Tillside edge home to keep up the pressure on leaders

Blue Flames (141) v Tillside (142-8)

Tillside maintained their third place in the Northumberland Premier League with a two-wicket win over Blue Flames on Saturday.

The foundations for the victory were laid with four-wicket hauls for both Matthew Whitty and Alan Hindmarsh, while Toby Culham and Cameron McGregor guided them home with the bat.

Tillside won the toss and decided to bowl.

Following the loss of an early wicket, Ghazanfar Ishaque and David Marshall tried to introduce some stability for the visitors with 26 and 43 respectively.

But the home bowlers were in the ascendency and of the remaining batsmen, only Faisal Amin on 10 managed to reach double figures.

Blue Flames, who are propping up the table, were eventually all out for 141 in 46 overs with Whitty taking 4-23 and Hindmarsh 4-25.

In reply, Tillside lost three early wickets themselves, with Gavin Turnbull on six, Liam Hindmarsh on a duck and Whitty on one.

However, opener Culham hit a steady 42 off 49 balls, which included six fours and two sixes.

McGregor hit four boundaries on his way to 39 and he was still there at the end of the innings.

Ross Hindmarsh added 13 and Matthew McCreath weighed in with a useful late 20 as they reached 142-8 in the 33rd over.

Andrew Honer was the pick of the Blue Flames bowlers with figures of 6-65, while Amin took 2-31.

The victory keeps Tillside in third, setting them up nicely for this weekend’s clash against local rivals Berwick in the final game of the first half of the season.

Ashington RCC (127) v Warkworth (129-4)

Fellow north Northumbrians Warkworth were also victorious on Saturday, securing their third win of the season by six wickets at home to Ashington.

The home side won the toss and put the visitors into bat, which immediately seemed the smart choice as they had the south-east Northumberland side at 5-1 and then 6-2.

Adam Hall, who ended the innings with figures of 4-46 off nine overs, continued to take regular wickets, removing several batsmen for single-figure scores.

A top-scoring knock of 28 from opener Matthew Tanney alongside 22 from Paul Milburn and 19s from the other two Tanneys, Lewis and Bernie, took their total to 127.

Hall had good support from Brian Doyle, who took 3-22 off his eight overs.

In reply, Warkworth stumbled a little to begin the chase with both openers – Scott Gibson (12) and Doyle (18) – out for less than 20.

Another couple of cheap wickets fell in the middle order before Hall and Keith Douglas finished the job, ending on 33 not out and 37 not out respectively.

Ashington’s Cory Milburn and Lewis Tanney took two wickets apiece.