Sunday’s third time lucky in the VP’s cup

Alnmouth & Lesbury II (113-8) v Tillside II (105-8)

This Vice President’s Cup tie in the Johnnie Johnson Alnwick and District Cricket League went ahead at the third time of asking, after the first two matches were abandoned due to rain.

In an attempt to guarantee a game, the captains agreed to reduce the overs to 20 per side and on winning the toss, the home side batted first.

An excellent opening spell by Tillside bowlers Liam Hindmarsh and Luke Dickson had Alnmouth struggling at 21 for 4 when Jonny Acaster joined Ed Brunton at the crease.

Together they slowly repaired the innings and added 50 when Brunton holed out off the bowling of John Weatherhead.

‘One Shot’ Acaster though, continued on and top-scored with an important 45.

When the innings closed, the home side had recovered to 113 for 8.

In reply, Tillside’s hopes of a good start were blown away by tight opening spells by Andy McDonnell and Ed Brunton, who between them only conceded 26 runs from their eight overs with Brunton taking three wickets.

With Acaster and Chubb Neil also chipping in with wickets, Tillside’s chances were apparently gone at 31 for 6 but together Law Atkinson and Davy Robertson had other ideas.

They built a good partnership and when Atkinson fell, John Weatherhead came to the crease and increased the scoring rate by hitting three big sixes.

With 11 runs required from the final over, Alex Robson held his nerve and restricted the batters to three runs, leaving the home side victors by eight runs.

• Saturday’s fixtures in the Alnwick and District League were in the T20 Cup, where two games from six took place.

The rain caused even more problems in the SG Wealth Management Northumberland Cricket League with the day’s fixtures completely wiped out in all five divisions.

Among the victims of the continued wet weather were the top-of-the -table clash in the Premier Division between Alnmouth & Lesbury and Blagdon Park, and the mid-table match between Tillside and Bates Cottages.

Third were also due to play fourth as Warkworth were at home against Bedlington.