Seconds get back in action but suffer loss on their travels

Consett II (134-8, 45 overs) v Alnwick II (99 all out)

Wellstream Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division B2

ALNWICK finally returned to action on Saturday with a long trip to Consett after two consecutive abandoned fixtures.

Captain Stewart remarkably won yet another toss asking the home side to bat on a green looking surface which had only just been cut.

The visitors immediately reaped rewards with the returning Tom Robertson straight into the action, having Huntsman caught behind.

Both Robertson and Chris Woods bowled with great accuracy, something which had been missing previously from the opening attack.

Runs were hard to come by, and Robertson (5 for 21) continued to run through the top order taking the first five wickets.

Four of the top six batsmen had been dismissed without troubling scorer Benedict Kirkup.

Half of the home side were back in the pavilion with just 12 on the board and Consett were in even more strife when Woods (1 for 24) had Dixon lbw.

However, credit must go to Greenwell (72 not out) who showed all of his first-team experience to bat through and see his side to a competitive target.

Batting looked considerably easier after the opening spell from Robertson and Woods.

Alnwick continued to work hard though and spectacular diving catches from young Tom Woodburn and Stewart restricted the home side to 134 for 8, a target the visitors knew wasn’t going to be easy.

Alnwick started positively but the wickets of Woods, Robertson and Lobb in quick succession left them struggling somewhat.

Will Peberdy played solidly and timed the ball nicely after a long absence from the side and his partnership with Stewart seemed to be crucial.

Unfortunately, this was broken before real inroads to the total could be made, with opener Stewart dismissed to a questionable lbw.

Peberdy continued allowing the younger members of the side to bat round him, but when he was clean-bowled by Pyke, the game was nearly over.

Goulden, Woodburn and Harrison showed promise with the ever-entertaining Holst playing a cameo that left Alnwick 35 runs short.

It was an unfortunate end to a game which started so dominantly in Alnwick’s favour, at one stage looking to be a very early finish.

Many positives can be taken from the bowling and fielding aspects, and a little more batting application would have seen Alnwick victorious.