Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League round-up
Division A1 – Swalwell (263-3) v Alnmouth & Lesbury I (148)
Reigning Division A1 champions Swalwell were the visitors to Alnmouth on Saturday and demonstrated that they will once again be the team to beat this year.
Alnmouth won the toss and asked the visitors to bat and, while the bowling was tight for the first half of the innings, Swalwell kept wickets in hand and built a platform to launch an impressive display of batting in the last 10 overs to post a challenging total of 265 -3.
Chris Hewison, the Swalwell professional who was the league’s top run-scorer last season, was in majestic form as he scored a magnificent 163 not out from 164 balls including 11 fours and five sixes.
In reply, openers Tom Vickers and Paul Straker put on 31 for the first wicket before Straker was bowled for eight.
With the exception of Vickers, the Alnmouth batsmen struggled to deal with the Swalwell attack and when Robin Tudor was dismissed for 12, Alnmouth were reduced to 120-5.
Vickers was doing his best to hold the innings together, but the lower-order batsmen could not stay with him and when Nick Denton was dismissed for nought in the 43rd over, Alnmouth were all out for 148.
Vickers was left stranded on a very well-played 94 not out.
While this result was not unexpected, Alnmouth will be hoping to get more at Ashington this Saturday.
Division A2 – Alnwick I (165-9) v Lintz (166-6)
Alnwick fell to a four-wicket home defeat against Lintz in Division A2 at the weekend.
Put into bat, the hosts lost their openers relatively cheaply before there was somewhat of a revival in the middle order.
Jamie Guy scored 45 before being stumped while David Wright added 36.
Several more double-figure scores ensured that the home side posted a total of 165-9 in their full allocation of 50 overs.
Paul Lumley did the damage for the visitors, taking four wickets for 33 off 12 overs.
In reply, his side lost one of their openers cheaply as well – Kieran Gohery, (one) – bowled by Jonathan Roxburgh (3-41).
But unfortunately for the Northumbrians, his fellow opener, Johnny Foster hit 88 not out as he helped his side cross the line without more than six overs to spare.
Division B2 – Alnwick (72) v Leadgate (75-1)
The seconds slumped to a nine-wicket away loss after being bowled out for just 72.
Only two batsmen managed double figures and the Alnwick top-scorer was extras with 15 as Leadgate ripped through the visitors’ line-up. Jack Murray took three wickets for 11 runs.
In reply, the hosts lost just one wicket – Aaron McCabe was caught by Michael Kirkup off the bowling of Kyle Hollingworth – as they chased down the win in 22 overs.