ALNWICK and Alnmouth took the honours in the opening week of a new cricket competition.
The Surridge Indoor Cricket League kicked-off on September 21 with two entertaining matches, as Alnwick overcame a hard-fought contest against Warkworth while Alnmouth blew away Rothbury.
The tournament, which is being played every Wednesday night at Alnwick’s Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre, also features Chatton and Ulgham, who opened their league accounts last night.
The league has been organised by the Northumberland Cricket Board Limited. It features a number of other leagues in venues around the county and will culminate in a final prior to Christmas, in which the winners in each area will compete to win the Northumberland Indoor Cricket League title.
It was a good start for Alnmouth, who shot to the top of the table thanks to their emphatic victory over their Coquetdale opponents. The seasiders posted a mammoth 213 runs from 12 overs, with some big hitting from Ian Pearson and Tom Vickers, while Will Young also hit some mighty blows.
Peter Aviston was the pick of the Rothbury bowlers. In reply, Rothbury never really looked like chasing down Alnmouth’s massive score, with Alnmouth putting on heavy pressure in the field, along with some good bowling. Things looked bleak for Rothbury, but some lower-order hitting in the last over helped them reach 68 off their 12 overs.
The second game of the night was a closer affair, with Alnwick beating Warkworth on the last ball of the match.
Batting first, Warkworth’s Keith Puddephatt showed all his experience at the top of the order with some quick running and selecting the right balls to hit.
Alnwick’s Daniel Graham showed some great pace and swing with the ball, while club colleague Tom ‘Robbo’ Robertson bowled this season’s first-ever wicket maiden – a great achievement in indoor cricket. Warkworth upped the run-rate in their last three overs, with some big hitting from lower-order pair Ritchie Carruthers and Adam Purvis, helping the Castle Field side post a competitive 100 runs.
Alnwick started slowly, realising that it was important not to lose wickets, but that was undone by some good bowling by Luke Napier, who took three wickets in an over. Alnwick’s Gareth Bateman and Chris Woods helped their team’s cause with some quick running.
With the ball, James Boyd gave a solid bowling performance, while Ritchie Carruthers used his height to bowl some good deliveries. Alnwick needed three runs to win off the last delivery and Andrew Scott duly delivered.
He dispatched the ball to pick up the required runs, to help Alnwick to a winning reply of 101 runs.
The league at Willowburn continued last night, with Chatton playing Ulgham and Alnmouth facing Warkworth.
On Wednesday, Rothbury face Chatton, at 7pm, before Ulgham play Alnwick, at 8pm.