Alnmouth stumble away

Tynedale II (290-3) v Alnmouth & Lesbury II (189 all out)

Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division B2

Following their opening day success, Alnmouth and Lesbury’s second team travelled to Hexham on Saturday to play Tynedale filled with optimism.

On winning the toss, the visiting skipper Mark Brunton asked the home side to bat first, a decision he regretted for the rest of the afternoon.

The home opening batsmen Scandle and Hiles made a flying start, dealing almost exclusively in boundaries and the score mounted quickly.

Hiles, in particular, was severe on the visiting bowlers and raced to 50.

The score had reached 91 before the first wicket fell, when Alex Robson bowled Scandle for 34.

Hiles, however, continued with his innings, joined by Archer.

Showing no sign of nerves, Hiles raced through the 90s to bring up an excellent century.

The score had passed 200 before the next wicket fell, when Ed Brunton had Archer well caught by Dilnot for 42.

Hiles eventually fell to Robson for 151 and some late hitting took the home total to 290 runs.

Confronted by such a monumental total, the visitors needed a good start and losing Dilnot for a second-ball duck proved to be the worst possible start.

Callum Batey and Roger Heal then started to repair the innings and took the total beyond 50 before they fell in close succession.

This brought to the crease Ali Batey and Ed Brunton. Together they scored 98 runs until Brunton fell for 47 when the total was 169.

Batey went on to record his first senior 50 but wickets had started to tumble.

With Batey out for 52, the visitors’ innings closed on 189 leaving Tynedale victors by a commanding 101 runs.