Bad day at the office for north Northumbrians

Stocksfield (230-4) v Warkworth (66)

Warkworth struggled with the bat as they headed to the west of the county on Saturday, coming back from Stocksfield after a 164-run defeat in the Northumberland Cricket League, Premier Division.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat, proceeding to prove the wisdom of this decision as both openers made half-centuries.

Alex Brown was eventually caught by Stephen Dargue off the bowling of Steven Lee for 51, while Chris Patterson made 52 before he was bowled by Brian Doyle.

Neither Brown nor Patterson was top-scorer, however, as Sam Mannion came to the crease and smashed 77 off 43 balls, including nine fours and a six.

Andrew Wood also ended not out with 32.

The Warkworth bowlers had a tough time, but Doyle finished with the healthiest figures - 3-52 off seven overs.

In reply, the away side, who dropped a place to seventh in the table, never really got going as wickets fell at regular intervals.

Bowlers Doyle (13 not out) and Lee (13) were the top-scorers and the only two batsmen to make it to double figures as Warkworth were all out for 66 in the 32nd over.

Stocksfield’s Emerson Brown took four wickets for just 15 runs in his nine overs, backed up by Ben Hutton (3-8) and Andrew Wood (2-6).

Tillside (140) v Blagdon Park (144-7)

Fellow north Northumbrians Tillside also slipped to a defeat, although their contest at home to Blagdon Park was more competitive.

Park won the toss and elected to put the hosts into bat. Opener Toby Culham top-scored with 65 off 74 balls, before he was trapped LBW by Alistair Clark, but he had no real support from his teammates.

Sam Culham scored 16 and Law Atkinson ended the innings on 24 not out, but no one else managed to make it to double figures, with the exception of 16 in extras.

It meant that Tillside were all out for 140 in the 39th over.

Pick of the Blagdon bowlers was Paul Johnson, who cleaned up the end of the innings, taking 4-20 off 12 overs. Henry Blake and Clark also took three wickets apiece.

Despite being a little under-par, Tillside may have felt they could defend their total and things got off to a good start when opener David Gibson was out first ball, caught by Sam Culham off the bowling of Liam Hindmarsh.

Hindmarsh also took the wicket of fellow opener Mark Foster for 23, before James Sanders was caught for just three runs.

Unfortunately, Shaun Collins stuck around, scoring a quickfire 47 off 47 balls, including nine fours, before he was run out by Atkinson.

Further wickets fell before it looked like it was going to be a race between the runs being scored, the overs running out and the wickets falling.

Blagdon seized the initiative and Jack Concannon and Greig Senior both ended the innings on 19 not out, taking their side across the line with three wickets and 11 balls to spare.

Matthew McCreath was the pick of the bowlers, taking three for 30 off his 12 overs.

The other wicket-takers were Liam Hindmarsh (2-34) and Calum Paterson (1-20).