Northern sides both fall to third defeat

Warkworth and Tillside both fell to defeats at the weekend in the Northumberland Cricket League Premier Division, which sees them in the bottom four at this early stage of the season.

Warkworth played host to Stocksfield at Castle Field, winning the toss and putting the visitors into bat.

The home side got off to a decent start, with Martin Clark and Adam Pringle taking two wickets to leave the south-west side at 48-2.

But the innings hinged on a high-scoring, third-wicket partnership between Alex Brown and Steven Henderson. Opener Brown scored 105 off 118 balls, including 11 fours and two sixes, before being caught and bowled by Adam Hall, while Henderson hit 42.

There were no other major scorers in the Stocksfield ranks, but by the end of their 50 overs, they were 235-9. Hall was the pick of the bowlers with 4-42 off his 13 overs.

In reply, the home side lost both openers cheaply - Keith Puddephatt for three and Brian Doyle for a duck - and never really recovered, although Stephen Dargue hit 62 and Keith Douglas chipped in with a 40.

Warkworth were bowled out for 192, falling 43 runs short, in large part due to Andrew Wood’s 5-23.

Tillside travelled to Blagdon Park, who won the toss and elected to bat.

The Tillside attack managed to take wickets at regular intervals, but the home side managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Shaun Collins scored a quickfire 56 off 53 balls and he was backed up by scores in the 20s from opener David Gibson, Paul Johnson and Greig Senior.

Park were finally bowled out in the 50th over for 192, a reasonable target for Tillside to chase.

Liam Hindmarsh, Matthew Whitty and Alan Hindmarsh all took three wickets.

Chasing a target of under 200, the away side also lost regular wickets in the top order, slumping to 89-5, despite 35 from Gavin Turnbull.

There was a brief revival as a 39 from Ross Hindmarsh and 53 from Gareth Hill got Tillside within range, before Hindmarsh was caught and Hill began to run out of partners. The north Northumbrians were all out for 172 with Park’s Johnson taking 4-42.