Alnmouth juniors do the double

Tillside (67-7) v Alnmouth and Lesbury (75-6)

Northumberland Junior Cricket League, U13 Premier League

ALNMOUTH and Lesbury U13s started their league season with a difficult trip to Tillside, on Sunday.

After being put into bat, the batsmen struggled to make runs against some accurate bowling by Rory Hindhaugh, Calum Bickerton and Callum Cleasby and a very low score seemed on the cards.

Nick Robertson was looking in good form until he was dismissed for eight.

With the score on 45-6 after 17 overs, action was required and Cameron Batey came to the rescue with a hard-hitting quick-fire 21 not out from 12 balls to help the team post 75 for six at the close of their 20 overs.

Tillside, at 31-1 after less than nine overs, were looking comfortable until the game was changed by a fantastic one-handed diving catch near to the boundary by Joe Tudor, to dismiss the dangerous Ross Hindmarsh for 22 off the bowling of Cameron Thorpe.

A better catch may not be seen this season.

The Alnmouth bowlers then establish a stranglehold on the game with their excellent line and length.

Tom Harrop in particular was difficult to score runs off.

As the overs ticked by, the scoring rate increased and 21 were required off the last four overs.

When Olly Tulip bowled Hindhaugh for 12 the pressure on Tillside intensified and further tight bowling by George Lindley and Joe Tudor restricted Tillside to 67 for 7, finishing nine runs short of their target.

The pick of the Alnmouth bowlers was Tom Harrop who finished with three wickets for seven runs from his four overs.

Archie Elder also had an excellent game as wicketkeeper.

This was an impressive start to the season by the Alnmouth youngsters and overall a really excellent game of junior cricket.

Alnmouth and Lesbury (253) v Alnwick (195)

Northumberland Junior Cricket League, U11 North Division

BOTH sides had one or two players unavailable for this, the opening league fixture of the season.

Batting first, Alnmouth posted a respectable 253 (players bat in pairs for four overs; teams start with 200 and lose six runs for every dismissal).

Henry Robson was the stand-out batsman scoring 13, while all the other batsmen made useful contributions.

For Alnwick, Mark Humphries bowled well taking two wickets while William Patterson and David Potts took wickets with their first balls.

Leon McHale got the Alnwick innings off to a good start scoring 11, this was continued by Jonny Scott and at the halfway point a close finish looked on the cards.

The Alnmouth bowlers then dominated the match with Harvey Young and Will Pettifer finishing with two wickets each and Henry Robson helping himself to three.

Jonathan Fortescue, Leon Smith and Harry Sutherland all bowled very economically, as the Alnwick innings fell away to close on 195.

For Alnmouth, Will Stewart put in a faultless display being the stumps, while birthday boy Arthur Sutherland celebrated his eighth birthday by playing well as a late stand-in.

Overall, a useful early season encounter, with lots of positives for both teams.