Mixed league fortunes for north Northumbrians

Berwick Cricket Club batting first in their home tie against Warkworth
Berwick Cricket Club batting first in their home tie against Warkworth
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Berwick (130) v Warkworth I (113-9)

Northumberland Cricket League, Premier Division

Warkworth were narrowly defeated at the weekend as they fell 17 runs short in a low-scoring contest during their trip to Berwick.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat first, but it was the Warkworth bowlers that struck first, removing both openers cheaply to leave Berwick 7-2.

Wickets continued to tumble and at one point the home side were 37-6 before a rally down the order saw Bhavesh Soni score 30 off 36 balls, Richard Farish 22 off 23 and Glen Bird 22 off 16.

After just 25 overs though, Berwick were all out for 130.

Martin Clark was the pick of the Warkworth bowlers, taking four wickets for 44 runs off 11 overs, but he was well supported by George Puddephatt’s 2-38 and Richie Carruthers’ 3-30.

In reply, it was a case of none of the away batsmen being able to convert starts into solid scores.

Four of the Warkworth batsmen made it to double figures, but no one made it to 20, with Eric Hall, batting at 11, top-scoring with 17.

He was outstripped by an extras total of 28, but it wasn’t enough as the visitors finished on 113-9.

The defeat saw Blyth overtake Warkworth, who are now eighth in the table, while Berwick sit two places above them.

l Warkworth Cricket Club holds a memorial cricket match on Sunday.

The game will be played between an XI from the Castle Field outfit and an Amble and Percy team.

It starts at 2pm and is held in memory of grass-roots cricketers Tom Byers, 47, and George Parks, 71.

The match will take place in conjunction with Warkworth CC’s beer festival (see P40) and raise funds for Wansbeck General Hospital’s palliative care ward.

Kirkley (81) v Tillside I (82-8)

There was a more postive result for Tillside, who have cemented third position in the Premier Division, after they made short work of the visitors’ batting line-up.

The match was reduced to 42 overs per side, but it made little difference as the home team only needed 30.3 to bowl out the opposition and 16.4 to chase down the winning total.

Tillside had won the toss and put Kirkley into bat, taking wickets at regular intervals as the visiting batsmen struggled to score.

The top scorers were Craig Johnson (21) and P Howey (17) in a scorecard littered with single-figure scores.

The Tillside attack also only gave away two runs in extras, which saw the away side slump to 81 all out.

The star bowler was Matthew Whitty, who took four wickets for 30 runs, but there were also tidy figures for Cameron McGregor (2-11 off six overs) and Matthew McCreath (2-24 off seven overs).

In reply, the hosts made light work of scoring the required runs, although they did lose two wickets.

Opener Liam Hindmarsh scored 36 not out off 39 balls, including four fours, and partner Whitty added 23 before he was bowled by Howey.

Howey struck again soon after as Law Atkinson was trapped lbw for just six, but it was too little, too late as Tillside cruised home to an eight-wicket victory.