Rain rips through fixture list

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RAIN once again ripped through the fixtures in the SG Wealth Management Northumberland Cricket League, but Warkworth and Alnmouth and Lesbury both survived the deluge to pick up victories on Saturday.

A stunning seven-wicket haul from Ben Oliver inspired Alnmouth to a 35-run win over Berwick in the Premier Division.

Chris Younger hit a half-century in Warkworth’s top-flight, four-wicket triumph over Blagdon Park.

At Berwick, Alnmouth were put into bat and found the going tough, dismissed for 127.

Opening batsmen Ian Pearson and Paul Straker top-scored with 30 and 23 respectively.

Berwick bowler Scott Middlemist ended with 5-36, while Callum Urwin (3-27) and Sean Wales (2-44) also struck.

In reply, Berwick were undone by an excellent spell of inswing bowling from Oliver (7-37) and some sharp work behind the stumps by Tom Vickers. Straker (2-20) and Ian Clough (1-15) also took wickets.

John Simmons top-scored for Berwick, with 16, as the hosts crumbled to 92 all out.

At Warkworth, Blagdon Park opted to bat, but the visitors were dismissed for 154.

Opener David Gibson hit 34 while Pirasannan Inpathurai chipped in with a useful 28.

But all five of the Warkworth bowlers got in on the wicket-taking act.

Martin Clark closed with figures of 4-31, supported by Adam Hall (2-26), Daniel Younger (1-35), Chris Younger (2-23) and Steven Lee (1-30).

In reply, Warkworth made a shaky start with the bat, finding themselves 31-3. But Chris Younger and Stephen Dargue dug deep and when C Younger departed for 53, Warkworth had moved to 115-4.

Dargue eventually went for 38 but Hall and Steven Anderson saw the hosts over the victory line, closing on 155-6.

Greame Gaff (2-28) and James Sanders (2-17) were the leading wicket-takers for Park on the day.

The Premier Division’s four other games were all cancelled, including Tillside’s trip to Bedlington.

It was a similar outcome throughout the rest of the league, with all four Division One matches off, including Stobswood Welfare’s game at Gateshead Ethnic Minorities.

All games were cancelled in Division Two, including Ulgham Village’s away day at St George’s Rovers .

The Division B2 fixture list met the same fate, meaning Stobswood Welfare twos v New Hartley Village twos and Ulgham Village seconds v Blyth seconds were off.

l Both Alnwick sides had their matches cancelled in the Wellstream Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League on Saturday.

The firsts were at home to Cowgate Sports in Division A2 while the seconds were away at Cowgate Sports twos in Division B2.