Mitford in charge

JOHNNY JOHNSON HOUSING ALNWICK AND DISTRICT LEAGUE

IF it’s Saturday it is almost guaranteed to rain at some stage.

That has been the way of it for much of a pretty wretched season from a weather aspect.

And it was a familiar story last Saturday when rain resulted in the abandonment of all league fixtures.

However, on this occasion some play was possible in all matches before the predictable watery end.

It virtually put paid to Wooler and Warenford’s already slim title hopes and virtually ensured victory for leaders Mitford, who take a handsome 18-point advantage into their final game away to Warkworth.

Warenford, requiring a victory at the very least to stay in the title race, were 130-4 after 36.4 overs against Berwick Seconds when play was called off, Dan Patterson top-scoring with a half-century.

Last season’s champions have lost eight games to the weather through cancellations and abandonments, the second worst season in their history.

Mark Parrish (83) and Matty Ellinor (51no) took Mitford to 145-3 against visitors Wooler before the rain intervened.

Embleton were in pole position at 165-1 from 36 overs against Alnmouth and Lesbury Seconds following some strong batting by Paul Carss (91no) and Richard Alsept (61).

Howick were also among the runs, scoring 226-7 from their 45 overs, Ed Durie (67) and Andrew Jamieson (61) in good form.

In the day’s other fixture, Warkworth were 162 all out after 43.1 overs against visitors Tillside. Brian Doyle (57), Adam Jobson (37) and Chris Glass (32) were the main scorers.