Heavy defeat for Castle side

Warkworth CC v Stocksfield CC.  Warkworth bowler Martin Clark takes a return catch to dismiss the Stocksfield opener, Steven Henderson, for 74.  Picture: Ian Appleby
Warkworth CC v Stocksfield CC. Warkworth bowler Martin Clark takes a return catch to dismiss the Stocksfield opener, Steven Henderson, for 74. Picture: Ian Appleby

Northumberland Cricket League, Premier Division

Warkworth’s rusty start to the season continued on Saturday as the lost at home by 120 runs to Stocksfield.

Batting first, the visitors faced little threat from the home bowling attack, losing just three wickets as they posted a mammoth 256.

Opener Steven Henderson scored 74 in a 128-run opening partnership with Ben Archer (44), which was backed up by 47 not out from Andrew Wood and an unbeaten 40 from Sam Mannion.

Martin Clark, Connor Lee and Brian Doyle took a wicket apiece for the hosts.

Chasing such a total, the last thing you want is to lose an early wicket, but that’s what happened to Warkworth as opener Keith Puddephatt fell for four with the total on just nine.

From then on, wickets fell at regular intervals with three scores in the 20s helping the home side to 136-9 in their 50 overs.

It was a rosier afternoon for Tillside, who recorded their second victory of the season, winning by three wickets at Berwick, who won the toss and decided to bat.

Scott Middlemist scored 45, but only his fellow opener Anthony Murray (11) made it to double figures in a total of 122, which was improved by a generous 31 in extras.

Alan Hindmarsh took 3-10 for the visitors alongside two wickets for just four runs from Cameron McGregor and another double from Matthew Whitty.

Toby Culham was the star man with 65 not out as Tillside chased down the total inside 26 overs.