Seasiders hit hard by haul of eight

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Benwell & Walbottle II (108-1) v Alnmouth & Lesbury II (107)

Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division B2

Alnmouth & Lesbury twos travelled to Benwell & Walbottle to play this Division B2 match.

It was apparent to the visiting players that crampons should have been packed in the kit bag as they walked up the slope to inspect what was a decent firm and flat wicket.

On winning the toss, Alnmouth elected to bat and got off to a solid start.

Opening batsmen Dilnot and Hinchliffe did well to survive an ill-timed rain shower and to deal with the initial accurate bowling of Hall, choosing to attack C Robson and Birrell to take the score along to 58 without loss after 12 overs.

At this point, the crampons would have been handy to stop the slide. Birrell suddenly found his range, removing Dilnot, bowled for 28.

In the same fashion over the subsequent two overs, Birrell accounted for Hinchliffe and Heal for 18 and six respectively.

C Robson and Birrell then combined over the course of the next 12 overs to remove the remaining Alnmouth batsmen, for a total of 107 runs in 31 overs, with Ford-Hutchinson hitting a few boundaries to secure a batting point.

Birrell returned impressive figures of 8-27 off 12.1 overs.

After a short break for tea, Burtram and Hall reached the wicket to commence the Benwell & Walbottle reply, with Brunton bowling down the slope and Ford-Hutchinson up.

The Alnmouth bowlers battled hard to make life difficult for the batsmen.

Hall proved to be very correct and Bertram carved out a mixture of shots, leaving the luckless Ford-Hutchinson on occasion reaching for the micrometer.

Ultimately, the opening partnership of 98 runs in 28 overs shaped the victory for the home team, the win being secured in the 31st over.

Brunton swapped ends to bowl Bertram for 61. Hall remained undefeated on 31no.

Alnmouth seconds entertain Seaton Burn on Saturday and they will have to turn their potential into results to reverse the recent trend of defeats.