Double defeat for first teams

Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League round-up

In Division A1, a depleted Alnmouth and Lesbury first team made the long trip to Shotley Bridge on Saturday and found it tough going.

Electing to bat first, openers Paul Straker and Russell Hughes put on 14 for the first wicket.

With the score having edged up to 44-2, there then followed a massive middle-order collapse as the visitors slumped to 72-8.

A ninth-wicket partnership of 50 between Robin Tudor (27no) and Richard Neil (20) brought a little respectability to the score, but soon afterwards Alnmouth were dismissed for 127.

Tom Vickers top-scored with 35.

This was never going to be enough runs and Shotley openers Peter Collingwood (brother of Durham’s Paul, the former England batsman) and Kieran Milburn batted aggressively to put on 93 for the first wicket.

Both were dismissed with the score in the 90s, and while Alnmouth had one further success, the home team eased to victory inside 27 overs.

The Seasiders have found it tough going in the league’s top division so far this season, having won just twice and currently sit ninth of the 12 teams.

In Division A2, Alnwick’s ones put up more of a fight, batting first at home and posting a very respectable 208-6 before losing to Whickham in the last over of the match.

The agonising result sees the north Northumberland side drop to the bottom of the division after seven matches, without a win to their name this term.

Having won the toss, the hosts got off to a good start with openers Brewis and Lobb.

After 35 overs, Alnwick were in a good position at 117-3 with Forrest and Guy at the crease, after Brewis top-scored with 64.

With five overs to go, the home side were 167-5 with Guy on 34.

A big-hitting final five saw 41 runs added as Scott ended on 26 not out as Alnwick passed the 200 mark.

In reply, the visitors just managed to chase down the target within their allotted 50 overs and for the loss of seven wickets.

The main run-scorers were J Bowman (67), L Haveron (31), C Simpson (35) and L Ainley (30no).

The wickets were shared around the Alnwick attack with two each for for Guy, Kirkup and D Wright.

Despite another defeat, there are plenty of positives for Alnwick to take from the game.

In Division B2, Alnwick’s second team are also rooted to the foot of the table after conceding their game at the weekend in which they were due to travel to Consett II.

It was their second concession in just seven games so far, in which they have only secured one victory, while the weather has played a key role in some of the others.

In Division B1, Alnmouth’s Seconds made it four defeats from four in the Senior League (full report below).