Luck shines down on Alnwick

Once again, it appears lady luck has smiled on Alnwick bowlers.

In the second last game of a weather interrupted season, they managed to gain promotion to Division One of the Northumberland Clegg Cup.

This year, they have struggled for most of the season in the top division and only managed to avoid relegation by winning their second last game against fellow strugglers Collingwood from North Tyneside.

In a tense game, they won by 11 points to three and by 83 shots to 69. That put them on 114 points, three ahead of Collingwood and six ahead of Gosforth Empire.

Way back in June, Gosforth were due to play league leaders Backworth but this game was declared null and void because no date could be found to re-arrange the match. As a result, Gosforth played one game fewer than the two teams who avoided relegation. Gosforth must be kicking themselves.

After their league status was confirmed, Alnwick travelled the next night to Backworth, the run-away champions, and suffered their heaviest defeat of the season, being beaten 14 points to nil and by 93 shots to 40.

But it made no difference and so after another rain-blighted year, Alnwick will start next season in both A Division of the Clegg and Nines league, no smaller achievement for a club who have struggled in both all season.

Rothbury maintained their position in the Division Two of the Clegg.