Mixed bag for local sides

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Northumberland Cricket League

Premier Division

It was a bad day at the office for both north Northumberland sides as Tillside and Warkworth firsts falling to away defeats.

Tillside travelled to Corbridge and were put into bat by the hosts.

Opener Sam Culham scored 20, but that was the highlight as no one else made it to double figures, meaning the visitors were all out for 53 within 21 overs.

In reply, Liam Hindmarsh took a couple of early wickets, before Matthew Whitty took a third, but it was not much of a total to protect and Corbridge made it across the line with seven wickets in hand.

Meanwhile, at Kirkley, Warkworth won the toss and opted to bowl first, leaving the home side to post a very competitive total of 191-8.

There were a number of players out for single-figure scores, but also useful knocks from Will Asher (40), Jordan Middlemist (33), Andrew Storey (29) and Jason Ritchie (48 not out.

In reply, the visitors started well with openers Stephen Dargue (25) and Keith Puddephatt (48) putting on 85 for the first-wicket partnership.

However, wickets fell pretty quickly after that and knocks of 26 and 22 from Chris Glass and Adam Hall respectively were not enough as Warkworth finished on 157-9.

Division Three

Wooler continued their good start to their debut season in the Northumberland League.

Monkseaton were asked to bat first, managing to accumulate only 42 runs with none of their batsmen reaching double figures.

Opening bowlers Michael McLean (4-11) and Andrew Aitchison (4-18) dominated the batsmen with lively pace and bounce.

With the threat of further rain in mind, Wooler’s openers started briskly but watchfully and hit 43-0, with Les Porteous 21 not out and Ian Clarke 18 not out.

Elsewhere, Embleton beat Howick by five wickets and Tillside II won by 15 runs over Warenford. There was no play in the other fixtures.