Benwell & Walbottle I (150-8) v Alnmouth & Lesbury I (148)
Alnmouth & Lesbury travelled to Benwell & Walbottle on Saturday hoping to keep their good run going.
Without Tom Vickers and Ben Oliver, Alnmouth batted first and got off to a poor start when stand-in captain Paul Straker was out for one with the score on one.
Ian Pearson and Callum Batey, however, repaired the damage before Batey was dismissed with the score on 72.
Meanwhile Pearson had completed an excellent half-century in what was his best innings of the season so far.
Sitting at 83-2, Alnmouth were well placed, however, once Pearson was out for 54 there followed a middle-order collapse which put an entirely different complexion on the game as five wickets fell for just 16 runs.
A good last-wicket partnership of 25 by Edward Brunton and Nick Denton helped to push the score to 148 all out.
Club professional Hassan Raza has a great day in the field taking a career best 7-44 as well as running out Andy McDonnell.
Defending a low total, Alnmouth’s bowlers applied early pressure and took regular wickets. With Benwell on 92-5, Alnmouth sensed they had a chance. This belief intensified as the home team lost two wickets on 131 and still required 18 with only two wickets remaining.
Just as he had with the ball, it was Hassan Raza who thwarted the visitors as he hit an unbeaten 52 to see his team to victory in the 48th over.
Nick Denton finished with 4-41 from his 15 overs and the other wicket-takers were McDonnell (two), Ian Clough and Straker.
Alnmouth play Seaton Burn at home on Saturday.
Alnmouth & Lesbury II (246-4) v Benwell & Walbottle II (121)
On winning the toss, the visiting captain surprisingly asked the home team to bat first.
Robinson and Courtney opened the batting for Alnmouth and preceded to lay a solid foundation with Courtney stoic in defence and Robinson unleashing an array of attacking shots.
The first wicket did not fall until the score was 112, when Courtney was run out for 29.
Robinson continued until he had made 86 runs and in attempting another lofted drive, he miscued and was caught in the deep.
This brought together Hinchliffe and Ali Batey and together they added 64 runs until Hinchliffe sacrificed his wicket for 28 in search of quick runs. Batey remained undefeated on 55 when the innings closed on 246 for the loss of only four wickets.
Benwell got off to the worst possible start against the sizeable opening attack of Ridley and Neil, when Neil bowled opening batsman Bertram in the third over.
Anderson and Denehy then added 40 runs until Neil struck again when Anderson drove the ball to Ford-Hutchinson for him to take a well-held catch.
The change bowlers, Robson and Ford-Hutchison, both chipped in taking important wickets as the visitors started to fall well behind the required run-rate. It was the 33rd over of the innings that proved the most remarkable.
Bowled by Neil, it started with the home captain Brunton surprising all present by taking a running catch in the deep, two balls later Neil bowled the batsman Hall and next ball found the outside edge to be on a hat-trick.
This was avoided, but soon after Neil was sent into seventh heaven when he took the final wicket, returning figures of 7-40.
The visitors were bowled out for 121, leaving Alnmouth victorious by 125 runs.