Clouds gather over rivals as Mitford steal a march

THE weather was once again at the centre of a mixed day of fortune on Saturday for the leaders in the title race in the Alnwick and District Cricket League.

Mitford, who began the day nine points ahead of their nearest challengers, escaped the rain which affected other areas and defeated Embleton by four wickets in a closely-fought match.

The home side got the winning runs in the 43rd over, Mark Parrish top-scoring with 43 in a total of 139-6.

Earlier, opener Paul Carss held the visitors’ innings together with 69, while Nick Gaynor (5-37) and Scott Lawson (3-27) took the bowling plaudits.

While things went Mitford’s way, it was not so good for challengers Warenford and Wooler.

Warenford were 39 without loss after 17 overs when their game at home to Tillside was called off with the ground flooded.

In a rain-interrupted match at Wooler, the home side were 125-5 in reply to Howick’s 178-8 when it was ‘timed out.’

With two matches to play Mitford are 17points ahead of Wooler with Warenford a further six behind in third.

Mitford entertain Wooler on Saturday in a match that could decide the title – or it could go to the final week of the season.

Other winners on Saturday were Rock, who beat Berwick by eight wickets, and Warkworth, three-wicket victors against Alnmouth and Lesbury.