Seasiders’ double delight as both sides record wins

Alnmouth & Lesbury I (197-0) v Newcastle City I (194)

Alnmouth and Lesbury made it two wins in a row by beating Newcastle City by 10 wickets at home on Saturday.

The Seasiders were dominant throughout and captain Tom Vickers scored an unbeaten century.

The visitors were asked to bat by Vickers and both Ben Oliver and 15-year-old Edward Brunton were impressive in their early accuracy.

The openers were both removed as they took a wicket each with the score on 11.

The visitors struggled to 60-4 before a fifth-wicket partnership of 94 between Asif Iqbal and Faisal Mohammed took the score along to 154-4.

Paul Straker then took his first wicket, that of Faisal, who fell to an excellent low catch by Sean Hutchinson in the covers, for 64.

The reintroduction of Brunton for his second spell, bowling in tandem with Straker, then kept the run-rate down as the last five wickets fell for just 11 runs.

The Newcastle innings closed on 194 as they were bowled out in 42.2 overs.

Brunton got lots of movement off the wicket and finished with the impressive figures of 4-31; his four wickets were his first league wickets for the first team.

Oliver bowled an extremely tidy 15 overs, taking two wickets for just 44.

The Alnmouth openers of Vickers and Straker dominated from the first over and made run-scoring look very easy as they pushed for victory in quick time.

Both batsmen were particularly punishing on any deliveries that had width.

Victory was duly achieved in the 33rd over without the loss of a wicket.

Vickers completed his first century of the season with a score of 104 not out, off just 97 balls, which included 15 fours and three sixes, while Straker, who brought the victory up with a boundary, was 82 not out at the close, which included five fours and four sixes.

This victory pushes Alnmouth up to fourth place in the league and next week they travel to third-placed Benwell and Walbottle.

Leadgate II (111) v Alnmouth & Lesbury II (233-4)

On Saturday, Alnmouth & Lesbury II made their longest journey of the season when they travelled to Leadgate.

On winning the toss, the Leadgate captain asked Alnmouth to bat first and the opening bowlers, McCabe and Turner, had immediate success on a lively wicket when Dilnot fell cheaply.

The Alnmouth batsmen, Courtney and Hinchliffe, then knuckled down and shared a partnership of 87 until the powerful Courtney was deceived by Dixon and adjudged lbw.

Hinchliffe was joined by Ali Batey and together they added 50 with Batey playing himself in and Hinchliffe unveiling an array of attacking shots.

Hinchliffe was so close to his first century, but was dismissed for 87. Batey then took centre stage and his quick 60 runs boosted the visitors’ total to 233 for the loss of only four wickets.

In reply, Leadgate were immediately pinned back by the bowling of the evergreen Gibson, who by taking pace off the ball and bowling a strict line and length gave the batsmen nothing to hit.

He wheeled away for 13 overs taking three wickets for only 23 runs while at the other end Ford-Hutchinson, returning to the side, was also among the wickets.

Not to be outdone, however, the Batey brothers then started to shine.

Cameron, entering the attack with his pacy bowling, took two wickets for 11 runs and Ali fielding at cover, took five catches.

The final Leadgate wicket fell with the score on 111 leaving Alnmouth & Lesbury winners by 122 runs.

SCORECARD

Newcastle City I

M Shafiq c&b B Oliver 1

Z Ahmed c S Hutchinson b E Brunton 8

A Sohail b A McDonnell 24

M Ahmed b B Oliver 5

F Mohammed c S Hutchinson b P Straker 64

A Iqbal c&b E Brunton 49

S Khalid s T Vickers b E Brunton 11

A Mohammed b P Straker 7

H Singh b E Brunton 2

S Saleem lbw b P Straker 0

M Little not out 3

Extras 20

Total 194

Bowling: B Oliver 15-3-44-2; E Brunton 9.2-2-31-4; A McDonnell 7-0-41-1; P Straker 8-0-45-3; R Tudor 3-0-17-0.

Alnmouth & Lesbury I

P Straker not out 82

T Vickers not out 104

Extras 11

Total 197

Bowling: A Iqbal 3-0-20-0; M Little 6-0-27-0; A Mohammed 6-0-39-0; A Sohail 8-0-53-0; Singh 6-0-31-0; S Khalid 4-0-21-0.