Weather devastates league fixture lists across the county

Alnmouth & Lesbury Cricket Club is celebrating the news that it now has a new roller and scarifier to replace old ground machinery thanks to a �17,413 funding boost from SITA Trust. Pictured is assistant groundsman Richard Lillico with the new Poweroll roller.
Alnmouth & Lesbury Cricket Club is celebrating the news that it now has a new roller and scarifier to replace old ground machinery thanks to a �17,413 funding boost from SITA Trust. Pictured is assistant groundsman Richard Lillico with the new Poweroll roller.

The wet weather was the only real winner on Saturday as much of the region’s cricket calendar was wiped out, with very few games starting and fewer making it to the end.

For the north Northumberland sides, Alnmouth & Lesbury and Alnwick’s first teams both saw some play before their matches were abandoned, as did Tillside ones while Warkworth firsts managed to get a result.

Only 23 overs were possible at Alnmouth in Division A1 of the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, when the home side entertained Burnopfield.

Burnopfield won the toss and, with rain expected, asked the home side to bat first.

Openers Tom Vickers and Paul Straker put on 17 before Vickers was caught on the boundary for 10.

Peter Robinson joined Straker and they looked comfortable, but with the score on 58, Robinson was given out lbw for 11.

The score had increased to 85-2 when the rain came, with Straker 42 not out off 62 balls and Ali Batey eight not out.

When the light rain turned to a heavy downpour at 5.30pm, the game was abandoned as a draw.

In Division A2, there was even less play as Alnwick firsts travelled to Whickham.

Losing the toss, the visitors were put into bat and just nine overs took place before the heavens opened.

Alnwick were on 20-1 at the time, having lost Ali Graham for one run, while Andrew Scott and Daniel Graham finished not out on 12 and five respectively.

The north Northumbrians currently sit fourth in the table, with two wins and two draws this term.

There was no play at all for the Alnmouth or Alnwick second teams in Division B2.

In the Northumberland Cricket League, Premier Division, Warkworth I were the only team to get a result, beating Berwick at home by eight wickets.

Batting first, the visitors had a torrid time, losing all but two wickets for single-figure scores in a total of 59 all out.

Adam Hall took six wickets for 28 while Martin Clark had figures of 4-21.

In reply, the hosts lost two cheap wickets, but chased the total with ease thanks to unbeaten knocks of 21 and 24 from Chris Glass and Michael Sewell respectively.

Tillside I were 18-0 after two overs, chasing Clara Vale’s 173, when their game was abandoned. Cameron McGregor had taken 4-55.

In Division Three, Wooler scored 160-5, in large part thanks to Ian Clarke (43) and Andrew Aitchison (46 not out), in their overs, but Rock never got a chance to reply.

Tillside II had started bowling against Ulgham twos, but only got through 21 overs before it was called off.

Kevin Thompson’s unbeaten century plus a 50 from Tony Potts and 33 not out from Alan Sinton saw Warenford declare on 208-1 at home against Monkseaton III.

The bowlers then ripped through the visitors’ batting line-up for just 29. John Hogg took 4-16 and ran someone out while Ian Patterson took 4-12.