Four-wicket win for Tillside in rain-hit match against Kirkley

Wooler Cricket Club host Howick Alnmouth and Lesbury at Brewery Road. 'Wooler batting
Wooler Cricket Club host Howick Alnmouth and Lesbury at Brewery Road. 'Wooler batting

Tillside 1sts recorded a four wicket win over Kirkley when the teams met in the Northumberland Premier League at the weekend.

Due to the weather, the match was restricted to 40 overs per side.

Wooler Cricket Club host Howick Alnmouth and Lesbury at Brewery Road.'Nicholas Robertson bowling for Howick Alnmouth & Lesbury.

Wooler Cricket Club host Howick Alnmouth and Lesbury at Brewery Road.'Nicholas Robertson bowling for Howick Alnmouth & Lesbury.

Kirkley batted first and they put in 159, being bowled out in the 39th over.

Opener Chris Smith top-scored with a knock of 39 off 81 balls, which included eight boundaries.

Cameron McGregor, with figures of 5-24 off six overs, was the pick of the Tillside bowlers.

In reply Iain Sim hit 39 and Gareth Hill 37 not out as the Etal side posted 162-6, passing their target in the 30th over.

Joe Turnbull took 2-41 off seven overs.

Division 2 leaders Warenford found themselves without a game when their fixture away to Blyth was also called off due to the weather.

In Division 3 Tillside 2nds also beat Kirkley when they recorded an 88-run victory.

In a match cut to 30 overs per side due to the conditions, Tillside batted first and put on a decent score of 163-3 with Law Atkinson hitting ten fours on his way to a top score of 67.

Dave Reay hit 32 not out and opener Keith Bickerton 29.

In reply Kirkley were all out for 75 with opener Andrew North their top scorer on 19.

Craig Robertson claimed 4-17 and Calum Bickerton 3-25 as the Etal side recorded a comfortable win.

Also in Division 3, Wooler lost by six wickets when they entertained Alnmouth, Lesbury and Howick at the Brewery Field.

Robert Matthewson hit 36 and Andy Gallivan 23 as the Glendale side batted first and made 109, being all out after 27 overs.

In replay, Richard Elliott hit an unbeaten 45 as Alnmouth passed their target at 110-4 in 27 overs.

Also in Division 3, Rock went down to a narrow eight run defeat at the hands of Ulgham.

Ulgham batted first, and despite the loss of early wickets, a fine 86 from Craig Turnbull helped steadv the innings and this helped his side to a score of 158 all out.

Kevin Wilson was the pick of the Rock bowlers with figures of 4-21, whilst Thomas Parkinson claimed 3-14.

Rock made a steady start with Ben McDougall (28), Oliver Page (27) and Andrew Grey (21) all making an impression on the Ulgham bowling.

But they gradually started to run out of wickets, eventually just falling short at 150 in the 37th over. Jeff Thomson was the main wicket-taker for Ulgham, finishing with 4-24.

A number of other games involving Warkworth and Embleton were all cancelled due to the wet weather.

Alnmouth & Lesbury Under 19’s got off to a winning start in the county T20 competition with a convincing nine wicket win against neighbours Alnwick.

Alnwick were put into bat and were kept in check by tight bowling and the loss of regular wickets. Some good late order hitting by Nick Goulden (16), Joe Straker (12no) and Mark Humphries (11no) enabled them to post 108-8. Max Harrison was the pick of the Alnwick batsmen with 26 and Cameron Batey 3-15 and Lukas Robinson 2-17 the pick of the Alnmouth bowlers.

Alnmouth openers Ed Brunton and Rob Burnett batted carefully and put on 40 for the first wicket before Brunton was dismissed for 22. Captain Jonny Ridley then showed his experience as he hit an unbeaten 52 in 25 balls to see his team to victory.