Fifty shades of victory

Alnmouth II (165-2) beat Swalwell II (164-6) by eight wickets

Half-centuries by Peter Robinson and Brian Brooks helped Alnmouth beat hosts Swalwell in Division B1 of the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League.

The Seasiders bowled first and called upon the experience of Peter Robinson and the left-arm quickie Alex Robson who gave nothing away.

No wickets were taken, but Swalwell only had 24 on the board, so with Robson replaced, young spinner Lucas Robinson was brought into the attack. This eventually forced a superb piece of fielding from Simon Poole to run out the opener. This was quickly followed by a fine piece of leg-side wicket-keeping as Elder took a great catch.

Robinson bowled well and pressure was kept on. He should have taken his second wicket when a quickly-turning ball was lobbed to Darren Gray, but he could not hold on.

Meanwhile, Brooks bowled some great balls and ended with figures of 2-20.

Joe Tudor was given the troubled last overs and performed superbly, collecting a wicket and will get more action later in the season. Robson also added to a fine opening spell to finish with a deserved wicket.

Peter Robinson opened the batting, mentally scarred from the previous week’s no runs, The skipper asked his 15-year-old son to go and open with him to keep his spirits up.

After a few nervous shots, the old stager got off to his customary role, scoring runs and with the concentration of a chess player he took to the task with his son Lucas.

Unfortunately young Robinson got a beauty and with his father exercising the fielders with some great shots, he decided to see if the slips were alert, in fact they were and he departed to the pavilion to play cards with the lads.

Enter Brooks, a man for all occasions and an excellent all-rounder.

Both Robinson and Brooks cruised through the overs, batting with maturity and grace.

In fact, it was getting all too much for Robinson, with the heat and the bowling spell he had given, his legs were faltering, exhaustion and knowing the batting below, he succumbed to finally getting caught out for 58.

Next in, promoting himself unselfishly up the order in front of the younger players was vice-captain Neil. He was the man for the job.

Focused and ready to contribute, he knocked the ball around, then eventually got into his own game, launching the ball to the boundary.

Along with fellow Feltoner Brooks, they carried the side home to continue the unbeaten league run. Brooks was 56 not out, while Neil was unbeaten on 10.

The victory sees Alnmouth second in the division, two points behind Ashington.