ashington were able to consolidate before launching an attack in the latter apart of the innings.
Ashington won the toss and chose to bat but were immediately in trouble.
Graham had Neil Woods caught by Green quickly followed by Gray, brilliantly caught one-handed by the diving Ayre at second slip and when Graham bowled Grant the home side were in disarray.
Kelly and teenager Sam Mavin replaced both openers and batting appeared to become easier with senior players Thewlis and Williams, who although batting cautiously, were able to punish any wayward deliveries.
The score moved to 52 before young Mavin had Thewlis caught for 39.
With the total on 66 Storey was run out by a quick return from Graham and without any addition Nichol was bowled by Kelly.
Sadler joined his captain and they produced a partnership of 36 before Sadler was run out by the alert Armin.
Rathore and Williams batted forcefully moving the score into three figures before Graham bowled Rathore and then trapped C Storey at 139 for 9.
Williams then swung the bat to good effect and when he was out the innings closed on 155.
Daniel Graham returned excellent figures of 6 for 50.
Alnwick opened with Brewis and Kelly but ran into trouble as Craig Wood captured the early wickets of Kelly and Ayre, and his attack partner Sadler removed Threlfall and Brewis leaving Alnwick at 23 for 4, thereafter Graham, Wright and Green got into double figures but were unable to put together any meaningful partnerships and the innings ended tamely on 66.
A disappointing result but hopefully the return of Jamie Guy, Andrew Scott and Jonathan Roxburgh will mean more convincing performances in the future.
Alnwick entertain Cowgate on Saturday at Weavers Way at 1.30pm.