Morgan hat-trick topples the league leaders Tillside at home

Warkworth's Keith Douglas at the crease against Berwick 2nds. Picture by Steve Miller
Warkworth's Keith Douglas at the crease against Berwick 2nds. Picture by Steve Miller

Northumberland Premier League leaders Tillside suffered a heavy ten wicket home defeat when they went down to Backworth on Saturday.

Tillside lost the toss, and this was to prove decisive, as the Etal side were bowled out for only 67 runs, with iain Sim out for a ‘golden duck.’

Jake Birkett got the bulk of the runs (27), with Liam Hindmarsh on 19.

Sean Whitty stuck around and provided some resistance before being dismissed for 0 off 27 balls, whilst Gareth Hill was also out for a duck as Tillside’s innings started to look disastrous.

Duncan Sim was the next to go and he was the first victim of a hat-trick from one of the Backworth bowlers as Cam McGregor and Luke Dickson quickly followed for golden ducks.

The bowler who claimed all the glory was J Morgan, who finished with figures of 5-1, including his three on a row.

Backworth then chased down the total with no trouble despite both openers being dropped once.

Also in the Premier League, Berwick beat Warkworth by 24 runs.

James Patterson top-scored with 38 as Berwick posted 113, all out in the 43rd over.

William Pringle bowled a very economical 3-7 for Warkworth, who also saw Adam Hall claim three wickets, for the loss of 35.

Warkworth lost two early wickets and it appeared as if they might be struggling.#

Keith Douglas went on to make 35, but the rest of the innings failed to hit the required rate and at 81-8 it was obvious the had a task on their hands.

In the end they came up short at 89 all out, with Michael Shearer taking 3-12 and Steven Emery 3-18.

Ulgham went down by 26 runs when they travelled to take on Gateshead EM in the Premier League.

The home side batted first and were 133 all out with Aqueel Ahmed their top scorer on 42.

Darrell Campbell took 3-19 and Chris Cowe 3-43 for Ulgham with the ball.

In re-ply, opener Colin tait hit 42, but fellow opener Adam tait (12) was the only other bat in double figures as the home bowlers enjoyed the favourable conditions.

In the end, Ulgham were 107 all out in the 32nd over, with Javed Mirza the pick of the gateshead bowlers with figures of 5-21 off ten overs.

In Division 1, Warenford’s game at Civil Service was cancelled because of the weather.

In Division 2, Tillside 2nds suffered their first defeat of the season as Backworth complete the weekend double over the Etal club..

Tillside batted first and got off to a good start as Kieran Bullen (32) joined Keith Bickerton (19) in opening the batting.

Jamie Pick and Peter Thomas then chipped in with 14 and 12 respectively. After that not many batsmen provided much resistance apart from Danny Caddick who finished on 14* as Tillside were reduced to 111-8 off 40 overs.

The visitors then got a good start with the ball as Backworth were 22-3 off 10 overs, thanks to two great opening spells from Callum Bickerton and Danny Caddick. The Robertson duo then replaced the opening bowlers and again they were both economical, with Davey 3-20 off 10.

Despite Bickerton and Caddick both claiming two wickets apiece, Backworth got the runs they needed with two balls to spare.

Embleton had a one wicket win over Whitley Bay 2nds.

Whitley Bay were all out for 82 with John Wilkin taking 3-3 and Hedley Grey 3-35.

Embleton had Philip Grey top score on 25, but the rest of the bats failed to find their feet on a good bowling wicket although they managed to limp over the line at 84-9.

In Division 3, Wooler had a 19-run home win over Rock.

As wickets tumbled around him, Andrew Aitchison hit 78 not out as Wooler put on 110, with Thomas Parkinson claiming 4-26. In reply, three Rock bats got into the 20s, but they were all out for 91 with Aitchison taking 3-23.

In the derby clash between Warkworth and Alnmouth it was the visitors who came out on top by 32 runs.

Richard Elliott hit 33 and Jonathan Fortescue 27 as Alnmouth posted 140all out, with Paul Smith takling 3-13 and John Briggs 3-17.

Warkworth, in reply, had Luke Napier hit 39, but they were all out for 108 in 36 overs with four Alnmouth bowlers (Richard Elliott, Darren Grey, Henry Robson and Patrick Ford-Hutchinson) taking two wickets apiece.

The Divisuion 3 game between Ulgham and Gateshead EM 2nds was cancelled due to the weather.

The conditions also forced the cancellation of both Alnwick teams’ games in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League.

Alnmouth 1sts were also without a game, whilst the 2nds won by eight wickets at home to Ryton.

The Tynesiders batted first but were all out for only 75. Alnmouth replied with 77-2 for a comfortable victory.