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Northumberland Cricket League

RAIN came out on top against Alnmouth & Lesbury, Tillside and Warkworth as all three were unable to play on Saturday.

But there was more luck for Stobswood Welfare and Ulgham Village firsts, as both beat the wet weather and picked up victories in the process.

Welfare’s 2nd XI also won, while Ulgham twos’ match was off.

The stop-start nature of this year’s cricket season continued as the elements once again disrupted play.

The Premier Division clash between Tillside and Alnmouth and Lesbury was cancelled, as was Warkworth’s top-flight trip to Stocksfield.

But the division’s other four matches all reached a conclusion, as Berwick (158-5) romped to a 64-run win over Corbridge (94 all out), Blue Flames (188 all out) beat Ashington Rugby (126 all out) by 62 runs, Bedlington (104 all out) beat Bates Cottages (68 all out) by 36 runs and Blagdon Park (123-6) beat Blyth (120 all out) by four wickets.

A five-wicket haul from Ian Watson and a half-century by Antony Wingfield helped Stobswood Welfare beat Monkseaton by 34 runs in Division One.

Batting first, Welfare posted 159 all out. Wingfield hit 52 while team-mates Stefan Townsley and Richard Marshall chipped in with knocks of 44 and 20 respectively.

Ian McDine was Monkseaton’s main man with the ball, ending with 4-18 from 12 overs.

But Ian Watson was in similarly fine form and helped dismantle the Monkseaton innings with 5-34 from 12 overs.

Andy Bryant (1-11), Michael Beverley (1-23), Paul Patterson (1-26) and Daniel Watson (1-12) also contributed, as Monkseaton were dismissed for 125.

Kevin Elliott and Matthew Kleynhans both hit 20.

Elsewhere in Division One, Kirkley (74-1) beat Hebburn (70 all out) by nine wickets, Clara Vale (299 all out) beat Tynemouth thirds (108 all out) by 191 runs and Bomarsund beat Gateshead Ethnic Minorities by six runs.

In Division Two, Ulgham Village defeated New Hartley Village by 20 runs.

Colin Tait (44), Darrell Campbell (33) and Andrew Todhunter (26 not out) all contributed to Ulgham’s 164-8.

Tim Ives, Chris Myers and Kevin Hudspith each took two wickets for New Hartley, while Ulgham lost a further two wickets via run-outs.

In reply, Adam Young hit 55 for New Hartley but his half-century was not enough to seal victory, as his side were dismissed for 144.

All five Ulgham bowlers struck on the day, with Campbell the main man, taking 4-11 from 11.4 overs.

He was well supported by David Moore (1-37), Chris Herne (2-30), David Charlton (1-34) and Todhunter (2-17).

Other Division Two matches saw Matthew Dennis hit 101 as his Cramlington side (219-9) beat Civil Service (141 all out) by 78 runs, while St George’s Rovers and Whitley Bay was cancelled.

In Division B2, Esmond Black (42) and Andy Mollon (41) were on form with the bat in Stobswood Welfare twos’ 26-run win against Monkseaton seconds.

Batting first, Welfare posted 154-8; John Hewett ending with 4-48.

But Simon Urwin (2-17), Karl Dullaghan (2-21), Mollon (1-33), George Rodgerson (2-16) and Daniel Cook (2-16) grabbed wickets for Stobswood, as Monkseaton fell short, closing on 128-9. Robert Clark was top-scorer with 36.

Also in Division B2, New Hartley Village twos v Ulgham Village twos and Blyth twos against Monkseaton thirds were cancelled, while Kirkley twos conceded against Hebburn twos.

l Alnwick firsts and seconds’ games were cancelled in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League.