Local rivals notch victories in the race for league glory


WARKWORTH and Alnmouth & Lesbury both recorded convincing victories in the Northumberland Cricket League Premier Division on Saturday.

An unbeaten century from Chris Younger helped see defending champions Warkworth to an eight-wicket triumph over Bomarsund while a devastating bowling performance from Alnmouth – including a seven-wicket haul from Nicholas Denton – steered them to an emphatic 166-run win over Bates Cottages.

But there was defeat for Tillside in the league’s top tier, as Bedlington beat them by 62 runs.

Warkworth made it two Premier Division wins out of two with a home victory over Bomarsund.

It was the visitors who batted first after winning the toss and reached 230-8 off their 50 overs thanks to an unbeaten 54 from Colin Thornton and 62 from Gary Bell.

For Warkworth, Doug Potts (3-34) – which included two stumpings from Stephen Dargue – and Chris Younger (2-44) took five victims between them, while Martin Clark (1-48), Adam Hall (1-28) and Daniel Younger (1-61) picked up a wicket each.

But while Chris Younger impressed with the ball, he proved to be even more ruthless with the bat, smashing an unbeaten 105 off as many deliveries, including 12 fours and three sixes, to help steer the Castle Field side over the finishing line.

Warkworth ended on 233-2 off 42.5 overs, with Billy Pringle (79 not out) and Dargue (20) also contributing. Dan Younger was out for a duck.

Victory was also on the cards for rivals Alnmouth & Lesbury who picked up their first Premier Division win of the season after falling to an opening day derby defeat to Warkworth.

Batting first, Alnmouth hit 224-9 off their allotted 50 overs.

Tom Vickers was the leading scorer with a knock of 66, which included seven fours, while Ian Pearson (34), Jonathan Denton (22), Andrew Hodgson (19) and Robin Tudor (11) all reached double figures.

But it was the erratic bowling which really helped Alnmouth to their total with the Bates Cottages bowlers gifting 46 runs in extras, including 35 wides.

There was to be no erratic bowling in the Alnmouth ranks though as they dismissed their opponents for just 58 in under 20 overs.

Nicholas Denton ended with figures of 7-23, while Ben Oliver finished with an impressive 3-6 off five overs, inspiring Alnmouth to a 166-run victory.

Tillside were unable to make it two Premier Division wins out of two as they slipped to defeat against Bedlington.

Bedlington hit 195-6 off their 50 overs, with John Mason top scoring with 51.

Gareth Hill (1-19), Cameron McGregor (1-55), Matthew McCreath (2-51) and Alan Hindmarsh (2-36) picked up wickets for Tillside.

Opener Gavin Turnbull was Tillside’s top scorer with 25 – although Bedlington also conceded 27 extras – as Tillside fell to 133 all out; Bedlington’s Paul Straker (5-21) doing the bulk of the damage.

Ulgham Village opened their Division One account with a six-wicket victory over Kirkley.

Ulgham bowlers David Moore (4-47), Roy Haygarth (4-35) and Darrell Campbell (2-34) helped dismiss Kirkley for 179 before Ulgham posted a winning reply of 180-4, with Colin Tait 77 not out and Campbell run out on 46.

But it was not a winning start for Stobswood Welfare in Division One, as Monkseaton won by four wickets. Top scorer for Stobswood was A Wingfield with 46 as Welfare reached 162-9 but Monkseaton won the match, ending on 163-6. Michael Beverley (4-51) was the pick of the Stobswood bowlers.

In Division B2, Ulgham Village II beat Kirkley II by 14 runs. Batting first, Ulgham were all out for 104 with Adam Tait leading the way with 51.

But wickets from Chris Cowe (4-2), Peter Donkin (3-20), Mark Barrass (2-23) and Michael Brown (1-14) dismissed Kirkley for 90.

There was also a Division B2 win for Stobswood Welfare II as they beat Monkseaton III by 47 runs. Welfare finished on 204-7, with Graeme Appleby top scoring with 34.

Monkseaton’s batting attack was blunted though as they ended on 157-7 with K Dullaghan (3-32), P Patterson (2-21) and A Todhunter (2-51) for Welfare.