On the brink of victory

WELLSTREAM NORTHUMBERLAND & TYNESIDE SENIOR LEAGUE, DIVISION B2

Alnwick (148-5) v Cowgate (79-5)

ONCE again Alnwick endured a rain-affected game against bottom-of-the-league Cowgate and, although posting a formidable total off restricted overs, they were unable to force a victory in the 20 overs that the visitors were allowed before time brought an end to proceedings.

Alnwick scored 148 for five with Daniel Graham and Michael Brewis scoring half-centuries. Wickets by openers Steve O’Hara and Jonathan Roxburgh meant that the home side were always in the driving seat.

Winning the toss, Alnwick batted first with an under-18 opening partnership of Graham and Green.

The pair were understandably cautious and when Green was out in the 14th over, the total was only 35. The experienced Brewis joined Graham and a century partnership ensued, with both batting confidently against some good bowling and when Graham was out for a very good 72, the first of the rain interruptions occurred.

On resumption, Alnwick lost the wickets of Robertson, Woods and Scott as they tried to increase the scoring rate before they were again driven from the field.

Frantic efforts by both sides in making the field playable paid off as the visitors began batting with just short of an hour-and-a-half to reach the target. That they were never in a position was due to good bowling backed up by the athletic fielding, particularly two excellent diving catches by teenagers Andrew Scott and Daniel Graham.

The game eventually ended in rapidly fading light with honours even in a drawn encounter.

Alnwick end what has been a much-improved season on Saturday with a visit to Backworth hoping to end on a high note.

The match was sponsored by Alnwick Paint and Glass, of Sawmill Industrial Estate, Alnwick.