Culham smashes 176 for Tillside as Birkett also hits a century

Tillside 1sts celebrated a big win in the Northumberland Premier Division on Saturday when they had two batsmen hit centuries.

Toby Culham took all the plaudits with a fantastic score of 176, whilst team-mate Jake Birkett grabbed 108.

The Etal side posted a big score of 361-5, which enabled them to record a 205-run victory after they bowled the oppisition out for only 156.

Matthew Whitty claimed four of the wickets with Birkett taking three.

Warkworth continued their march towards the Division One title and promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Warkworth travelled to Monkseaton at the weekend to play one of the few sides who have challenged them this season so far and they hoped to continue their recent fine form and with a weakened side now holidays are starting.

Monkseaton won the toss and decided to bat first on a bright and breezy day at the Churchill Playing Fields and were soon in trouble with opener Beever doing a Stuart Broad and allowing the umpire to decide his fate on a blatant caught behind off Clark. They then proceeded to loose wickets at regular intervals despite dropped catches however Butler batted well for 66 and displayed a fine range of shots around the wicket before he was run out by the ever alert wicket keeper Keith Douglas when out of his ground. The Innings closed on 124 with Hall 4-29 and G Puddephatt 4-18 the pick of Warkworth bowling.

In reply Warkworth got off to a poor start when centurion from the previous week Scott Gibson went for one then a partnership of 45 from Alastair Gibson & Mick Sewell put them in a good position which was carried on by Keith Douglas taking the score to 93. Both Sewell 26 and Douglas 30 batted well showing admiral defence and picking up boundaries from loose deliveries. When both fell a collapse then ensued with Warkworth needing 30 from the last pair of George Puddephatt and Tom Burnett both played good sensible cricket shots capitalising on the bad ball and picking up singles that saw the club home with plenty of overs to spare.

Warenford, who had lost top spot in Division 2, kept their promotion hopes alive with a convincing 144-run victory over Blue Flames.

Opener Daniel Patterson with 63 was the best home bat, whilst Ian Patterson added 40, Ryan Thompson 33 and Brian Thompson and Graham Rogerson both 29 as they put on a big score of 218-6.

In replay Blue Flames struggled to contend with the bowling of John Hogg, who finished with figures of 7-43, and with Zubair Ahmed their top scorer on 24, they were all out for only 74.

In Division 3 Wooler had a four wicket win over Gateshead Ethnic Minorities.

Zafar Iqbal hit 52 and Irfan Ullah 43 as Gateshead posted a decent score of 194 all out.

Andrew Aitchison and Robert Matthewson both claimed three wickets apiece for the Glendale side, who in reply saw Aitchison hit 76 not out, with Ian Clarke on 40 as they made 195-6, reaching their target in the 39th over.

Also in Division 3, Tillside 2nds had a five wicket win over Rock.

Rock batted first, but they were skittled for only 52, with opener Oliver Page their top scorer on 13.

Davy Robertson took 4-8 and Calum Bickerton 3-4 as Rock were dismantled in less than 23 overs.

On what was a good bowling wicket, the Tillside batsmen also struggled to make an impact, but they had more about them than their opponents with Jamie Farr on 16 and they passed their mark in a low-scoring fixture at 53-5 after 18 overs.