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Stocksfield (172) v Alnmouth & Lesbury (173-8)

SG Wealth Management Northumberland Cricket League, Premier Division

Once again at the weekend, Alnmouth & Lesbury were one of the few sides in north Northumberland to see any play and it was lucky they did, recording a two-wicket home win over Stocksfield.

The home side won the toss and chose to bowl, which initially looked to have been a bad decision as Alex Brown started strongly.

Eventually, Alnmouth struck, with Bewick falling for four with the score on 48, and then again a run later.

Stocksfield started to rally before they lost three middle-order wickets for just three runs.

Alnmouth’s bowling attack started to take control and although Brown went on to score 85, only two other batsmen hit double figures and Stocksfield were all out for 172.

An untidy extras total of 33 made the score more competitive than it could otherwise have been.

Pick of the home bowlers was Paul Straker who took 4-25 off 13 overs.

Straker was the star man with the bat as well, top-scoring in the Alnmouth innings with 60, including seven fours and a six.

He was ably supported by a 24 from Tom Vickers and a 19 not out from down the order by Ian Clough.

In an even sloppier bowling performance, Stocksfield gave away 41 extras and Alnmouth got home in 36.2 overs.

Pick of the Stocksfield bowlers was Gareth Wade, who took five wickets for 48 runs.

The victory was Alnmouth & Lesbury’s sixth win from eight matches , which sees them top of the table, making the most of the fact they have played more games than most.

SCORECARD

Stocksfield

A Brown b Oliver 85

M Bewick lbw b Denton 4

D Wylie b P Straker 1

A Wood c N Denton b P Straker 3

S Henderson b Straker 20

S Wraith lbw b Straker 0

Z Walker c Pearson b Clough 0

P Watson not out 16

P Bewick b Oliver 8

G Wade c Clough b Tudor 0

E Brown lbw b Tudor 2

Extras 33 Total (all out) 172

Bowling: B Oliver 11-2-45-2, N Denton 13-0-44-1, R Tudor 7-0-26-2, P Straker 13-2-25-4, I Clough 4-0-25-1.

Alnmouth & Lesbury

I Pearson lbw b Wade 6

P Straker c Wylie b Wade 60

T Poole b Wade 0

T Vickers lbw b Brown 24

B Oliver c Bewick b Brown 11

J Denton c Wraith b Wade 6

R Tudor lbw b Wade 6

I Clough not out 19

R Neil lbw b Brown 0

A Hodgson not out 0

Extras 41 Total (for 8wkts) 173

Bowling: G Wade 12.2-1-48-5, S Henderson 4-0-21-0, A Wood 5-0-16-0, E Brown 6-0-50-1, A Brown 9-0-33-2.