Alnwick (168-6) v Backworth (167 all out)
Wellstream Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division A2
AN undefeated half-century by Jamie Guy following an impressive six-wicket haul by David Wright made sure Alnwick’s current successful run continued as the home side won by four wickets against Backworth, thus moving Alnwick into the top half of the league table.
While Wright took the honours in the first innings he was backed up by O’Hara, Guy, Graham and Roxburgh who all made telling contributions. The fielding continues to improve giving confidence to the bowlers.
Guy, who top-scored, was assisted by solid knocks by Kelly, Brewis and Armin.
Batting first, Backworth made the worst possible start, losing the first two wickets for five both falling to Steve O’Hara.
However, any thoughts that it would be easy for Alnwick were quickly dispelled as Charlton and Puri produced a stand of 110.
The introduction of Jonathan Roxburgh had immediate success as he bowled Charlton in his second over.
Wright bowled Minto and then captured the wicket of Puri who was well caught in the deep by the reliable Scott for 71.
Backworth never recovered fully from this reverse and Wright continued to take wickets and the visitors were dismissed for 167.
Wright’s six for 48 being the best bowling by an Alnwick bowler this season so far.
Michael Brewis and “Gracie” Kelly started the reply with Kelly in particular attacking the bowling and this pair had scored 49 when Kelly was out for 26 including six fours.
Green fell shortly after leaving Brewis and Guy to take the score to 77 before Brewis was lbw.
Scott joined Guy and they added a further 15 before Scott was adjudged to be lbw. Rob Woods hit a six and a four to continue the momentum and Graham fell for nine leaving Alnwick requiring a further 35, the belligerent Armin with a six and two fours and the steady Guy saw Alnwick safely home with six overs to spare.
Alnwick travel to league leaders Ponteland on Saturday as they enter the second half of the league programme hoping to continue the improvement that has occurred over the past few weeks.
The match was again sponsored by former Alnwick and Northumberland star Roy Jowsey and his wife Vera who are keen followers and supporters of Alnwick cricket.