In Division A1 of the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League, Alnmouth & Lesbury I lost their first game of the season by just three runs in a close finish against Leadgate.
Putting the opposition into bat, Leadgate were restricted to 84-4 after 25 overs with Ed Brunton having a hand in all four wickets. However, in the second half of the innings, Leadgate managed to push their total to a useful 214, thanks mainly to a well-hit 71 from Sam Stephenson.
Alnmouth got off to the worst possible start with openers Russell Hughes and Straker dismissed before 10 runs were on the board.
After the dismissal of Callum Batey for 15, Tom Vickers and Jonny Ridley staged a recovery adding over 100 for the fourth wicket to keep Alnmouth in the game, although the run rate was climbing. Vickers was perhaps unlucky to be run out for a fine 62. Ridley completed his first club half-century, but was caught out soon after for 51.
Some lusty blows from Ben Oliver gave Alnmouth every chance of victory as they started the last over with six runs required and two wickets in hand.
However, both wickets were claimed in the first four balls, leaving the home team three runs short.
Alnmouth will be disappointed with the outcome of their first outing and will reflect on what might have been, but on the positive side, they did claim a useful 10 bonus points.
In Division A2, Alnwick’s firsts (182) lost by 14 runs at Backworth (196-5) despite 70 from David Forrest.
Alnmouth & Lesbury twos secured a win in Division B2, beating Lintz by 104 runs. The hosts scored 273-6 thanks to 106 from Peter Robinson and 98 from Robert Burnett before bowling out the visitors for 169.
In the Northumberland Cricket League, Tillside opened their season in the Premier Division season with a five-wicket win over Kirkley, Warkworth notched a 67-run victory at Blagdon and Warenford won by 125 runs at home to Blyth in Division Two.
In Division Three, there were wins for Embleton, Rock, Wooler, Tillside II and Warkworth II.