Bad day at the office for northern sides

Northumberland Cricket League, Premier Division

Tillside I went down by one wicket at home to Ashington Rugby on Saturday, slipping a place to third in the table.

Winning the toss and batting first, the hosts got off to an awful start losing their first six batsmen for just 26 runs.

The ship was steadied slightly by Cameron McGregor (26) and Duncan Sim (30), which meant that the home side managed to make it past 100, eventually being bowled out for 110 in the 34th over.

Ashington’s James Richards took four wickets for just nine runs.

In reply, the south-east side made harder work of it than perhaps was necessary, eventually chasing down the total for the loss of nine wickets.

However, 39 from opener Mick Nicholson had given them a solid foundation and, despite superb figures of 5-17 from Liam Hindmarsh, it was too little, too late for Tillside.

Elsewhere in the division, Warkworth’s woeful season, which sees them propping up the table, continued as they lost by nine wickets at home against Clara Vale.

The hosts started slowly, losing both openers cheaply and finding themselves 10-2.

A top score of 37 from Michael Sewell plus some other knocks down the order saw Warkworth all out for 121 in 36 overs.

Riaz Mohammed (4-18) and Muhammad Rian (3-27) did most of the damage for Vale.

The visitors lost just one wicket in the chase, which took them just 13.2 overs.

Opener Shahzad Alvi scored 57 not out, including nine fours and two sixes, with Naveed Iqbal managing 67 off 33 balls, featuring seven sixes, before he was bowled by William Pringle.

Division Three

Warkworth’s second team (176-7) were also beaten on Saturday, losing by seven wickets to Ulgham Village (179-3) despite 70 not out from Luke Napier.

Tillside twos (74-3) won by the same margin against Monkseaton III (72) on Sunday thanks to fine bowling by Calum Bickerton (5-24).

Elsewhere, Wooler (145-7) were three-wicket winners over Kirkley II (139).

Hebburn II (92-9) went down by seven wickets to Embleton (93-3), whose Paul Carss scored 57 not out.

Howick/Alnmouth & Lesbury were bowled out for 126 as they lost to Warenford (128-3) while Rock (112) lost to Bates Cottages (113-7).