Alnmouth & Lesbury I (120) v Shotley Bridge (123-2)
Having secured their Division A1 status in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League last week, Alnmouth gave debuts to youngsters Rob Burnett and Cameron Batey for the trip to title contenders Shotley Bridge.
The hosts’ captain Peter Collingwood won the toss and elected to bat, with his brother Paul, the Durham and former England all-rounder, spectating.
Alnmouth found scoring difficult on a quick wicket that had some bounce. Openers Paul Straker and Tom Vickers were both dismissed by the time 33 was on the board.
A number of the following batsmen got themselves in, but were dismissed before they could really get going.
Ali Batey and Jonny Denton top-scored with 20 each with Callum Batey (15), Robin Tudor (13) and Tom Vickers (11) the only other batsmen to get into double figures, as Alnmouth were dismissed in the 44th over for 120.
The score was never going to be enough, particularly with the fast outfield.
When Shotley Bridge batted, 15-year-old Cameron Batey opened the bowling and struck in the first over when Lewis Hall was trapped lbw for two.
Paul Greenwood and Peter Brown then put on an exhibition of stroke play to add almost 100 in 15 overs before Brown was dismissed by Straker for 33.
Greenwood finished on 73 not out (which included 50 in boundaries) as Shotley won convincingly by eight wickets, inside 18 overs.
With just one game to go, the Seasiders are sitting relatively comfortably for their first season in Division A1 – fourth from bottom – with a home clash against midtable Lanchester to finish.
Alnwick I (40-1) v Greenside (39-9)
On a day when Alnwick’s bowlers ended up the heroes, the north Northumbrians romped to a nine-wicket home victory while barely breaking a sweat.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, which turned out to be the wrong decision, as they lasted less than 25 overs, scoring less than 40 in the process.
None of the away batsmen managed to make it past seven, which was also the extras total, as the Alnwick attack ripped through the Greenside batting line-up.
Jonathan Roxburgh took three wickets for 16 runs, supported by Gareth Bateman’s 1-3, before his figures were surpassed by Michael Kirkup, with three wickets for seven runs. David Wright chipped in with 2-6.
In reply, the hosts didn’t waste much time in earning the points as they took just under 10 overs to make it to 40.
However, it wasn’t flawless as Max Harrison was bowled for just four.
But the Greenside total was never going to be defensible as Michael Brewis (26) and Lawrence Reeves (10 not out) got Alnwick over the line.
Alnwick will finish the year in the middle of the pack with a trip to rivals Morpeth to look forward to this weekend.
Alnwick II (145-5) v Alnmouth & Lesbury II (146-3)
The derby honours went to the Seasiders as they won this battle of the second teams by seven wickets at home.
The visitors won the toss and decided to bat and, after losing opener Peter Matthewson for three, the next three batsmen pushed the score on.
Robert Green (40), G Shiel (39) and Harry Lobb (38) set the foundations, but no one could build on them and Alnwick posted a below-par 145-5 off their 45 overs.
The wickets were spread around the Alnmouth attack with Peter Robinson (2-17) the pick of the bunch.
In reply, the home side managed to score much more quickly and chased down the target inside 27 overs for the loss of three wickets.
The main man was Chris Hinchliffe who scored 66, supported by 20s from Robinson, Ian Pearson and extras. Andrew Wright, Green and Tom Woodburn took a wicket apiece.
It means Alnmouth remain top and Alnwick bottom with one game to go.