Low-scoring clashes lead to mixed fortunes for firsts

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Alnmouth & Lesbury I (110) v Lanchester (111-7)

Alnmouth and Lesbury visited Durham outfit Lanchester on Saturday in Division A1 of the Northumberland and Tyenside Senior League.

Having lost the toss, the hosts had no hesitation in asking them to bat on a damp wicket which had been affected by the heavy overnight rain.

From the first over, the bounce from the wicket was variable and run-scoring was difficult.

The early loss of Tom Vickers seemed to result in the middle-order bastmen batting very cautiously and as a result the scoreboard moved slowly.

It was only in the last three overs that the scoring rate edged above two runs an over, with Jonny Ridley playing his best innings of the season for a patient 45 not out.

Alnmouth were dismissed in the last over for 110 with Paul Straker the only other batsman reaching double figures.

When Lanchester batted the wicket had dried out, but there did remain something in it for the bowlers.

Wickets fell at regular intervals and When Lanchester lost their sixth wicket for 66,

Alnmouth were well placed in the game, but a match-winning partnership of 41 between Liam Dixon and Mark Small played Alnmouth out of the game and helped the home side to a seven-wicket victory.

Nick Denton was the pick of the Alnmouth bowlers with four wickets for 21 from 12 overs and the other wicket-takers were Ed Brunton, Robin Tudor and Paul Straker.

Alnmouth now have two successive home games against the two teams around them in the league, starting with the visit of Ryton on Saturday.

Alnwick I (116-2) v Morpeth I (113)

A polished bowling performance followed by disciplined batting saw Alnwick I to an eight-wicket home victory against Northumberland rivals in Division A2 on Saturday.

Morpeth won the toss and decided to bat, but came up against the bowling of Gareth Bateman and Jamie Guy, both of whom took two wickets for 24 runs.

Then star man David Wright joined the attack, taking five wickets for just 19 runs off nine overs.

For Morpeth, opener Adam Lawn scored 23, Rick Jones posted 30 and Cam Mackay 26, but all the other batsmen were out for single-figure scores.

In reply, the home side made relatively light work of getting themselves over the finish-line.

Chasing a target of just 113, openers Michael Brewis and Andrew Scott looked like they might do it all on their own, before Brewis was bowled by Mackay for 34.

Scott carried on batting through, ending on 60 not out, being joined by Robert Green, who was bowled for nine, and Jamie Guy ( five not out).

The victory, which took the hosts just 26 overs, was the north Northumbrians’ fifth victory of the season.

They now sit fourth in the table and travel to midtable Newcastle City on Saturday.