It was a busy weekend in the Northumberland & Tyneside Cricket League with back to back games on Saturday and Sunday.
Alnmouth & Lesbury 1sts suffered a double defeat at the hands of Ashington, there were mixed fortunes for Alnwick 1sts whilst there were winning doubles for Warkworth 1sts, Tillside 1sts, Warenford and Howick.
There was a double defeat for Alnmouth & Lesbury 1sts at the hands of Ashington.
On Saturday they went down by 72 runs at Ashington. The home side were all out for 187 with Ben O’Brien on 71, Dushan Hemantha taking 4-64. In reply Alnmouth made 115 with Ed Brunton top scoring on 27. Ben Harmison took 5-26.
On Sunday they lost out by one wicket. Alnmouth, with Callum Batey on 57 and Archie Elder on 36, made 138 all out, with Paul Rutherford taking 5-37. Ashington needed 45 overs to chase it down with 139-9, Ben Harmison on 30 not out and Jack Jessop on 28. Dushan Hemantha took 4-27.
Alnwick 1sts went down by nine wickets at Annfield Plain on Saturday. Alnwick put on 81 with Max Harrison on 22, the home side being 84-1 in reply.
On Sunday, in another low-scoring game, Alnwick won the return by six wickets. Annfield Plain batted first and with Sam Stephenson on 25 they made 87 all out with Jonathan Roxburgh taking 4-39. Alnwick were then 92-4 with Andrew Scott on 36.
Tillside 1sts completed a weekend double over Ponteland 1sts in Division 2.
On Saturday the Etal side won by eight wickets away from home. Ponteland, who were 123-2 at one stage, were all out for 134 with Alan Hindmarsh taking 5-14 and Cam McGregor 3-23. In reply, Tillside saw Ross Hindmarsh in 55 not out, Sean Wales on 38 and Jake Birkett on 34 not out as they chased it down.
On Sunday Tillside won by 38 runs in the return match at Etal. The home side hit 183 with Wales on 59 and Birkett on 30. Again it was the bowling of Hindmarsh (5-24), making it ten wickets for the weekend, and McGregor 3-19 which saw the visitors bowled out for 145.
Warkworth 1sts had a 39 run win over Whickham on Saturday. Keith Douglas hit 48 as Warkworth posted 130 with Matthew Rodger taking 7-18. In reply, Whickham were all out for 91 with Martin Clark taking 7-21.
On Sunday Warkworth made it a double with a 19-run victory in the return fixture. Matthew hall hit a fine 102 not out as Warkworth put on 202-8 in their 50 overs, with Matthew Rodger taking four wickets for Whickham. The home side were all out for 183 in reply with opener Louis Ainley their top scorer on 58. Hall took 3-38.
Alnmouth & Lesbury 2nds had a three wicket win over Ashington 2nds on Saturday. Ashington hit 141 with two bats on 29, Matisse Richards taking 4-38. Alnmouth were 145-7 in reply with Evan Moir on 43, Alex Storey taking 3-36.
Alnmouth were unable to maintain the same form in the return on Sunday when they went down to a 157 run defeat. Stephen Boyd hit 103 for the home side as Ashington posted a big score of 280-6 in their innings. It was a big target and Alnmouth were left wanting at 123-9 with Sean Hutchinson on 39 and Thorsten Robinson on 31. Graham Whitworth took 5-30.
Alnwick 2nds won by only two runs at home to Blue Flames on Saturday. They posted 207-9 in their 45 overs with Bradley Spiers on 79 and Cameron Nichols on 47. Blue Flames were 205 all out with Syed Mehdi on 82. There were three wickets each for Matthew and Alan Straker.
On Sunday Alnwick made it back to back wins with a four wicket victory in the return. In a high-scoring encounter, Flames were 261-8 with Ahmed Khan on 108. In reply, Alnwick put on 265-6 with Alan Straker making 100 before he was run out. Daniel gardner added 48.
Warenford had the edge on Tillside 2nds on Saturday, winning by 90 runs at Etal. Brian Thompson hit 65 as Waren out on 185-9 with four bowlers taking two wickets. In reply, Tillside were all out for 95, Keith Bickerton hitting 39, with Michael Thompson doing most of the damage, taking 6-14.
In the return on Sunday Warenford won again, this time by 53 runs. Brian Thompson was 94 not out and Michael Cairns 61 as Waren posted 243-5 with Joe Bickerton taking 3-62. Tillside were 190-4 in reply with Thomas Riddell on 55 not out.
Howick completed a weekend double over Wooler in Division 6 (North) in what turned out to be two very close encounters.
On Saturday they won by the narrow margin of only three runs when the teams met at Glendale. Howick posted 221-6 with Adam Riley on 59 and Richard Elliott on 37. Robert Matthewson took 4-4. I n reply, Wooler saw openers Les Porteous (65) and Angus Todd (83) put on a first wicket stand of 144, but Thomas Burston (28) was the only other run-maker and with Ian Pearson taking 3-46 the visitors came up short at 218-8 in their 40 overs.
In the return on Sunday Howick won by four wickets at home. They batted first and put on 136-6 with Andrew Hodgson the top scorer on 30. Wooler, in reply, got within two runs at 134-7, but they ran out of balls. Jamie Comber was their top scorer on 26.
Warkworth 2nds went down by ten wickets to Kirkley on Saturday. In a low scoring game, Warkworth were all out for only 64 with Robbie Burns taking 5-8 and Andrew Horner 4-23. Kirkley chased it down in 12 overs without loss.
Sunday’s game between the sides was cancelled.
Embleton went down by nine wickets at home to Monkseaton 1sts on Saturday. Gary Davidson hit 20 as Embleton were all out for only 52 with Ian McDine taking 4-14. Monkseaton were 53-1 in reply. Sunday’s game between the two sides was cancelled as Embleton were unable to raise a team.
Rock’s away game against Ulgham 2nds on Saturday was cancelled
O n Sunday they took on Ulgham 2nds at home and won by 111 runs. George Cockayne hit 114 and there was 63 from Kevin Wilson as Rock made 245 all out, with Jeff Thomson claiming 4-36. Ulgham were all out for 134 in reply with Jordan Cowe on 37 and Jack Humphreys on 33. There were three wickets each for Tom Parkinson and Wilson.
* Fixtures for Saturday, July 7 are:
Alnmouth & Lesbury 1sts v Stocksfield 1sts; Alnwick 1sts v Ponteland 1sts; Tillside 1sts v Bates Cottages 1sts; Benwell 1sts v Warkworth 1sts; Ponteland 2nds v Alnmouth & Lesbury 2nds; Bates Cottages 2nds v Tillside 2nds; Warenford v Alnwick 2nds; Howick v Kirkley 1sts; Ashington 2nds v Wooler; Warkworth 2nds v Embleton.