Heading into season’s final games on a high

Northumberland Cricket League, Premier Division

Warkworth and Tillside both scored victories on Saturday as the league headed to its conclusion.

Tillside took the honours when they beat local rivals Berwick by 110 runs at Etal.

It was the penultimate round of games in the campaign and the win cemented Tillside’s third-place position in the table behind newly-crowned champions Bedlington and runners-up Blagdon Park.

Berwick won the toss and elected to bowl. It was a decision they were to regret, for home opener Alec Sim carried his bat for an unbeaten 99, which helped Tillside post a score of 202-8 in their 50 overs. Fellow opener Gavin Turnbull gave him the best support with 26, while four others reached double figures. Sean Wales was Berwick’s most successful bowler with figures of 4-44, while Steven Emery took 2-41.

In reply, Berwick got off to a poor start, losing five early wickets. Matthew McCreath claimed three early wickets and Liam Hindmarsh two, as it became obvious where the honours were heading.

Jordan Woodcock (20) and tail-ender James Thompson (16) tried to instil some stability into the innings, but Hindmarsh and Matthew Whitty mopped up the lower order with two late wickets apiece and Berwick were all out for 92 in just 24 overs. Hindmarsh finished with figures of 4-11, McCreath taking 4-31.

Warkworth were also comfortable winners, beating second-placed Blagdon by seven wickets at Castle Field. Adam Hall was the home side’s main man, taking 5-19 off 13 overs as Park struggled, only two batsmen reaching double figures.

Martin Clark (2-27), George Puddephatt (2-17 off 3.2 overs) and William Pringle (1-3) took the others as the visitors were skittled for 73.

In reply, the hosts slipped to 11-2 and then 30-3 before the ship was steadied by top-scorer Michael Sewell (34 not out) and Hall (13 not out), who helped their side across the line in 29 overs.