Alnmouth (133 all out) v Backworth (263-4)
Northumberland & Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division A2
A week that began with an emphatic 10-wicket victory over Alnwick in the Smithson’s Cup as a result of an opening partnership of 125 by Paul Straker and Tom Vickers, ended with an emphatic home defeat to Backworth.
Backworth arrived at Alnmouth full of runs, bolstered in recent weeks by the inclusion of Ravi Teja who played IPL cricket this year for the Sunrisers Hyderabad and who had shared in a record-breaking league opening partnership of 392 in the previous game against Morpeth.
Batting first on an excellent wicket and lightning-quick outfield, the Backworth openers of Robson and Teja oozed class and the Alnmouth bowlers and fielders had to work hard to contain them.
They eased past 100 before the breakthrough came with the score on 123 when Robson was out lbw to Paul Straker.
Teja then dominated the strike for the rest of the Backworth innings and only when he reached his century did he open up and offer any real chance. Ed Brunton was unlucky not to get his wicket after two chances were spilled in the deep, off his bowling.
Backworth closed their innings with a fine 263-4, with tea finishing with a magnificent 140 not out.
In previous seasons, Alnmouth have chased down such scores but an early set-back saw the loss of Ian Pearson. Paul Straker and Callum Batey then repaired the damage with a partnership of 50.
Disaster then struck when the in-form Straker and captain Tom Vickers were both dismissed lbw in the same over. The innings then struggled to gain momentum and although Batey and Robin Tudor kept the score board ticking, the run rate was climbing.
Tudor’s dismissal for 46 and Batey for 53 proved to be the end of the Alnmouth challenge as the remaining batsmen were dismissed for 133.
This was one of Alnmouth’s heaviest home defeats for a long time and they will look to get back to winning ways on their travels to Greenside this week.