All set for victory until rain hit

WELLSTREAM NORTHUMBERLAND & TYNESIDE LEAGUE DIVISION A2

Alnwick II (198-7) v Ryton (0-0) (Match abandoned due to rain)

ALNWICK Seconds fielded a much-weakened team on Saturday thanks to several members of the squad being unavailable due to holidays and other commitments.

Unfortunately, the curse of the British summer struck once again after Alnwick had posted a competitive and daunting-looking total of 198 against a struggling Ryton side.

Stand-in skipper Chris Woods lost the toss and visiting skipper Stevens had no hesitation in asking the hosts to bat on a soft and green-looking surface under overcast skies.

Alnwick opened with Thompson, who has been in fine form, and Harry Lobb, a consistent opener for Bamburgh. Ryton kept things tight and scoring down to a minimum, eventually leading to the downfall of Lobb, who had become frustrated and was caught behind for just four.

Thompson and Reeves looked to add momentum to the innings, something which was becoming difficult.

Reeves once more timed the ball nicely during his short innings, falling to a swinging delivery from Eddy, which broke through his defences for 19.

The dismissal brought skipper Woods to the crease. Immediately, Thompson and Woods looked to put pressure on the fielders, running quickly between the wickets with Thompson defying his advanced years.

The pair combined youth and experience in a partnership worth 62 runs.

Thompson (52) departed with the score on 112, bringing the expansive Marty Grey to the crease. He subsequently smashed his first two deliveries for four and six respectively.

Woods looked to give Grey much of the strike, as well as punishing the poor deliveries to the shorter boundary towards the football club. Grey was dismissed going for one shot too many after a rapid 23.

Woods and Lakey, followed by Peberdy, ran superbly between the wickets, causing mistakes by the Ryton fielders.

A modest Alnwick total was turning into a highly competitive one as the skies overhead darkened. Woods (67no) passed 50 and further pressed the accelerator, eventually hitting eight fours and a six; even running an all-run four with young Max Harrison.

Alnwick finally finished with a total of 198 for the loss of seven wickets, the highest total accumulated this season, no mean feat by a side missing several senior players.

Unfortunately, while the players took the tea interval, the heavens decided to open once more on a Saturday, failing to relent for the rest of the afternoon, frustrating the home side who were looking set for victory.