Alnmouth and Lesbury U15s (102-4) v Alnwick U15s (101-4)
ALNMOUTH and Lesbury U15s played their first home league game of the season on Monday night, against local rivals Alnwick.
Alnwick won the toss, elected to bat and got off to a good start as Tom Lakey and Nick Goulden put on 64 for the first wicket in the first 10 overs.
Following their departures in quick succession, the Alnmouth bowlers gained control with the final five overs yielding just 13 runs.
Pick of the bowlers were Johnny Ridley who bowled five overs for 16 and Alex Robson with two for 21. Alnwick closed on 101 for four.
When Alnmouth batted, they always kept ahead of the run rate although the early loss of Alistair Batey and John Briggs meant that some sensible batting was necessary.
Johnny Ridley and Alex Robson stepped up to the mark and put on 49 for the third wicket before Robson was run out by a direct throw from Ryan Kelly.
Ridley continued to bat majestically, hitting the ball extremely hard before retiring with 52 not out, which included eight fours.
It was then left to Will Young, Edward Brunton and Rob Burnett to see the home side to victory with nine balls to spare for the loss of four wickets.
For Alnwick, Nick Goulden bowled well, taking 1-19 and Andrew Wright bowled four tidy overs for 14 runs.
An excellent and competitive game of junior cricket in which Alnmouth showed their greater strength in depth to come out on top.