Seconds make light work of Chopwell

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Alnwick II (260-6) v Chopwell (61 all out)

Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division B2

Alnwick Seconds put last week’s disappointment behind them to record a 200-run victory over Chopwell.

Stewart again won the toss and decided to bat on what looked a good wicket.

Robbie Green and Pete Matthewson opened the innings for Alnwick and saw off some good early bowling from the Chopwell openers.

Both Green and Matthewson looked set at the crease, until the 12th over when Alnwick lost two quick wickets.

First, Matthewson departed for 23, bowled by Tamms, then Thompson was caught and bowled by Tamms without troubling the score. Harry Lobb joined Green at the crease with the score on 56.

Green was the first to bring up his half-century, launching Karan for a straight six out the ground.

The pair looked to push on the score, with the visitors having 118 off only 23 overs. But Green could only add 18 to his 50 as he departed for 68 from a stand of 122 for the third wicket.

Max Harrison joined Lobb as Chopwell brought Tamms (3-47) and Edon (3-63) back into the attack.

Lobb then got his first second-team 50 by driving Karan for four. Harrison made a quickfire 12 before being caught and bowled.

Skipper Stewart came in at six and quickly saw the score past 200. Lobb scored quickly after reaching his 50, launching Dixon for a six, before he departed for a well-made 79. Andrew Barker (eight) and Ollie Holst (nine) made quick runs which saw Alnwick pass 250.

Stewart then launched Tamms for the biggest six of the day off the final ball of the innings as he finished on 23 and the team on a well-deserved 260-6.

Ollie Holst and Andrew Barker quickly set about the Chopwell top order. Barker grabbed wickets in both his first two overs, taking another superb caught and bowled for the third week running.

This left Chopwell on 0-2 off four overs. Some suicidal running from the Chopwell middle order saw run-outs for both Kelly and Stewart.

Holst (1-6) finished his spell with a deserved wicket. With Barker (3-35) picking up his third wicket, this left Chopwell 34-6 and allowed Stewart to mix up the bowling attack, introducing Ryan Kelly and Michael Kirkup (2-5), who took two wickets in consecutive balls in his second over.

Matthew Dixon (1-4) finished off the Chopwell innings by having Bell caught by Harrison. This saw Chopwell all out for 61.