Alnwick keep in the hunt for promotion with victory

Alnwick I (212-8) v Seaton Burn (180-7)

NORTHUMBERLAND & TYNESIDE SENIOR CRICKET LEAGUE

In a must-win game last Saturday, Alnwick did just enough to beat Seaton Burn, mainly thanks to a brilliant 91 from Michael Threlfall, which keeps their promotion hopes alive with two games left.

After losing the toss, Alnwick were asked to bat first, with openers Graham and Threlfall starting off positively.

The first wicket fell on 47 as Graham was bowled by White for 25 before Kyle picked up the wickets of Scott (one) and Green (0) to leave Alnwick 76-3.

Meanwhile, at the other end Threlfall continued to find the boundary with ease as he passed his half-century with yet another crunching four.

Wright picked up two quick wickets.

Ayre, however, felt very aggrieved by the latter of the two decisions as he was adjudged lbw.

Threlfall couldn’t make it two hundreds in two games against Seaton Burn as he finally fell for 91 after a top-edged pull ballooned back to the bowler for a return catch to leave Alnwick 163-6 with 10 overs left.

Both Reeves and Wright continually ticked the scoreboard over as Alnwick looked to set a very imposing total of more than 200, finishing eventually on 212-8 with no fewer than 32 extras.

Following the break, Alnwick started off slowly before Roxburgh eventually picked up the first wicket after he bowled four maidens on the bounce.

Wickets, however, were hard to come by as both Kyle and Weldon continued to frustrate Alnwick before Bateman had Kyle caught behind for 34.

Redpath soon got into things as he launched consecutive boundaries off Bateman to take Seaton Burn to 105-2 and have an outside chance of victory with 15 overs remaining.

The economical Wright soon got the much-needed breakthrough as Redpath (39) was caught behind before Lyall fell first ball. Scott (3-36) then took the wicket of the patient Weldon (34) before having both Carr caught and Coleman bowled to leave Seaton Burn seven wickets down.

Alnwick had a final push to claim the last three wickets, but failed to do so as Seaton Burn finished on 180-7, Alnwick claiming 18 points out of a possible 20.

Alnwick now have a home game against Morpeth followed by an away game against Ashington to gain promotion.

However, Benwell and Whickham both have outside chances so Alnwick can not afford to get complacent.