Tillside stay third thanks to big victory over Blyth

Tillside batsman Gavin Turnbull made 81 before being bowled in the match v Blyth.' Ian  Appleby
Tillside batsman Gavin Turnbull made 81 before being bowled in the match v Blyth.' Ian Appleby
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Blyth I (171 all out) v Tillside I (231-9)

Northumberland Cricket League

Tillside stayed third in the Premier Division with a 60-run win over Blyth on Saturday.

The north Northumbrians batted first and openers Toby Culham and Gavin Turnbull set the tone.

The pair put on 98 for the first wicket, before Culham was run out for 57.

Matthew Whitty came to the crease and Tillside moved to 175. Turnbull was then bowled by Mark Lawrence for 81.

Other than 39 for Matthew Whitty and 21 for Sam Culham, none of the other Tillside batsmen contributed and they finished on 231-9.

Lawrence (3-69) and Cameron Walker (5-35) struck for Blyth.

In the run chase, Blyth started well and posted 75 before the loss of the first wicket.

David Dent (36), Chris Harwood (35), Alan Routledge (32) and Rory O’Connor (23) scored useful runs, but it wasn’t to be, as they were dismissed for 171.

Alan Hindmarsh (3-24), Cameron McGregor (3-30), Matthew McCreath (2-43) and Matthew Whitty (2-40) were the Tillside wicket-takers.

Bates Cottages I (130-2) v Warkworth I (127 all out)

Warkworth slipped to their second Premier Division defeat in a row, with an eight-wicket loss to Bates Cottages on Saturday.

Paul Baston put in a man-of-the-match performance to help the fourth-placed side to a comfortable win over their mid-table opponents.

His five-wicket haul was followed by an unbeaten half-century.

An undefeated knock of 52 from team-mate Ross Symington aided the Cottages’ cause.

Warkworth found the going tough from the start.

Having won the toss and opted to bat, the Castle Field side were wobbling at 37-5.

Adam Hall and Chris Glass steadied the north Northumberland ship, taking Warkworth to 108.

But it was that man Baston who broke the partnership, bowling Glass for a resilient 44.

Soon after, Hall was sent back to the pavilion, bowled by three-wicket man Michael Telford for 24.

These quickfire dismissals sparked the unravelling of the Warkworth innings; the Castle Field side going from 108-6 to 113-9.

Number nine, Mark Spoors, scored 13 as the north Northumberland side were dismissed for 127.

Baston (5-34 from 11), Telford (3-16) and David Cragg (2-40) did the damage with the ball.

It looked a low total – and so it proved. But Warkworth may have sensed blood early on, after William Pringle (1-35) and Hall (1-29) struck to leave their opponents 19-2.

That was to be as good as it got though, as Baston and Symington led the charge and pushed Cottages over the victory line.

The former hit 55 from 42 balls, including six fours and three sixes, while the latter notched his 52 from 43 balls. He found the boundary eight times, including one maximum.