JOHNNIE JOHNSON HOUSING ALNWICK AND DISTRICT LEAGUE
WARENFORD began their defence of the Johnnie Johnson Housing Alnwick and District League championship with a surprise home defeat to Mitford who clinched victory by nine wickets in the penultimate over of an enthralling fixture.
The visitors owed their success to a magnificent opening partnership of 204 between Mark Parrish (123 not out) and Mathew Ellinor (77) after being set a target of 229 from 45 overs.
Both openers were dropped a couple of times and made the home side pay dearly.
Brian Thompson top-scored for Warenford with 97, being caught behind after an otherwise chanceless innings. Tony Potts had a number of ‘lives’ in an innings of 55.
Alnmouth and Lesbury Seconds opened their programme with a 47-run victory away to Howick with valuable contributions from Lee Pearson (64) and Luke Napier (four for 36).
Other winners on an entertaining opening day were Tillside, who beat Rock by 51 runs, and Wooler, who defeated Warkworth by three wickets.
Sadly, Embleton were unable to fulfil their fixture at Berwick and duly conceded the points.
Alnmouth and Lesbury II 167 (L Pearson 64, L Napier 29, D Gray 26, J Wright 3-19) Howick 120 (R Elliott 33, E Durie 31, L Napier 4-36).
Tillside II 141 (L Dickinson 38, L Hindmarsh 34, M Williams 4-26, T Parkinson 3-17, W Dunn 3-49) Rock 90 (W Dunn 20, C Robertson 3-16, J Birkett 3-5, J Weatherhead 2-15).
Warenford 228-5 (B Thompson 97, T Potts 55, D Wigham 2-33, M Ellinor 2-36) Mitford 233-1 (M Parrish 123no, M Ellinor 77).
Warkworth II 163 (S Lee 45, K Puddephatt 26, A Aitchison 4-24, P McKenna 2-35) Wooler 164-7 (A Murray 61, A Aitchison 42no, I Clarke 31, B Doyle 3-53, G Puddephatt 2-28, S Lee 2-35).
Berwick II v Embleton – Embleton conceded.