Fine wins at the top of the table

The wet weather was the real winner on Saturday as it decimated the cricket fixtures – although Tillside and Warenford survived the deluge to secure crucial victories.

Tillside firsts beat Berwick firsts by 113 runs to move level on points with Stocksfield at the top of the Northumberland Cricket League Premier Division.

Batting first, Tillside posted 208 all out, with Liam Hindmarsh top-scoring with 54. He was stumped by Jack Osborne off the bowling of Nalinda Premchandra.

Tillside made light work of Berwick with the ball, dismissing them for just 95.

Matthew Whitty did the most damage, finishing with figures of 4-10 off 13 overs.

Opening batsman Premchandra hit 29, but fell LBW to Whitty.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Warkworth I’s clash with Stocksfield Is was abandoned. Stocksfield were 97-0 when the game was stopped.

In Division Three, leaders Warenford I’s smashed Ulgham Village seconds by 10 wickets.

Graham Rogerson took 6-15 off 15 overs to dismantle Ulgham, as they fell for the lowly total of 59.

In reply, openers Brian Thompson (31 not out) and Daniel Patterson (27 not out) saw Warenford over the line.

Rain hit other Division Three fixtures, including Bates Cottages II (93-1) v Wooler I (133-6) and Rock I (154 all out) v Alnmouth & Lesbury/Howick (78-1).

Tillside II’s trip to Hebburn seconds and Warkworth IIs versus Embleton firsts were both cancelled.

The wet weather tore through the fixtures in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League.

In Division A1, Alnmouth & Lesbury I’s game with Annfield Plain was rain-hit and went down as a draw.

Having won the toss, Nick Denton asked visiting Plain to bat.

The Alnmouth opening bowlers had little success in the early overs despite the edge being found on numerous occasions.

With the score on 48 it was Denton who made the breakthrough when he had Lewis Donnelly caught behind by Tom Vickers for 19.

He then followed up by bowling both Michael Allen (10) and the prize wicket of ex Durham professional Neil Killeen (21) to finish a great unbroken spell of 12 overs, 3-25.

Alnmouth’s fielding was tight and pressure was kept on the batsmen and wickets fell at regular intervals.

Paul Straker bowled an effective spell of spin bowling taking 3-15, Robin Tudor and Ed Brunton (two) picked up wickets and Jonathan Killeen was run out by a smart piece of fielding by Ali Batey.

Annfield Plain were dismissed in the 46th over for just 145 (the last six wickets falling for 31 runs).

Alnmouth started their innings in the gathering gloom and had made a solid start making 32 without loss (Vickers 15no and Straker 10no) off 7.4 overs when the rain game came and ended the game.

This was a good Alnmouth performance in which they gained 10 points which was more than the other teams around them in the league, on a rain affected weekend.

There was no play between Benwell and Walbnottle firsts and Alnwick firsts in Division A2.