Alnwick I (187) v Morpeth I (192-9)
Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division A2
The biggest upset of the season saw bottom-of-the-league Morpeth beat Alnwick by six runs to potentially ruin the home side’s promotion ambitions.
Despite Friday’s heavy rain, the ground was in immaculate condition and the game was able to get underway as normal.
Alnwick captain Woods had no hesitation in electing to bowl first as the home side looked to claim a win that would secure promotion into Division A1.
The Morpeth opening pair of Gerber and Jackson, however, had other ideas as they withstood Bateman and Roxburgh to put on 50.
The change in bowling brought the first wicket as Wright had the aggressive Jackson (39) caught on the boundary, much to the relief to the home side.
Gerber and Meikle continued the work as they found it at ease to score consistently off the slower bowlers.
Both Wright (4-48) and then Scott got their men in quick succession before the bizarre run-out of Anderson left Morpeth on 160-3 with 10 overs to go.
The reintroduction of Roxburgh (3-33) caused havoc among the Morpeth middle order as both he and Wright claimed six wickets for the account of 11 runs to bring Alnwick right back into the game.
A few lower-order runs from Lawn (15*) left the away side on a high with 192-9 after their allotted 50 overs.
Following the break, openers Graham and Threlfall went straight into fifth gear as they found the boundary with ease.
The in-form Threlfall was caught well by Thompson before Brewis fell soon after, adjudged lbw, to leave the score on 94-2 after only 15 overs.
Both Graham (41) and Scott (40) continued to score runs freely before Alnwick themselves had a mini collapse, all starting following another bizarre run-out.
Scott, Graham and Reeves fell in quick succession shortly before both Woods and Wright were sent back to the pavilion to send a few nerves through the home side’s dressing room.
The home side still had plenty of time with 14 overs to score 10 runs as both Bateman and Roxburgh tried to ease their side to victory.
After Roxburgh fell, with Alnwick needing just seven runs for victory the pressure was really getting to Alnwick and their hopes of promotion left in the hands of Bateman and Hollingworth.
Hollingworth was bowled soon after to leave Bateman stranded on 13 not out and Alnwick six runs shy of their victory target.
Alnwick now have one more game against Ashington, in which they need nine points out of a possible 20 to guarantee promotion with both Benwell and Alnmouth having an outside chance.