Cricket fixtures hit by dismal weekend weather again

THE weather had the last word once again as the majority of cricket fixtures across north Northumberland were abandoned on Saturday.

Most of the matches saw some play but very few were completed as the clouds rolled in later in the afternoon.

In the Wellstream Northumberland & Tyneside League Division A2, Alnwick’s clash at Ryton was one that ended in a draw.

Thanks to an unbeaten 39 from R Green and 47 from A Scott, Alnwick posted 121-4 before reducing Ryton to 83-4 in their innings with David Bailey left on 45 not out at the end of play.

Alnwick’s seconds managed to post a competitive 198, largely thanks to 52 from veteran Allen Thompson and an unbeaten 67 from captain Chris Woods in their Division B2 fixture with Ryton.

But a draw was the end result as the visitors did not even get a chance to start their innings.

In the SG Wealth Management Northumberland League Premier Division, five of the matches were abandoned but Alnmouth & Lesbury managed a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Corbridge.

The away side batted first, posting a total of 109, with the damage done by Alnmouth’s R Tudoor (4-24) and B Oliver (3-17), and chased the total down successfully thanks to I Pearson’s 63.

Elsewhere, Tillside and Warkworth’s home clashes were both abandoned. Warkworth were 11-1, chasing Blagdon Park’s 151, with George Puddlephatt taking 3 for 35 from his seven overs, when play ended.

Tillside, meanwhile, posted a solid 187, with Gavin Turnbull hitting 75 in their game with Stocksfield, who were making a strong reply at 142-3 when the tie was called off.

The games between Bates Cottages and Clara Vale, Bedlington and Bomarsund and Berwick and table-toppers Blue Flames all fell foul of the weather too.

In Division One, all the games were abandoned including Ulgham’s clash with Gateshead Ethnic Minorities and Stobswood Welfare’s tie with Kirkley.

Ulgham batted first and managed to post 158, with Colin Tait scoring a half-century (52), but the rain denied the Gateshead side their chance to chase the total. Zohaib Shahid took 5-57 for the home side.

Stobswood’s game with Kirkley was in the balance when the rain set in. Stobswood, batting first, were all out for 157 and Kirkley had made 103-9 from 32 overs before a premature end was called.

In Division Two, all four matches were abandoned, including Stobswood Welfare’s trip to Kirkley before the match began due to an unfit pitch.

Ulgham had posted 108-5 from 28 overs in their home tie with Civil Service.

All of the games in the Johnnie Johnson Alnwick & District League were also victims of the weather with none of the second innings getting started.

Embleton managed an impressive 165-1 from 36 overs against Alnmouth & Lesbury, largely thanks to an unbeaten 91 from Paul Carss, who cannot have been pleased about the timing of the rain.

At Mitford, another home batsman had posted a good total, with Mark Parrish hitting 83, including six fours and two sixes in his side’s 142-3 against Wooler.

A total of 12 fours in an innings of 67 from Edward Durie saw Howick to a huge total of 226-7 against Rock, in a tie that the bottom side wished could have been played to the end.

Warenford managed 130-4, with Daniel Patterson scoring 51 in their match with Berwick, while Warkworth were 162 all out in their clash with Tillside, with Brian Doyle also hitting a half-century (57).