Promotion hopes remain alive after comfortable victory for the firsts

Alnmouth & Lesbury I (58-1) v Greenside (57)

Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division A2

On Saturday, Alnmouth & Lesbury made light work of their victory against Greenside, wrapping up an easy win in less than three and half hours.

Despite heavy rain on Friday the wicket had been well covered and was in perfect condition and Greenside were asked to bat first.

However, they didn’t get out of the starting blocks as the Alnmouth opening bowlers gave them few opportunities to score easy runs.

Nick Denton managed to get excellent movement from the ball and captured the first five wickets (four of them bowled) for very few runs leaving Greenside 35 for 5.

When Edward Brunton joined the attack he was soon amongst the wickets and kept the pressure on the batsmen.

Greenside’s inning closed in under 30 overs with them being bowled out for just 57.

Denton finished with season best figures of 6 for 19 from his 14 overs, whilst Brunton had 3 for 11, the other wicket-taker was Richard Neil who wrapped up the innings in his first over.

The Alnmouth openers Tom Vickers and Paul Straker showed their intentions from the first over and were clearly looking for an early finish as they attacked the bowling.

Vickers in particular played some excellent cover drives to quickly score 40, including five fours and a six.

With only three runs needed for victory, he misjudged a straight ball from Graeme Tones and was bowled.

Victory, however, came in the next over, with the winning runs being scored by Straker who was not out 17.

Alnmouth required only 9.2 overs to secure another 20 point victory which leaves them joint third in the league and after Alnwick’s surprise home defeat to Morpeth gives them an outside chance of promotion when they travel to Morpeth for the last game of the season, on Saturday.

Greenside II (64) v Alnmouth & Lesbury II (104-9)

Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division B2

Greenside II entertained their counterparts from Alnmouth & Lesbury knowing that victory for the home side would put them top of the league with one game left.

On losing another toss, Alnmouth were asked to bowl first on a wet and grassy wicket.

The Greenside opening bowers Jones and Wishart were soon taking wickets and only Courtney in the top order offered any resistance.

The visitors were reduced to 50 for the loss of eight wickets when Brunton joined Dilnot at the crease.

Together they took the score to 69 when Dilnot perished bringing number 11 Cam Batey to the crease.

With the tail wagging the final pair added an undefeated 35, taking the total to 104 in the allotted 40 overs with Batey top scoring with 21 not out.

In reply, Greenside got off to the worst possible start against opening bowlers Hutchinson and Batey losing their first three wickets for only one run.

When a fourth wicket fell with only 12 runs scored, the batsmen requested to go off for bad light, but the umpires kept play on and wickets continued to fall.

When the final wicket fell the score was 64, leaving the visitors the winners by 40 runs.

The wickets being shared between Poole (four) Hutchinson (three) Robinson (two) and Batey (one).