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Alnwick (157-all out) v Chopwell (158-3)

Wellstream Northumberland & Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division B2

ALNWICK entertained high-flying Chopwell on Saturday and were asked to bat first after stand-in skipper Michael Bateman lost the toss.

Thompson opened with Robbie Green, who was playing a rare game for the IIs, due to his first team unavailability.

Green failed to trouble the scorers though and was replaced by Graham, another first team regular recovering from injury.

Graham also departed cheaply, leaving Alnwick 39 for two.

Chris Woods joined Thompson and the pair looked to rotate the strike and punish the loose delivery.

The score had moved to 78 when Thompson was bowled for a well-made 43.

Woods tried to hold the innings together as wickets fell around him, and once he departed for 34, Barker played aggressively for 20 before the innings closed three overs shy of the allotted 45, with Alnwick all out for 157.

Alnwick started well with the ball, with Graham and Woods sharing the new ball.

Unfortunately the pair couldn’t pick up any early wickets and Chopwell began to increase their scoring rate.

However, the introduction of leg-spinning Barker and Woods changing ends slowed the rate significantly, leading to the wickets of both openers.

Barker also claimed a third victim to finish with (three-39), but Alnwick never really had control of a modest total on a fine batting surface.

To their credit, Alnwick refused to give in until the final delivery, Chopwell easing home with two overs to spare.

If similar determination and resilience can be repeated in all aspects of the game for Alnwick, victories will become a regular occurrence.