THE final week of the Surridge Indoor Cricket League saw Alnwick become champions after beating Alnmouth.
Previously, in week six, Alnwick and Alnmouth & Lesbury secured their places in the final with comfortable wins.
Alnmouth made it five victories from five with a convicing triumph against Ulgham, who batted first and mustered a total of 95 runs. Alnmouth finished on 126.
Alnwick, needing to beat Rothbury to secure a place in the final, scored 137 before restricting Rothbury to just 25 runs in the reply.
The eagerly-anticipated final, for a place in the County Champions final in January, saw Alnwick put into bat first and racking up a solid 189. Alnmouth fell short in the chase, ending on 133.
Alnmouth won the toss and put Alnwick in, hoping that they would take early wickets to put the pressure right on.
However poor fielding and dropped catches meant this wasn’t the case as fingerless Chris Woods and Gareth Bateman got off to a flier before Kyle Hollingworth and Robbie Green came into bat. Tom Vickers eventually stemmed the flow of runs with a cluster of wickets.
Andy Armin and Daniel Graham then strode to the crease, knowing that they had to keep the scoreboard ticking to post a total that was needed to put Alnmouth out of sight. Armin proceeded to try to put everything through the wall and onto the A1. It didn’t quite work out to plan when Ed Gillion shattered the stumps.
The last batting pair Rob Woods and Andrew Scott didn’t want to do anything to undo earlier successes.
They continually knocked the ball around until Rob hit a boundary off the last ball of the innings to make sure they posted a very competitive 189.
Alnwick had the edge at the halfway stage but knew they had to bowl well against a strong Alnmouth batting line-up. Richard Neil and Will Young were the opening pair for Alnmouth and they got off to a great start with a maximum being scored off the first ball, game on!
The surprise package was when Robbie Green came on to bowl, his over going for 34 when these two teams previously met, but this time he took three wickets in an over, putting the game firmly in Alnwick’s grasp.
He then had five minutes to forget in the field as he dropped chances while also wildly throwing the ball at an attempt of a run-out.
Andrew Hodgson and Tom Vickers scored 65 runs in three overs, a great effort but it still left a mammoth task for Ed Gillion and Andy Jamieson of scoring 82 runs in three overs.
An extremely tidy over from Gareth Bateman meant that the task was near impossible although Ed Gillion didn’t give up the fight with some lusty blows in the final over.
Mopping up the league games, Warkworth met Chatton. And there was a slight controversy as Chatton called up Daniel Graham of Alnwick to complete their quota of players.
However, Warkworth won the toss and decided to bat and all the batsmen kept the board ticking over, hoping to build a nice platform from which they could attack the last few overs.
This wasn’t to be the case though, as the scoreboard started going backwards with Graham Simpson taking four wickets in an over, aided by some nifty footwork from John Dodds. Angus GP then chipped in with three wickets in an over to leave Warkworth reeling on a below-par 82.
Chatton, in reply, got off to a steady start, with openers Graham Simpson and Guy Filer not doing anything extravagant but just enough to keep their noses in front.
But some questionable running from Max Renwick and Daniel Graham brought Warkworth right back into the game leaving the scores tied with one over left.
Ritchie Carruthers took two wickets with his first and Chatton needed seven runs off two balls, but only managed two as Warkworth again put all their men on the back wall to prevent any boundaries, Chatton finally finishing with 81.
Rob Woods offered a big thanks to everyone for making the Indoor Cricket league work – ‘everything seemed to go really well and I hope you all enjoyed it.’
Team of the competition: Alnmouth
Spirit of cricket award: Rothbury
Best team kit: Alnwick
Most productive batting partnership: Josh Robison and George Puddephatt (Warkworth)
Most expensive over: Richard Lillico (Alnmouth), 46 – batters Bobby Dodds and Craig Turnbull
Peter Donkin (Ulgham), 34 – batters Josh Robison and George Puddephatt
Funniest moment: Jamie Pringle hitting the ball off batting partner Keith Puddephatt’s head, only for the ball to balloon up and be caught by Peter Aviston (Rothbury)
Best all-round player of the tournament: Tom Vickers (Alnmouth)
Batter of the tournament: 1 Bobby Dodds (Ulgham); 2 Raj Lodh (Chatton); 3 Andrew Scott (Alnwick)
Bowler of the tournament: 1 Daniel Graham (Alnwick); 2 James Boyd (Warkworth); 3 Chris Cowe (Ulgham)
Fielder of the tournament: 1 Keith Puddephatt (Warkworth); 2 Peter Aviston (Rothbury); 3 Ian Pearson (Alnmouth)
Best catch: George Puddephatt (Warkworth)
Most comical fielding display: Chris Woods (Alnwick)
Worst on-field banter: Andrew Scott (Alnwick)