Northumberland Cricket League
Adam Hall put in a man-of-the-match performance to inspire Warkworth firsts to an opening day of the season victory over Blyth 1st XI on Saturday.
The stand-out Castle Field performer hit 73 with the bat before taking 4-22 to help his side to a 59-run Premier Division triumph.
Club colleague Martin Clark was also on form with the ball, closing with 5-29.
Warkworth were put in to bat and after a shaky start, at 20-4, managed to recover, before being dismissed for 157.
Adam Hall was caught and bowled by Mark Lawrence, while openers Stephen Dargue (14), as well as Chris Glass (15) and Clark (17) helped the Warkworth tally – as did 31 runs in extras .
Blyth’s bowling figures were A Kemp 2-24, P Kinnair 3-28, S DeSilva 3-41, and Lawrence 2-11.
Warkworth were on fire with the ball and tore through Blyth, who were 18-8 at one stage.
An undefeated 55 from Craig Smith was the only highlight as Blyth departed for 98.
Warkworth’s Richie Carruthers (16-1) was the other wicket-taker.
Tillside firsts also made a winning start to the season, with a comprehensive 125-run victory over Kirkley firsts.
The Etal side batted first and half-centuries from Sam Culham (56) and Matthew Whitty (55), plus an unbeaten 37 from number 10 Matthew McCreath and 36 from number 11 John Weatherhead, helped the Etal side to a total of 237.
Robbie Burns was the dangerman for Kirkley, ending with figures of 4-36.
In reply, Kirkley were all out for 112. Daniel Potter top-scored with 35, but it was not enough. The Tillside hitmen were Liam Hindmarsh (2-32), John Weatherhead (2-27), Matthew Whitty (3-18), Cameron McGregor (3-29).
The curtain also came up on Division Three – incorporating teams from the recently-defunct Alnwick and District Cricket League, which folded after 124 years.
Alnmouth & Lesbury/Howick (217-6) beat Monkseaton 3rds (78) by 139 runs, while Kirkley twos (87 all out) defeated Tillside seconds (56 all out) by 31 runs.
Rock (73-1) beat Warkworth 2nd XI (69 all out) by nine wickets, while Wooler (28-0)beat Ulgham Village twos (24 all out) by 10 wickets.
There was also a four-wicket win for Warenford (186-6) against Embleton (185-9).