Warkworth slip into the bottom two after defeat number six

Bedlington (188) v Warkworth (116)

Warkworth fell to their sixth defeat of the season and slipped into the bottom two of the Northumberland Cricket League, Premier Division, after falling 72 runs short at home to table-toppers Bedlington.

The home side won the toss and elected to bowl, which initially looked like a great decision as they had Bedlington reeling at 12-2.

Chris Younger was caught off the bowling of Adam Hall for a duck before fellow opener Kevin Harnett fell victim to Martin Clark for six.

But the middle order steadied the ship as Sean Mc Cafferty scored 31 before being bowled by William Pringle and Peter Finch added 39.

The top-scorer was Daniel Younger, who hit 50 from 60 balls including seven fours and one six.

The away side may have been hoping for a larger total, but for the bowling of Clark, who took five of the last six wickets to end with figures of 6-32 off 13 overs with four maidens.

In reply, Warkworth also lost an opener for a duck, Keith Puddephatt caught with the total on five.

Fellow opening batsman Scott Gibson managed 19, which ended up being the second highest score, after William Pringle’s 28, as Paul Rutherford ripped through the home side’s batting line-up.

Only three batsmen made it to double figures as Rutherford ended with figures of 7-17 off 12.4 overs with six maidens.

Tillside (179 all out) v Bates Cottages (167 all out)

Fellow north Northumbrians Tillside were more successful, winning a tight encounter at Bates Cottages to move up to third in the table following the previous weekend’s win over Warkworth.

The Etal side were put into bat by the hosts and didn’t post a particularly large total.

Yet another opener - Gavin Turnbull – fell to a duck, although his partner Toby Culham managed 27 before being trapped for lbw off the bowling of Gary Dennis.

Wickets fell at regular intervals during the innings, but fortunately a couple of big knocks down the order, backed up by contributions in the teens took Tillside to 179 all out in the 42nd over.

Cameron McGregor hit a quick-fire 36 including five boundaries off 34 balls while top-scorer Iain Sim ended the innings on 47 not out from just 43 balls.

His knock included five fours and three sixes.

Ross Symington and David Cragg both took three wickets for the home side.

Bates Cottages’ innings saw a lot of ups and downs as the momentum shifted over the course of the afternoon.

Despite getting off to a start, both openers failed to really develop an innings and when the following batsmen fell cheaply, the home side looked in trouble at 44-5, having lost three wickets for just one run.

But the sixth-wicket partnership of Paul Baston (60) and Jamie Heathcote (32) put them back in it before Heathcote was run out with the total on 120.

Luke Dickson then returned to take the wickets of the tailenders cheaply as Bates Cottages fell 12 runs short.

Dickson finished with figures of 5-47 off 12 overs.