Backworth v Alnwick
Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League, Division A2
Alnwick firsts travelled to Backworth in search of yet another win to keep them at the right end of the table.
The toss of the coin was going to be crucial as the wicket looked extremely damp but would only get better as the sun shone without a cloud in the sky
Backworth were tight and Alnwick were struggling on 49-3.
Things got worse when Scott, going for a quick single, collapsed and had to retire hurt.
With the score on 73-4, effectively 73-5, captain Woods and Reeves had over half the innings to bat.
Both batters starting slowly by seeing off the threat of Stubbs, who finished 15 overs 4-41, then began to rotate the strike as it looked to become easier to bat.
Woods got into his stride and took the score past 100 as they looked to accelerate through the last 10 overs although as soon as the partnership was broken wickets fell at regular intervals and Alnwick were all out for 142.
Guy got the breakthrough with the ball, taking the first two wickets. It caused a collapse in the Backworth middle-order as both Guy and Threlfall bowled well together in tandem and left the home side stuttering on 52-6.
Backworth began to recover but the introduction of spin swung the game back in Alnwick’s favour as Barker picked up two quick wickets leaving Backworth still needing a further 54 runs to win with only three wickets left.
A tense finish was ahead and it was Backworth who took the honours, creeping over the line with 143-8. Robson finished on 59 not out.
Alnwick will feel another chance was missed but will go into next week’s game looking to make sure they put things right.
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Alnwick bowled first and Jonathan Roxburgh and Andrew Wright did well to keep the scoring to a minimum with accurate bowling.
Wright got the breakthrough when Peter Matthewson rolled back the years with a well-held catch. Roxburgh dismissed the other opener for 15.
Alan Corner remained strong for the opposition with other batsmen going cheaply with some good bowling from Dixon and an exceptional run out from Eric Nicholson.
When Roxburgh came back for a second spell, wickets fell cheaply and with the support from skipper Andrew Stewart at the other end, Alnwick finished off the batting line up with only Longstaff posing a threat at any stage.
Chasing down a score of 97, Alnwick got off to a poor start with Lobb, Roxburgh and Matthewson falling cheaply. Allen Thompson played some stunning cricket shots and was supported by Ollie Scott, before he went for 12.
Still requiring more than 40 runs and with five wickets down, Thompson and Wright had a real job on their hands.
They played brilliantly and Thompson ended 48 not out as Alnwick posted a winning reply of 98-5.