Defeats for the Northumbrians

Northumberland Cricket League, Premier Division

Warkworth remain rooted to the bottom of the table after losing at Berwick by 112 runs.

The visitors lost the toss and elected to bowl, but couldn’t make any real in-roads into the hosts’ batting line-up.

Four Berwick batsmen scored in the 30s and 40s in a total of 240-8 from the allotted 50 overs.

The wickets were shared among the Warkworth bowlers and included 3-64 from Adam Hall, 2-41 from Martin Clark and 2-41 from William Pringle.

In reply, the visiting openers made a decent start, making it to 63-0, but when Alistair (28) and Scott Gibson (27) fell in quick succession, the wickets continued to tumble.

Sean Wales took five wickets for just 21 runs as Warkworth only managed to score 128-9 in their 50 overs.

Tillside are in a far healthier position in the table – second – but still fell to a 53-run defeat on Saturday at Clara Vale.

The visitors won the toss and put the hosts into bat, although may have later regretted this decision as Vale’s first four batsmen all scored well, including a 63 from Naveed Iqbal.

Coupled with a useful 27 not out down the order from Hussain Mirza, the home side posted a competitive total of 199 all out from 36 overs.

Gareth Hill was pick of the Tillside bowlers with five wickets for 44 off his eight overs.

In reply, the north Northumberland side lost both openers cheaply before Sam Culham (29) and Cameron Beasley (33) steadied the ship.

Sadly, there was little support down the order and Tillside were bowled out for 146 in the 40th over.

Vale’s Mirza added 5-56 with the ball to his 27 not out with the bat.

Division Three

A brace of half-centuries from Howick/Alnmouth & Lesbury batsmen helped them to an 11-run win at home against Kirkley twos.

Archie Elder (51) and Richard Elliot (51) were the main men with support from Anthony Elliot (31 not out) in a total of 195-6.

The Howick bowlers then did their share, bowling out the visitors for just 84.

The most woeful batting display of the day came from Bates Cottage, who were bowled out for just 17 in reply to Embleton’s 233-9.

Warkworth IIs took the points as Hebburn conceded, while Rock beat Wooler.

l A Warkworth Cricket Club XI is set to take on an Amble & Percy All Stars side for the Tommy Byers and George Parks Memorial Trophy later this month.

The charity match, for Wansbeck Hospital Palliative Care Unit, takes place on Sunday, August 24, at Warkworth Cricket Club, starting at 2pm.

The event is hosted by Warkworth Cricket Club Beer Festival and man-of-the-match is sponsored by The Old Storehouse, Amble.