Wooler hit the top after six-wicket victory

Wooler took top spot in a table-topping clash on Saturday as they achieved a six-wicket win over Tillside in the Alnwick and District League.

In what turned out to be a high-scoring match, Tillside batted first and managed to put on 201-9 in their 45 overs, with Law Atkinson hitting an impressive 87, which included seven boundaries.

Stuart Wright provided the best support with 38, while Jack Bagness made 21.

Michael McLean did most of the damage with the ball, claiming 5-35, while Robert Matthewson weighed in with a useful 4-46.

In reply, Wooler saw Anthony Murray hit a ton as he top-scored on 109, including 17 boundaries, as the Glendale side posted 202-4 with opener Ian Clarke hitting 45 and McLean still there at the end on 26 not out.

Wright and Duncan Sim claimed two wickets apiece for Tillside.

But the biggest scorers of the day were Embleton, who hit 232-7 in the first innings on the way to a 182-run victory at home over lowly Howick.

A rain-delayed start saw the game restricted to 40 overs and the away side elected to bowl first. Embleton duly responded and made hay while the sun shone.

Both openers were out for single-figure scores, but the middle order steadied the ship as Barrie Dunn hit 42, Hedley Grey 53 and Paul Carss 64.

In reply, the visitors really struggled as the opening bowlers, Hedley Grey (5-14) and Adam Pringle (3-36), ripped through their batting line-up for just 50.

No one scored more than eight runs.

Elsewhere, Warenford raced to an eight-wicket home win over Warkworth.

The visitors batted first and put on 109 with opener Graham Huitson their top-scorer on 40.

Ian Patterson took 4-20 and John Hogg 3-13.

In reply, Warenford rattled off their target, with opener Brian Thompson hitting 63 on the way to a score of 112-2 with Tony Potts also in the runs on 25 not out at the end.

In a mid-table clash, Mitford won by six wickets at Rock. Batting first, the home side managed to register a score of 146 before they were all out inside 44 overs, largely thanks to a top-scoring 60 not out from Thomas Parkinson.

Openers Oliver Page and Michael Williams both scored 19 and Andrew Gray contributed a knock of 24.

However, the tail was short with the last five batsmen scoring two between them as three were out for ducks. Matthew Lees (3-20) and B Shah (3-33) were the pick of the Mitford bowlers with David Wigham and Richard Brown taking two apiece.

The visitors made short thrift of chasing down the target, in large part thanks to 69 from Colin Crowe.

David Wigham chipped in with 27 as they reached 147 for the loss of four wickets.