Emphatic victory helps Alnmouth title challenge

Alnmouth & Lesbury opener Ian Pearson batting v Ashington rugby
Alnmouth & Lesbury opener Ian Pearson batting v Ashington rugby

Northumberland Cricket League, Premier Division

League leaders Alnmouth & Lesbury continued their assault on the Northumberland Cricket League Premier Division crown with an emphatic 10-wicket win over Ashington Rugby on Saturday.

But there was to be no such result for high-flying Warkworth, as the third-placed side slumped to a four-wicket defeat at the hands of Berwick.

Tillside’s top-tier contest with Blagdon Park was cancelled, on a day which saw a number of games halted because of wet weather.

Alnmouth moved 66 points clear at the summit with a commanding victory.

A devastating bowling display from the table-toppers, inspired by Ian Clough (4-26) and Andrew McDonnell (4-12), saw Ashington crumble as they were dismissed for just 88.

Opening batsman Chris Harwood offered some resistance with a knock of 19.

There was no such capitulation in the Alnmouth ranks as they eased to victory, with a winning reply of 92-0.

Ian Pearson and Paul Straker were the stars with the bat, finishing with unbeaten knocks of 21 and 62 respectively.

Warkworth found the going tough at Berwick in the north Northumberland derby.

Batting first, Warkworth scored 114-4 from their allotted 50 overs, with Brian Doyle (20), William Pringle (28) and Adam Hall (26 not out) helping to put runs on the board.

James Thompson (2-18), Sean Wales (1-28) and Martyn Elliott (1-31) were the Berwick wicket-takers.

The hosts were able to overhaul Warkworth’s total, posting a winning reply of 118-6.

Scott Middlemist top-scored with 28.

All four Warkworth bowlers – George Puddephatt (1-23), Brian Doyle (1-21), Adam Hall (2-39) and Jamie Pringle (2-32) – got in among the wickets, but it was not enough to stop defeat.

Away from the Premier Division, fine knocks of 87 by Colin Tait and an unbeaten 78 from Darrell Campbell helped Ulgham Village (264-3) to a 151-run victory over Old Record Players (113 all out) to go top of Division Two.