Double triumph for cricketing teens

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Alnmouth and Lesbury junior cricketers have secured a great double, winning both the Northumberland U15 and U13 leagues.

On Monday evening, the U15s secured their second Northumberland Junior Cricket League title in three years by beating an inexperienced Morpeth side at Longhirst Hall.

Morpeth won the toss and asked Alnmouth to bat, which set the tone for the whole match as Ali Batey and Ed Brunton opened the innings with a flurry of runs.

Within 10 overs they had amassed 72 runs when Batey retired on 52 not out.

Brunton then picked up his scoring rate until he was dismissed on 28 and Rob Burnett and Joe Tudor were dismissed by excellent catches from Rusby and Aviston respectively.

It was then left to Kallum Tudor with his season’s top score of 38 not out to see the innings to a close on 135 for four wickets.

This total appeared to be beyond the reach of the Morpeth side, which allowed the visitors to utilise all of their 10 bowlers.

Taylor batted well for the home side until he was run out for a well-compiled 25.

The pick of the bowlers were Rob Burnett, who took two wickets, and Owen Sylvester, who bowled using his height to good effect.

The Morpeth innings closed on 68 for eight wickets leaving the visitors the winners by 67 runs.

Despite the wet summer, Alnmouth and Lesbury U15s have played 11 competitive games, winning the league and also reaching the final of the ECB Northumberland Cup competition. Ali Batey has scored over 400 runs, including four 50s.

There have been other significant contributions throughout the side and 13 bowlers have taken wickets during the season in competitive matches.

The U13s made it a club double by clinching the Northumberland Junior U13 Premier League on Sunday when Ashington conceded the game as they were unable to raise a team.

This gave Alnmouth the points they needed, in what is their first season in the U13 Premier League.

It rounded off an excellent campaign in which they played 13 games and as well as winning the league, they also reached the ECB Cup semi-final.

It all bodes well for next season, as all but three of the league-winning squad will still be able to play at this age group.

South Northumberland Cricket Club were runners-up in both leagues.