In the hunt for Twenty20 glory

Teams in the Alnwick and District Cricket League turned their attention to Twenty20 action on Saturday.

In what was the opening weekend of competition, Mitford Marauders and Wooler Wizards went to the top of Group One.

Meanwhile, there were wins for Rock Raptors and Embleton in Group Two.

Mitford Marauders beat Warkworth Hotspurs by 18 runs.

The Marauders closed on a dominant 177-1, thanks to undefeated knocks of 72 by Colin Crowe and 41 by Jonny Lees. Andrew O’Neill hit a useful 34.

Jamie Pringle (1-34) was the sole Warkworth wicket-taker.

Warkworth put in a good effort in the run chase, but it just wasn’t enough.

Chris Glass hit 47, but his side finished just short on 159-5.

O’Neill (1-38), David Wigham (2-19) and Crowe (1-32) struck for Mitford, while Warkworth lost a further wicket to a run-out.

Wooler Wizards secured the points without having to take to the field, as opponents Warenford Warriors conceded.

Embleton beat Tillside Tomahawks by 11 runs.

A knock of 54 from Gary Davison and 47 from Richard Alsept set the tone for the victors, as Embleton posted 142-7.

Lee Dodd (2-17), Craig Robertson (1-37) and Duncan Sim (2-20) all chipped in with wickets. Jamie Pick claimed two run-outs.

Pick put in a decent shift with the bat, scoring 36 while teammate Kieran Bullen was undefeated on 28.

But it was not enough, as the Tomahawks fell just short, dismissed for 131.

Adam Pringle (2-38), Philip Grey (2-23) and Alsept (2-26) struck with the ball.

Tillside lost four wickets to run-outs.

Rock Raptors beat Alnmouth & Lesbury Beach Boys by 43 runs.

The Raptors were put into bat and posted 102-9. Opener Roderick Bell led the way with 42.

It was a good job, as the Raptors collapsed, and Thomas Parkinson (15) was the only other batsman to reach double figures, although Connor McDougall and Chris Johnson were unbeaten on one and nine respectively.

Cameron Batey (2-18), Anthony Elliott (1-22), Paul Roberts (2-19), Joe Tudor (2-4) and Darren Gray (2-2) were the Beach Boys wicket-takers.

But they were unable to take advantage of the Raptors’ relatively low total and were dismissed for just 59.

Anthony Elliott was the only Beach Boys man to reach double figures with a knock of 24.

Kevin Wilson (2-10), Andrew Gray (1-21), Parkinson (3-5) and Chris Johnson (3-11) got among the wickets, while the Beach Boys also lost a victim to a run-out.

The T20 continues on Saturday.