Warkworth I (114-9) v Ashington RCC (116-8)
Northumberland Cricket League, Premier Division
A dazzling bowling display by Ashington’s Cory Milburn caused Warkworth no end of problems in Saturday’s clash and despite a good effort with the ball, the away side slipped to a two-wicket defeat.
The home side won the toss and decided to bowl in a reduced 45-over match.
And so Milburn got to work and the Warkworth batsmen struggled as he took the wickets of all but one of the first eight batsmen.
At one point the visitors were languishing at 22-6, but a 42 not out from Adam Hall – the only top or middle-order man to thwart Milburn – helped the Castle Field side to a more respectable 114-9.
Milburn finished with figures of 7-33 off 12 overs, which included four maidens, while Lewis and Matthew Tanney took a wicket apiece.
In reply, Ashington’s batsmen also struggled to begin with as Hall and Martin Clark took wickets to leave the home side 30-4.
But Milburn came back to haunt Warkworth by top-scoring with 38 and he was well-supported by Lewis Tanney who scored 26 before he was run out by Hall.
The hosts made it across the line with two wickets and more than six overs in hand.
Hall, like Milburn for the opposition, was the star man with bat and ball, taking 3-18 alongside his 42 with the bat.
Clark ended with figures of 2-30 off 12 overs, including four maidens, and William Pringle and George Puddephatt took the other wickets.
With two games remaining, Warkworth sit eighth in the table.
l Third-placed Tillside’s match with Blue Flames was cancelled.