Downpour beats best efforts

Cricket: alnwick v ryton'''Alnwick's Andrew Scott and Dave wright at the wicket on saturday
Cricket: alnwick v ryton'''Alnwick's Andrew Scott and Dave wright at the wicket on saturday

DIVISION A2

Alnwick (208-9) v Ryton (164-2) – match abandoned, rain

ALNWICK entertained league leaders Ryton on Saturday in what turned out to be the only game that started in the second division of the Northumberland & Tyneside Senior Cricket League.

But heavy rain forced a premature conclusion, which meant that the game ended in a draw.

However because of the efforts made by the groundstaff and the wish of the players and officials to continue, an enjoyable match took place with both sides being rewarded for their endeavour with league points being earned.

Ryton won the toss and decided to field, a decision that produced early reward when Brewis, Green and Matthewson were dismissed before the home side had reached 40.

Jamie Guy and Andrew Scott then produced a stand of 79 runs with both batsmen in sparkling form, Guy hitting a fine half-century while Scott was content to rotate the strike giving his more aggressive partner chances to increase the scoring rate.

After a short drinks break, Guy was out for 53, quickly followed by Woods.

Daniel Graham joined Scott and together they took the score to 122 when Scott was out for a patient 26. Graham was joined by Wright and together they added 66 in quick time with the younger Graham hitting 46 off 44 balls before he fell to Akhtar.

The more experienced Wright continued to take the play to the bowlers and eventually he fell run out off the last ball of the innings for 32 scored off 39 balls taking Alnwick beyond the 200 mark and closing on 208-9.

The second innings started with Ryton openers Bailey and Robinson making quick headway against Guy and O’Hara until the latter bowled Robinson for 16.

McClymont and Bailey then produced a stand of 115 with the bowlers toiling in the adverse weather conditions against the very good batting pair – Bailey being the more adventurous as McClymont profited from an early missed chance until Bailey was bowled by Guy who had returned for his second spell.

McClymont and Marshall made sure no other misfortune befell the visitors adding a further 15 before heavier rain forced the umpires to take the players from the field.

All in all, in what were not the best conditions, both teams produced a fine game of cricket.

The match was sponsored by the Coquetvale Brewery of Rothbury.

l The rain played havoc with the fixtures in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, including Alnwick twos’ Division B2 clash at Ryton seconds, which was called off.