Table-topping Tillside recorded an emphatic nine-wicket win over Blyth in the Northumberland Premier Division on Saturday with Luke Dickson being the star of the show.
Again rain delayed the start but the covers were taken off just before half past one which meant a 45 over game, visiting skipper Hill won the toss and had no hesitation in bowling first on what looked like a slight green top.
The decision was a good one as Dickson and Duncan Sim shared three wickets in the first few overs to reduce Blyth to 4-3.
Hudspith and Roberts led a mini revival putting 20 on for the 4th wicket, before they both became Dickson’s third and fourth victims of the afternoon.
In his next over Dickson clean bowled three; Kirkup, Lawrence and Kemp to leave Blyth reeling 30-8.
Cam Walker was the second joint top scorer with 5 before Dickson rearranged his stumps and the final wicket fell with a smart catch by Ross Hindmarsh off the bowling of Jake Birkett as Blyth were bowled out for 44. Luke Dickson’s fantastic figures were 10-4-7-17-8.
In reply Tillside tried to score quickly as the dark clouds closed in on the ground. Liam Hindmarsh hit some fine shots in his 28 and Jack Bagness finished the game with two fours to finish on 15*, as they knocked the runs off in the eighth over.
The win puts Tillside back to the top of the league and face a massive game on Saturday as co-leaders Ashington RCC travel to Etal.
Sadly they are missing a few key players on Saturday including star man Dickson as he back packs round Europe for a couple of weeks and is then going to play for Tweedmouth Rangers Reserves pre-season much to the disgruntlement of the Tillside hierarchy
Also in the Premier Division, Warkworth had a four wicket away win over Gateshead EM.
The home side batted first and Balakrishnan Krishnan top-scored with 61 as they put on 133, being all out in the 41st over. Ian Clough was the pick of the Warkworth bowlers with figures of 3-27.
In reply, the Northumbrians saw opener Stephen Dargue make 31 and Michael Sewell 44 as they made 134-6 in less than 35 overs.
The Premier League game between Ulgham 1sts and Berwick 1sts was abandoned, without a ball being bowled.
Warenford’s game at Hebburn in Division 1 was cancelled due to the weather.
In Division 2, Embleton beat Bomarsund 2nds by seven wickets away from hime.
Bomarsund out on 151-6 in their 35 overs with Brent Mordy on 30 and Tom More on 30 not out.
Phil Grey and Scott Lawson both claimed two wickets for Embleton, who in reply saw Grey hit 83 and Liam Turnbull 36 as they passed their target at 153-3 in less than 26 overs.
Tillside 2nds’ home game against Clara Vale in Division 2 was another which failed to beat the elements.
In Division 3, Alnmouth and Lesbury had a big ten wicket win over Ulgham 2nds.
Ulgham were skittled for only 21 in 14 overs with Patrick Ford-Hutchinson taking 5-13 and Richard Elliott 4-7.
In re[ply, it was an easy task for the home bats, with Ken Marshall hitting 15 not out as they made 22 in just five overs.
Also in Division 3, warkworth 2nds went down by 135 runs to Gateshead EM 2nds.
Vikas Mahato hit 107 and Jawed Qureshi 80 not out as Gateshead posted a big score of 302-5 in their 40 overs.
Paul Smith took 3-59, but with the bat Warkworth always lagged behind the run rate and Andrew carnie top scored with 38 as they struggled to 167-9 in their allotted overs with Qureshi taking 3-11.
* The Northumberland League won the Duke’s Cup when they beat a Mid-Week League President’s X! at Bates Cottages on Sunday.
NCL won the toss and elected to bat. They posted 208-8 off 40 overs with seven batsmen making double figures and Berwick’s Sean Wales top scoring with 57 not out from a good variety of shots!
Richard Crawford and Matthew Walton each took two wickets and there were two catches and a superb run out from Jaswinder Singh.
The NEMWCL President’s XI replied with 174 all out in the 38th over after a good start with six batsmen in double figures and Singh top scoring with 37 and the good crowd transfixed for the next big shot.
Richie Crawford hit a quick 30 as wickets fell. Pace man Jake Birkett of Tillside took 5-39 as the hosts faltered.
In the absence of Malcolm Kennedy, away in Somerset, League secretary Don Catley presented the cup to NCL skipper Mark Lawrence.