Derby day washout

WET weather played havoc with matches in the Northumberland Cricket League on Saturday as the heavy rain left the fixture list in tatters.

Games throughout the league were beaten by the conditions, with many cancelled or abandoned.

The eagerly-awaited Premier Division north Northumberland derby clash between Warkworth and Alnmouth and Lesbury was one of those to fall victim, with the clash given the red light without a ball being bowled.

It was the same outcome for Bomarsund’s game with Blue Flames.

Tillside fared slightly better – their match at home to Bates Cottages at least saw some action – but was abandoned after 10 overs with the visitors 44-4. Matthew McCreath had struck three times in five overs for Tillside.

Clara Vale were 146-8 against Blagdon Park before the contest was brought to a premature end.

There were results in the Premier Division’s other two fixtures though.

League leaders Bedlington (124-3) beat Stocksfield (121-8) by seven wickets while Berwick (129-3) recorded a seven-wicket win over Corbridge (127-9), with Berwick’s Martin Golightly hitting an unbeaten 59.

Matches in Division One were also hit by the weather.

Ulgham Village were 44-0, with Mark Plummer 30 not out, against Ashington Rugby before the contest was brought to an early end, while Kirkley’s clash with Blyth was abandoned after 3.2 overs of the second innings due to heavy rain.

Kirkley had earlier scored 191 all out while Blyth were 17-0 when the fixture was called off.

Monkseaton versus Whitley Bay also fell foul of the weather.

However, there was a vital win for Stobswood Welfare. The basement side who are fighting for their lives at the bottom of Division One recorded an emphatic 93-run win at Gateshead Ethnic Minorities (GEM).

An unbeaten 59 from Ian Watson and a knock of 68 from Stefan Townsley guided Welfare to a score of 220-9 from their allotted 50 overs.

And a devastating display of bowling from Richard Watson (6-30 from 13 overs) and P Patterson (4-3 from 3.1 overs) cut through the GEM batsmen as they were all out for 127.

Tabashir Alam (54) and Zohaib Shahid (26) were the only ones who managed to offer some resistance to Welfare’s bowlers.

While Welfare are still at the foot of the table, they managed to make up some vital ground in the battle against the drop.

All four matches in Division B2 were plagued by the weather.

Ulgham Village twos’ visit to Monkseaton thirds and New Hartley seconds versus Kirkley twos were cancelled, while Stobswood Welfare seconds’ home match with Hebburn was abandoned, with the hosts 16-0.

There was more play in Civil Service twos’ clash with Bates Cottages seconds, but that ultimately lost the battle against the rain.

Service had closed on 129-8 while Cottages were 80-2.