Alnmouth lads clinch U13 cup-final victory

Alnmouth & Lesbury u13 Cup winning team
Alnmouth & Lesbury u13 Cup winning team

There were jubilant scenes on Friday night as Alnmouth & Lesbury U13s won the ECB County Cup Final at Corbridge.

Alnmouth went into the game as underdogs having suffered a heavy league defeat to their opponents earlier in the season.

Captain Leon Midgley won the toss and elected to bat but the Corbridge attack was accurate and Alnmouth found scoring difficult and they reached the halfway stage with only 27 on the board but with all their wickets in hand.

By the 15th over, the score had progressed to 55 but three wickets had gone and a big last five overs were needed.

Henry Robson rose to the challenge and went onto the attack, smashing a quick 30, 22 of which came in boundaries to help the visitors post a reasonable total of 100 for 6.

The Alnmouth bowlers knew they would need to give nothing away against the formidable Corbridge batting line-up and Matisse Richards, Leon Midgley and Harry Sutherland all kept early runs in check.

At the halfway stage, Corbridge had reached 42 for 1 and the game was in the balance.

Sutherland, aided by Thorsten Robinson and George Cockayne, continued to bowl tightly and the required run-rate was creeping up.

With Corbridge requiring 15 runs off the last over, the captain turned to 11-year-old Thorsten Robinson who bowled excellently, conceding only five runs, to secure a nine-run victory.

Henry Robson was chosen as the Alnmouth man-of-the-match.

This is the second consecutive year that Alnmouth have won the u13 County Cup Final and they now travel to play the Durham champions in the first round of the regional competition.

Alnmouth and Lesbury U15

Alnmouth and Lesbury U15s travelled to near-neighbours Alnwick last week for their league encounter.

Alnwick elected to bat first but tight bowling by Olly Tulip and Tom Harrop kept the scoring rate down.

After 10 overs, Alnwick had reached 31 for 5, with wickets falling to Joe Tudor (two), Lukas Robinson, Tulip and Harrop. An excellent unbeaten partnership of 43 between James Wilkes (33 not out) and Joe Straker (19no) brought the innings to a close on 74-5.

Alnmouth survived the loss of an early wicket before Archie Elder and George Lindley batted with confidence, putting on an unbeaten 66 to secure a nine-wicket victory with nine overs remaining.

Lindley finishing with 35no and Elder 26no.

Alnmouth started their defence of the U18 Lindgarde Cup with a 65-run victory in the group game against Alnwick U18s.

Batting first, Alnmouth posted 117-1 from their 20 overs, with Edward Brunton scoring 49no, Ali Batey 32 and Jonny Ridley 21no.

In reply, Alnwick lost early wickets and only Andrew Wright managed double figures with a stubborn 18no as they finished on 52 for 9.

Evan Moir was the pick of the Alnmouth bowlers, taking four wickets for 10. The other wicket-takers were Ridley (two), Ali Batey (two) and Cameron Batey.