AFTER weeks of bad weather resulting in disruptions and abandonments, the introduction of the Surridge Sports 20-20 Tournament in the Alnwick and District Cricket League on Saturday heralded a welcome change of fortune, sunshine greeting the opening round of matches.
The new format comprises four groups of three with only the winners progressing to the semi-finals and final at Wooler on Saturday, July 17.
In the event of bad weather Finals Day will be re-arranged to enable a positive outcome.
First round results:
Chatton Chancers 98 (S Grey 4-21, M Brown 3-12) Shilbottle Pitmen 104-4 (G Robson 37not out).
Wooler Wizards 104-7 (A Murray 28, L Porteous 24not out, K Little 4-8) Mitford Marauders 104-5 (A Gaynor 29, G Potts 28, J Jackson 19). Mitford win on fewest wickets lost.
Warenford 168-6 (I Thompson 36no, G Rogerson 26) Alnmouth and Lesbury Beach Boys 114-5 (A McDonnell 28, G Huitson 21, J Ridley 19).
Warkworth Hotspurs 101 Berwick Bushwackers 102-6 (R Farrish 66).
Embleton Whinstone Warriors 124 (P Carss 49, T Parkinson 3-34, M Gray 3-8) Rock Raptors 127-5 (R Bell 66).
Tillside Tomahawks 120 Howick Hawks 60.