North Northumbrians snatch league points record from neighbours

Alnmouth & Lesbury established a new league points record as they recorded their seventeenth win of the season at the weekend.

The 27 points the league champions earned at home to Blagdon in the Northumberland Cricket League, Premier Division took them to 510 points, 24 points higher than the previous record and 109 points clear at the top.

League runners-up Blagdon started their innings as if they meant business and soon had 50 on the board, but once Russell Hughes was dismissed for 41 the Alnmouth bowlers started to dominate and a steady stream of wickets fell.

Ben Oliver was the star performer taking 6 for 36, while the other wicket-takers were Ian Clough (two), Paul Straker and Peter Robinson as the visitors were dismissed for 129 in 43 overs.

Alnmouth’s early-order batsmen made patient progress and Straker (38), Robinson (14) and Callum Batey (16) brought Alnmouth in sight of victory.

The loss of a further three quick wickets however meant that calm nerves and focus were required to see the home team to victory. Jonny Denton (27 not out) and Ben Oliver (11 not out) duly obliged and ensured no further mishaps.

The win rounded off a great season with Paul Straker finishing on top of the Premier League batting averages and Ben Oliver ending up as the league’s top wicket-taker.

The previous league record had been held by Warkworth, who lost by 151 runs at Bedlington in their last game of the season.

Batting first, the home side managed a very respectable 210-7 from their 50 overs. Adam Hall was the pick of the Warkworth bowlers, taking two wickets for 21.

But in an end-of-season slump, the north Northumbrians were bowled out for just 59 in 23 overs. No one managed to score over 14. Peter Finch, taking five wickets for just 29 runs, was Bedlington’s star man.

Elsewhere Tillside finished the season on a winning note, beating Bates Cottages at home by 108 runs.

The first to bat, the home side were all out within 36 overs, but thanks to a half-century from Liam Hindmarsh, they had racked up 181. And Hindmarsh was on fire again with the ball, taking 3-15, along with Alan Hindmarsh (3-8) and Matthew Whitty (3-28), as Bates were bowled out for 73.