Water, water everywhere; nor any cricket completed

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As seems to happen so often during the Northumberland cricket season, rain and waterlogged pitches were the dominant theme of the weekend.

While several games were started, not a single league fixture involving a north Northumberland side was completed.

There was no play at all in Division A1 of the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League, where Alnmouth & Lesbury firsts, in their first season following promotion last year, sit ninth in the league with one win and four draws so far this term.

The side had been due to travel to Ashington for an all-Northumberland clash.

Nor was there any action in Division A2, where an Alnwick I side lying sixth in the table were due to travel to the team one place below them, Cowgate Sports.

The Alnwick and Alnmouth second teams were both due to play at home in Division B2, against Cowgate and Morpeth respectively.

But there wasn’t much better luck with the weather further north, although Alnmouth did start to bat before the match was abandoned.

The hosts were 22-1 after six overs, having lost Joe Courtney for three runs.

In the Premier Division of the Northumberland Cricket League, both north Northumberland sides saw some play, but neither were able to get a result.

Warkworth put visitors Ashington Rugby into bat and bowled 21.4 overs before the rain came. The away side had posted 119-2, in large part thanks to Adam Peacock’s 76 not out.

However, the hosts’ bowling attack – Martin Clark and Adam Hall – had taken both opening wickets cheaply with Ashington at 15-2 at one stage.

Tillside had been put into bat first at Blagdon Park, but only managed seven overs, in which they had scored 33 for the loss of one wicket.

In Division Three, two games saw a bit of action.

Hebburn had started batting before their clash with Ulgham was abandoned, while both sides had a chance to start their innings in the match between Howick/Alnmouth & Lesbury and Tillside II. Tillside won the toss and put the visitors into bat, who proceeded to score 122-6 from their 40 overs.

The bulk of the runs came from a middle-order partnership between Darren Gray (32) and Kallum Tudor (22). Evan Moir added 18 not out.

For the hosts, Craig Robertson took 3-17, ably supported by Michael Allan’s 3-33.

Tillside may have been relieved that the rain put an end to proceedings as Howick had them reeling at 15-3 after just six overs.

Richard Elliot took two wickets for nine runs and Paul Roberts took the other for the loss of five runs.