Northern sides flying high at top of tables

Northumberland Cricket League round-up

Tillside I failed to hold onto top spot in the Premier Division despite a comfortable home win over Gateshead Ethnic Minorities.

The away side won the toss and elected to bat first, but saw two of their first three batsmen go for ducks.

Faizaan Ahmed top-scored with 52, but his side was bowled out for 142.

Cameron McGregor and Matthew Whitty both took three wickets for 21 and 43 respectively.

In reply, openers Ross Hindmarsh (30) and Jack Bagness (22) laid the foundations before Lian Hindmarsh (39 not out) and Jake Birkett (38 not out) saw the hosts across the line (143-4) in 27 overs.

In Division One, league leaders Warkworth’s first team romped to a 10-wicket win over visitors Hebburn I.

The South Tynesiders chose to bat after winning the toss, but may have regretted that decision when they found themselves all out for 51 inside 19 overs.

Martin Clark did the damage, taking seven wickets for just 22 runs as he ripped through the visitors.

George Puddephatt took two for two off his two overs with William Pringle taking the 10th wicket.

In reply, the home side chased down the score for no loss with Scott Gibson scoring 31, including seven fours.

Hebburn also served up 20 extras in just 5.5 overs.

Monkseaton, also table-toppers, made it three victories from three for the north Northumberland sides in the top three divisions after beating Corbridge II by 95 runs.

This was in large part thanks to 110 from opener Brian Thompson, who also took four for 11 with the ball, which included a hat-trick.

He was well-supported by 94 from fellow opener Daniel Patterson in an imposing total of 266-3.

The south-west Northumberland side fell well short, closing their innings on 171-9.

As well as Thompson’s heroics, Tony Potts took two wickets for 38.

In Division Three, Embleton secured the heftiest win of the afternoon, thrashing Monkseaton III by 210 runs at home.

Unfortunately for those wanting an early tea, the hosts won the toss and elected to bat, posting a commanding score of 238.

The home side lost their openers cheaply, but Matthew Leetham (56), in at three, scored a half-century, which included nine fours.

The top score of the day came further down the order as Hedley Grey smashed 89, including 10 fours and two sixes.

The bowlers then went out their business in record time, ripping through the Monkseaton batsmen for just 28 runs. Pick of the bowlers were Philip Grey (3-5) and Tom Harrop (3-9).

Elsewhere, Tillside twos were 60-run victors over Wooler, who were bowled out for 124 with Kevin Logan taking 4-27.

In the first innings, Tillside posted 184-5, in large part thanks to 98 from Keith Bickerton, which included 12 fours.

In a close encounter, Howick/Alnmouth & Lesbury (159-7) beat Warkworth II by just 12 runs.

Joseph Dilnot hit a half-century for Howick while John Briggs scored 67 for the visitors.

Civil Service II conceded against Rock.