Guy’s the man as Alnwick’s bowlers rip through hosts

Alnmouth openers Paul Straker (007,016) and Tom Vickers (008) in action on Saturday against Shotley Bridge
Alnmouth openers Paul Straker (007,016) and Tom Vickers (008) in action on Saturday against Shotley Bridge

Alnmouth and Lesbury I (205-6) v Shotley Bridge (296-5)

As a mixed first season in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League, Division A1 continues, Alnmouth lost a high-scoring game at home to Shotley Bridge.

Winning the toss, the hosts elected to bowl, but failed to make any early headwind.

The visitors posted 118 before the loss of the first wicket when Lewis Hall was run out by Paul Straker on 73.

Hall was well-supported by fellow opener Phillip Brown (63) as well as scores in the 40s from Paul Greenwell, Daniel Rees and Stuart Graham.

Johnny Ridley took 2-42, Edward Brunton took 1-64 and there was a second run-out, by Ali Batey. The bowlers’ generous 25, however, helped Shotley to a total of 296.

Chasing almost 300, Alnmouth started relatively well and while Paul Straker was run out for 25, fellow opener Tom Vickers scored 77 before he was caught.

Wickets weren’t falling that often, but the run rate was not good enough.

Ali Batey’s 36 and Ian Pearson’s 28 not out helped the home side to 205-6 in their allotted 50 overs, meaning they fell 91 runs short.

It was Alnmouth’s fifth defeat of the season and, with just one win and four draws to their name, they currently sit ninth of 12 teams in Division A1.

They will be hoping to turn the tide this weekend when theytravel to County Durham to take on Lanchester who sit one place above them in the league, albeit with three victories to their name this term.

Alnwick I (59-3) v Greenside (58)

In Division A2, an incredible five wickets for just seven runs from Jamie Guy saw Alnwick romp home to a seven-wicket away win on Saturday.

Hosts Greenside won the toss and elected to bat first, a decision they may come to rue.

Both openers were out for a duck with the number three following soon after for just eight from the bowling of Gareth Bateman (3-19).

Bateman may have thought he would return the best bowling figures, but that was before Guy set about ripping through the rest of the Greenside line-up.

Tom Robertson took the other two wickets, also for just seven runs, as the home side were bowled out for 58 with six batsmen scoring 0.

Chasing a very modest total, Alnwick didn’t perhaps make as easy a job of it as they might.

Opener Andrew Scott was trapped lbw for one and Lawrence Reeves was caught for a duck, while bowling hero Guy was bowled for 19.

However, Rob Woods (25 not out) and David Forrest (seven not out) ensured the visitors got across the line at 59-3 in just 16.3 overs.

Greenside’s S Ali took all three of the Alnwick wickets, for just 12 runs off his eight overs.

Alnwick’s fourth win of the season means they are up to fifth in the league and they will be looking to build on this as they host bottom side Morpeth this weekend.