Getting by with a little help from an Australian

Alnwick v Ashington cricket'Micheal Threfall celebrates his century
Alnwick v Ashington cricket'Micheal Threfall celebrates his century

Alnwick I (203-3) v Ashington (201-7)

With the sun shining again Alnwick managed to play their second home league game of this atrocious summer and defeated Ashington by seven wickets due in no small measure to the performance of Michael Threlfall who scored a magnificent 124 not out to steer the home side to victory.

Alnwick v Ashington cricket'Jamie Guy steers the ball away

Alnwick v Ashington cricket'Jamie Guy steers the ball away

This followed his two wickets, one catch and a run out in what was good all-round day for the happy 18-year-old Australian.

Mention should be made of the help he was given by Duncan Ayre, 29, Jamie Guy, 17, and Andrew Scott 14no, who made sure there was to be no slip up after the loss of an early wicket.

Batting first, Ashington scored 201 for 7 with Gray and Prudhoe the main contributors and Threlfall, Scott, Guy and Ridley the wicket-takers.

Ashington won the toss and elected to bat first and Neil Wood and Gray added 22 for the first wicket before Wood was bowled by Threlfall.

Prudhoe joined Gray and this pair produced a stand of 114, making batting look easy, however, the bowlers stuck to their task and were rewarded when Prudhoe was bowled by Scott for 47.

Threlfall returned for his second spell and had Grant caught by Scott and then Gray was run out for 67 by the accurate throw by Ayre. Ashington were now 152 for 4 with over nine overs to go.

Three more wickets fell as the visitors attempted to increase the scoring rate with Sexton hitting 28 quick runs taking Ashington beyond 200.

After tea, Brewis and Ayre set off in pursuit of the challenging total and Brewis was the unfortunate first casualty being bowled by Storey for four.

Threlfall joined Ayre and together they put their stamp on the match with a stand of 72 before Ayre was stumped by an impressive piece of wicket-keeping by Grant for 29.

Threlfall continued serenely on his way with Guy assisting, until with the score on 150, Guy was caught for 17.

Andrew Scott then added his support to the impressive Aussie as he reached his century and together they saw Alnwick comfortably home.

While the plaudits rightly go to Michael Threlfall, whose 124 contained 17 fours and one six, he was backed up by a good team performance with Andrew Scott, 1 for 32, from 15 overs and the first wicket for Jonathan Ridley since his transfer from Alnmouth, backed up by some enthusiastic fielding ensured that the total required was always going to be achievable.

Mention should also be made of the work done by Gavin Turnbull and his ground staff to produce a very good wicket in such unenviable conditions over the past months.

SCORECARD

Ashington

N Wood b Threlfall 11

A Gray run out 67

S Prudhoe b Scott 47

D Grant c Scott b Threlfall 3

G Williams c Ayre b Guy 0

MJ Thewlis run out 4

M Sexton c Threlfall b Ridley 28

A Nichol not out 7

C Wood not out 2

Extras 32

Total 201

Bowling: J Guy 11-1-51-1; M Threlfall 14-4-40-2; J Ridley 8-1-39-1; AW Scott 15-4-32-1; M Brewis 2-0-16-0.

Alnwick

M Brewis b Storey 4

D Ayre c Grant b Williams 29

M Threlfall not out 124

J Guy c N Wood B Whitworth 17

AW Scott not out 14

Extras 15

Total 203

Bowling: C Wood 6-1-31-0; C Storey 14-2-48-1; G Williams 8-1-29-1; G Whitworth 15-5-46-1; A Nichol 3-0-21-0; A Gray 1.5-0-14-0