Gibson and Thompson both hit unbeaten centuries in NCL

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Two batsmen hit unbeaten centuries as their teams recorded wins in the Northumberland Cricket League at the weekend.

Scott Gibson hit 101 for warkworth in the first division, whilst Brian Thompson smashed 120 for Warenford in the second.

Tillside 1sts also won by six wickets when they took on Clara Vale at Etal on Saturday in the Northumberland Premier League.

The visitors batted first and they put on 167 all out after 45 overs with Shahzad Alvi their top scorer on 38 before he was run out. Riaz Mohammad also put on 32 before being bowled LBW.

Jake Birkett was the pick of the Tillside bowlers of 4-42, which also included one broken stump.

Birkett then top-scored for the home side on 65 not out as the hosts cruised to victory at 171-4 in the 36th over.

Birkett’s innings consisted of nine fours and two sixes, and he ably supported by Ross Hindmarsh, who made 33 before he was run out.

In Division 1, Warkworth 1sts had a successful day as they thumped Ulgham 1sts by a big nine wicket margin.

David Covell hit 60, David Loxham 40 and Nick Dodds 34 not out as Ulgham made what they thought was a respectable 168.

William Pringle took 4-48 for Warkworth, but in reply, on a good batting wicket, the away side stormed to victory with Scott Gibson (101) hitting an unbeaten century.

Stephen Dargue hit 50 as warkworth closed in on their target and finished with 172-1 in the 30th over.

Veteran batsman Brian Thompson was the toast of Warenford as he hit an unbeaten century in their 105 run victory over Ashington Rugby in Division 2.

Thompson hit a splendid 120 not out, and with Ryan Thompson adding 38 it meant Waren posted a healthy 212-6 in their 40 overs.

Bennie Tanney with 3-29 was Ashington’s best bowler.

In reply Ashington struggled and it wasn’t until tail-enders Craig Jobson hit 28 and Trevor Elliott 30 that they managed to sneak past the ton mark, their final score being 107 all out in less than 26 overs.

Graham Rogerson and John Hogg claimed four wickets apiece for Waren, who remain top of the table.

In Division 3 Tillside 2nds had a big 204-run victory over Monkseaton.

With Luke Dickson on 76 not out and opener Dave Reay carrying his bat to 74 not out, Tillside made 255-4 in their 40 overs.

Monkseaton then only had two batsmen in double figures, both on 13 runs, as they were skittled for only 51 in less than 22 overs.

In a tight spell of bowling, Davy Robertson claimed a fine 4-6 in six overs.

Also in Division 3, Wooler had a big eight wicket victory over Civil Service 2nds.

With Paul Woodley on 48 and Ross Higginson on 33, Civil Service put on 171 in just over 39 overs.

Robert Matthewson took 3-43 with Andrew Aitchison and Angus Todd taking two wickets apiece.

In reply, Wooler coasted to 177-2 in less than 33 overs with Matthewson on 68 and Todd on 59 not out.

Warkworth 2nds recorded a 158-run victory when they faced Ulgham at home in Division 3.

Warkworth batted first and with opener Graham Huitson hitting six fours and two sixes on his way to a top score of 60, his side put on 223-6.

Best support came from Keith Puddlephatt on 49 and fellow opener John Briggs junior on 39.

Jake Edwards was the pick of the Ulgham bowlers with figures of 4-39.

In reply Ulgham struggled from the off and their highest bat was only 11 as they were skittled for only 65 in just over 21 overs.

Connor Lee took 4-15 with Briggs junior and Tom Burntt taking three wickets apiece.

Rock went down to a five wicket defeat when they travelled to take on Kirkley 2nds.

Rock batted first, but they lost two early wickets and it was only a knock of 66 from Kieran North which helped them post 136, being all out in the 34th over.

Robert Walker took 4-36 and Robbie Burns 3-35 and they did the most damage.

Craig Johnson opened up with 58 in reply for Kirkley, with an unbeaten 39 from David Alexander getting them over the line at 140-5 in the 38th over.

Kevin Wilson took 2-15 off his five overs for Rock.