Solid home victories for Warkworth and Tillside

Warkworth v Blyth, Stephen Dargue in action. Photograph Steve Miller

Warkworth v Blyth, Stephen Dargue in action. Photograph Steve Miller

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Tillside (213-4) v Stocksfield (184)

Sam Mannion scored a century for Stocksfield in the Northumberland Cricket League, Premier Division, on Saturday, but still finished on the losing side as Tillside recorded a 29-run victory.

Warkworth v Blyth, Bill Pringle in action. Photograph Steve Miller

Warkworth v Blyth, Bill Pringle in action. Photograph Steve Miller

Tillside, who are riding high in third in the table, maintained their position with a more solid all-round team performance.

The Etal side batted first and on a good, warm afternoon they posted a big score of 213-4.

Gavin Turnbull was most successful with the bat, hitting 45, but there were valuable contributions from Cameron Beasley (43), Cameron McGregor (37) and Liam Hindmarsh (34).

Stocksfield lost both their openers cheaply - only three runs between them - but a fine knock of 105 from Mannion got them back in contention, with Steven Henderson also helping push their score along with 30.

However, Alan Hindmarsh and McGregor were both on form with the ball, claiming 4-42 and 3-53 respectively and in the end Stocksfield fell short, all out for 184.

Warkworth (165-9) v Blyth (145)

Fellow north Northumbrians Warkworth were also victorious at the weekend as they ended 20-run winners at home against Blyth.

Batting first, the Castle Field side managed to post 165-9, in large part thanks to a half-century from William Pringle. His 56 off 85 balls included nine fours and a six.

He was well supported in the middle order by Keith Puddephatt who hit a quickfire 40 off 39 balls.

Once they were gone, the batting line-up didn’t stick around too long, slumping from 132-4 to 165-9 including three wickets lost with the score on 132.

Mark Lawrence was the pick of the bunch from the Blyth attack, taking four wickets for just 15 runs from his 10 overs, which included five maidens.

In reply, the away side got off to a flying start with openers David Dent and Chris Harwood scoring 22 and 38 respectively.

But Adam Hall took both their wickets before carrying on where he had started and taking the wickets of the next three batsmen cheaply.

David Ebdale, with 19 not out, and tail-ender Cameron Walker (22) provided some resistance, but there was too little support from elsewhere as Blyth were all out for 145.

It included a spell where the first six wickets fell for just 11 runs.

Hall was the man to thank as he finished with figures of 7-41 off 13 overs.