First loss for Wooler in bid for league title

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Wooler, who are on the verge of clinching the Northumberland Cricket League Division 3 title, suffered their first defeat of the season when they were beaten by Gateshead EM’s on Saturday. And remarkably, they were beaten by a side who only fielded nine players!

But the Glendale side are still in the driving seat, being 25 points clear at the top of the table, with a game in hand on second placed Alnmouth and Lesbury, who only have one match to play.

Wooler have two games remaining and could close out the championship this Saturday when they travel to take on Rock.

Against GEMs they saw the visitors post a healthy 190-7 in their shortened 35 overs, with their top scorer, Ullah, on 47.

Big-hitting Andy Gallivan then top scored for Wooler, but they struggled their way to 136, all out in the 30th over, with Waqas taking 4-35.

On a day when the majority of fixtures were hit by the weather, Tillside 1sts stretched their lead at the top of the Premier Division to 25 points with a six wicket win over Corbridge.

Corbridge made 189-6, a total chased down by the Etal side for the loss of four wickets with Liam Hindmarsh on 98 and Law Atkinson on 45.

Meanwhile, Berwick 1sts had a good win over in-form Backworth, who saw their title hopes dashed with an 80-run defeat.

Berwick batted first and made 198 with Scott Middlemist on 65 and Sean Wales on 38.

Berwick then bowled Backworth out for only 118 with Nalinda Premachandra taking 5-26 and Steven Emery 4-52.

Warenford, Tillside 2nds and Rock all saw their matches fall foul of the rain. Tillside 2nds now hold a 39 point lead at the top of Division 2 and could also clinch their title with a win this weekend.

Embleton went down by 67 runs when they faced Blue Flames 2nds at home.

Richard Chapman top scored with 67 as Blue Flames posted 176-8, with John Wilkin taking 3-30. Embleton were all out for 109 with Mark Ryder the top bat on 21.

In the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League, Alnwick 2nds won by nine wickets at home to Annfield Plain 2nds.

Annfield were all out for only 21 with Michael Kirkup and Joe Straker both taking three wickets. Alnwick then eased to 25-1 with Michael Brewis on 19 not out.

Alnmouth 2nds went down by eight wickets at Tynedale 2nds. Peter Robinson top scored with 34 as Alnmouth put on 142 all out, Paul Newton taking 4-25.

in reply, Tynedale had Ben Griffiths on 75 not out as they made 143-2 in reply.