Forrest’s unbeaten knock helps Alnwick to first win

David Forrest on his way to 80 not out for Alnwick v Ryton, the club scoreboard providing the backdrop. Picture by Steve Miller.
David Forrest on his way to 80 not out for Alnwick v Ryton, the club scoreboard providing the backdrop. Picture by Steve Miller.

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Alnmouth & Lesbury I travelled to Percy Main for what looked likely to be a well-contested fixture with both teams having won three of their opening eight games of the season in Division A1.

David Forrest on his way to 80 not out for Alnwick v Ryton, the club scoreboard providing the backdrop. Picture by Steve Miller.

David Forrest on his way to 80 not out for Alnwick v Ryton, the club scoreboard providing the backdrop. Picture by Steve Miller.

Winning the toss, visiting skipper Nick Denton opted to field first, which appeared a good decision when Brunton made an early breakthrough as opening batsman Warwick was well caught by Tudor.

Stewart was joined at the crease by Reid and they took the total to 51 when first-change bowler Oliver struck, dismissing Stewart for 15.

This was the first of his four wickets as he demonstrated good variation, bowling unchanged for 12 overs. When he finished, Alnmouth appeared on top with Main struggling on 102-6.

Middle-order batsman Cramman held the rest of the innings together batting 25 overs for an undefeated 56, well supported by Stantistreet (20), resulting in 175-8.

In reply, Alnmouth got off to the worst possible start when Hughes was well caught behind by Smith from the bowling of Stewart for a duck.

Opening bowlers Stewart and Green were proving a real handful as the weather deteriorated and between them took five wickets.

Change bowlers Walker and Prested kept up the pressure as wickets continued to tumble and Alnmouth looked a beaten side when they were reduced to 104-8.

Throughout the carnage, however, Vickers was batting majestically. Eventually number 10 batsman Brooks joined Vickers and a partnership ensued.

Together they added 54 runs and suddenly a successful run chase looked likely, but with the total on 158, only 18 runs short of the target, Walker went up for an LBW appeal against Vickers, who had to trudge back to the Pavillion, out for an excellent 83.

This left Denton to accompany Brooks. Together they took the total to within four runs of the opposition before another successful LBW decision against Denton. Brooks remained 32 not out.

l In Division A2, Alnwick’s first team secured their first win of the season, beating Ryton by seven wickets at home.

The visitors batted first and were restricted to 180 all out with Andrew Scott taking four for 58 and Max Harrison three for 37.

In reply, the hosts chased down the total for the loss of just three wickets, in large part thanks to David Forrest’s unbeaten 80.