Ryton take title as Alnwick lose

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Ryton (216-7) v Alnwick (127)

Once again dropped catches resulted in Alnwick losing from a promising position and handing the league championship to Ryton.

With Ryton 44 for 4, both Marshall and Akhtar were dropped before they had scored and they put on a match-winning stand of 121 before they were dismissed.

In reply, only Threlfall and Green held out any hope of an upset but Howorth and Brooks made sure that the home side sealed the championship.

Ryton won the toss and batted first but sustained an early loss as Robinson was caught by Woods.

Howorth was run out by Brewis and Bateman bowled Moore and had Bailey well caught at the wicket by the diving Green.

Marshall was missed off the first ball he received and Akhtar was dropped in the gully before scoring, making the good start irrelevant as after a cautious start against some good bowling by Bateman and Threlfall they took the attack to the bowlers and until they were both dismissed, however, the fielders had no respite as Brooks hit a quick 33 leaving Alnwick facing a formidable task.

Alnwick lost both Brewis, unluckily having stopped the ball, it rolled back and dislodged a bail.

Ayre was then out to a superb catch by Marshall.

Threlfall and Green set about repairing the damage and had moved the score to 51 when Green was caught at the wicket.

Graham hit a fine six but was out caught off a skyer and Threlfall became Marshall’s second catch off the quick Brooks leaving the visitors on 92 for 5 – a position from which they never recovered.

With two games remaining, hopefully some improvement, particularly in the fielding, will boost the Alnwick performances and end what, because of the weather, has been the poorest season for some years on a high note.