Fixtures take a hammering

THE weather proved to be the winner on Saturday, with the majority of cricket fixtures in the Northumberland Cricket League washed out by the rain.

But in Division B2, Ulgham Village seconds surrendered top spot with a 19-run loss to title rivals Civil Service twos, who leap-frogged them to go top.

It was a washout in the Premier Division with all matches cancelled, including Warkworth’s match with Stocksfield, Tillside’s clash with Corbridge and Alnmouth & Lesbury’s trip to Clara Vale.

Things were similar in Division One, with Monkseaton v Ulgham Village and Kirkley v Stobswood both off.

However, Whitley Bay beat Ashington Rugby by eight wickets and Blyth beat Gateshead Ethnic Minorities by four wickets.

In Division B2, Ulgham Village II must have wished their match with Civil Service II was called off, as they lost both the game and their place at the summit.

Civil Service finished on 161-9, with Neil McGuinness top-scoring with 34. Mark Barrass (3-30), Michael Brown (3-27), David Loxham (1-19) and Jeff Thomson (1-32) all struck for Ulgham.

But despite Barrass (37) leading the way with the bat, Village were unable to reach Civil Service’s total and were all out for 142. Paul Woodley (4-26) did the bulk of the damage while R Fairless (2-32) and Kevin Doyle (1-29) also contributed.

The division’s other fixtures were affected by the rain though, with Monkseaton thirds against Hebburn twos, Stobswood Welfare seconds versus Kirkley seconds and New Hartley Village seconds against Bates Cottages twos all off.

BOTH of Alnwick’s matches were washed out in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, with the first’s Division A2 clash with Greenside and the seconds’ Division B2 contest with Greenside twos given the red light.