Warkworth’s huge total eases them home as Tillside also win

Ashington RCC v Tillside CC'Tillside wicketkeeper and slips watch on as Ashington batsman Michael Adamson is bowled.
Ashington RCC v Tillside CC'Tillside wicketkeeper and slips watch on as Ashington batsman Michael Adamson is bowled.
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Warkworth (318-2) v Kirkley (236-8)

In a game which saw nearly 600 runs scored, Warkworth showed the Aussies how to put together a proper innings as they scored more than 300 in the Premier Division on Saturday.

Martin Clark bowling for Warkworth v Kirkley on Saturday

Martin Clark bowling for Warkworth v Kirkley on Saturday

And despite the best efforts of the visitors Kirkley, it was enough to see the north Northumbrians to an 82-run victory and up to sixth in the table.

Kirkley won the toss and decided to put Warkworth into bat.

But apart from taking the wicket of Stephen Dargue for four and leaving the home side on 12-1, the Warkworth batsmen well and truly made hay while the sun shone.

Fellow opener Scott Gibson scored 85 from 108 balls, which included a massive 15 boundaries - 11 fours and four sixes.

And once his wicket fell to the bowling of Will Asher, with the scoreboard on 181, William Pringle and Steven Anderson powered through to the end of the allotted 50 overs with no more joy for the bowling side.

Pringle finished on 87 not out, including 12 fours, while Anderson added a quickfire 69 off 64 balls, with eight fours and two sixes.

However, the total was eased past the 300 mark thanks to a whopping 73 extras from Kirkley, in large part due to 51 wides.

Pick of the bowlers was Asher, who ended with figures of 1-57 off 12 overs, while Robbie Burns took the other wicket, for 101 runs off 13 overs.

In reply, the away side managed to bat through their entire innings to end on 236-8, a deficit of 82 runs.

Opener Mark Nicholson was the pick of the bunch, top-scoring with 93 off 111 balls including nine fours and a six, before he was caught by Mark Spoors off the bowling of Pringle.

He had some support from fellow opener Asher (45 off 65 balls) and Neil Wastell (42 off 71 balls), but unfortunately no one else could offer much support. Only Chris Farrelly made it to double figures.

Warkworth gave away 39 in extras and were it not for Kirkley’s extremely high number, the score could have looked a lot closer come the end.

Pick of the home side’s bowlers was Brian Doyle, who took 4-42 off his 12 overs, while Pringle and Richie Carruthers took two wickets apiece.

Ashington RCC (115) v Tillside (116-3)

Tillside maintained third place in the Northumberland Cricket League, Premier Division with a comfortable seven-wicket win over Ashington Rugby Club on Saturday.

Ashington batted first and put on 115, before they were all out in the 43rd over.

Top scorer was Paul Milburn on 39 with Lewis Tanney adding 23.

Alan Hindmarsh produced a fine spell of bowling with figures of 3-7 from his eight overs.

There were also three wickets for Law Atkinson and two for Matthew Whitty.

In reply, Tillside got off to a steady start with openers Toby Culham and Gavin Turnbull hitting 22 and 27 respectively.

They were eventually taken over the line by Cameron Beasley on 30 not out and Whitty on 19 not out.