Double century batsmen put anxious Alnmouth to the sword

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Alnmouth and Lesbury were on the receiving end when they went down to a big 202 run defeat at the hands of Shotley Bridge in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League.

Shotley batted first and they put the Alnmouth bowlers to the sword with two of their team rattling off centuries.

Opener Peter Collingwood hit 18 boundaries on his way to a top score of 143 off 152 balls.

But he was pushed all the way in the run stakes by Paul Greenwood who smashed 15 boundaries (nine fours and six sixes) on his way to an unbeaten 121.

This helped the side post a big score of 287-2, with the wickets falling to Edward Brunton and Paul Straker.

In reply Alnmouth never looked to be in with a shout and eventually they were bundled out for only 85, with Robin Burnett top scoring on 21.

Graham Angus and Joe Gibson each claimed three wickets apiece for Shotley.

Alnmouth 2nds also faced Shotley in a reverse fixture and they went down to a 114-run defeat.

Shotley batted first and with Ian Heslop hitting 86 and David Golightly 29, they managed to post a very respectable 208 all out.

Rich Neil enjoyed a successful afternoon with the ball, taking 7-60, but Alnmouth struggled with the bat, and with Andrew Hodgson their top scorer on 27 they found themselves dismissed for 94 in just 23 overs.

Phillip Mellons took 5-22 and Jamie Nesbit 4-30.

Alnwick 1sts went down by 25 runs when they faced Whickham away.

Whickham batted first and lost an early wicket, but with Jordan Symonds hitting 41, Ian McIntyre 23 and Scott Richardson 21, they recovered to post 151 all out, the finalm wicket falling in the 48th over.

Jonathan Roxburgh was Alnwick’s most successful; bowler with figures of 4-24.

Alnwick opener Michael Brewis then tried to make a fight of it as he hit 64.

Andrew Scott added 22, but none of the other visiting bats managed to get into double figures and eventually their innings petered out in the 38th over with the score on 137.

D Kirtley enjoyed a good spell with the ball for Whickham taking 6-31 off 12 overs.

Alnwick 2nds were home to Consett and they went down by a big 173 runs.

With David Bridge retiring not out on 53, Dan Pyke on 47 and Dan Burlinson on 39, Consett set a target of 225-5.

But the Alnwick bats were simply not up to the task - all but one failed to reach double figures, Bradley Spiers top scoring on 17 as they were skittled for only 47, with Pyke taking 6-17.