Whitty helps Tillside sit pretty at top end of table

Tillside I (269-9) v Clara Vale I (136)

Matthew Whitty put in a man-of-the-match performance to inspire high-flying Tillside to a massive 133-run win over lowly Clara Vale on Saturday.

The star of the show hit 60 from 71 balls before taking 4-23, as the north Northumberland outfit stayed third in the Premier Division.

Hosts Tillside won the toss and decided to bat.

There were valuable contributions throughout the order, starting with opener Sam Culham’s 42.

Number three Liam Hindmarsh hit 40, middle-order colleague Cameron McGregor scored a useful 25 and number seven Gareth Hill closed on 42 not out.

Whitty’s 60 included nine fours.

Tillside closed on a 269-9 from their allotted 50 overs.

Riaz Mohammed was the star bowler, claiming 5-46 from 13 overs.

The total would prove too much for third-bottom Vale to chase.

And they got off to the worse possible start, first finding themselves 0-1 and then 3-2.

Vale did recover slightly, moving to 49-3, but their fight was in vain as wickets tumbled at regular intervals after their brief rally.

They were eventually dismissed for 136 after 31 overs.

Naveed Iqbal and Shahzad Alvi both top-scored with 33.

Whitty claimed his impressive figures from nine overs, but he was well-supported by fellow wicket-takers McGregor (3-35), Liam Hindmarsh (1-32), Matthew McCreath (1-27) and Kenny Bell (1-4).

Warkworth I (154) v Blue Flames I (155-8)

Warkworth could not extinguish their poor run of form on Saturday as relegation-threatened Blue Flames proved too hot for the Castle Field side.

Flames, who find themselves in the relegation places, defeated the north Northumbrians by two wickets.

Warkworth have now lost three Premier Division matches on the bounce.

On what was a day for the bowlers, Flames’ Mohsin Iqbal took 5-39 while Martin Clark (4-40) and George Puddephatt (3-31) were the Warkworth danger men.

The Castle Field side won the toss and elected to bat. They got off to a pretty good start, moving to 40 before the loss of Mark Robson, trapped lbw for 17.

But what was 40-1 was to become 55-4 as Warkworth wobbled.

There were moments of recovery throughout the innings, but the Northumbrians never really got going again and were dismissed for 154.

Number three William Pringle top-scored with the bat, hitting 25 – although Flames did gift 32 runs in extras – while lower-order batsmen George Puddephatt (12) and John Briggs Jnr (18 not out) frustrated at the end of the innings.

Warkworth rallied with the ball, and at one point had Flames 92-4 and then 127-6, but it was not enough.

John Marshall hit 46 while Paul McKeever added a valuable 26 for the victors, who finished on 155-8 inside 33 overs.

Mark Spoors took 1-33, supporting fellow wicket-takers Clark and George Puddephatt.