One-sided derby day in between the showers

Paul Straker bowling for Alnmouth & Lesbury against Warkworth on Saturday (July14).
Paul Straker bowling for Alnmouth & Lesbury against Warkworth on Saturday (July14).

Warkworth (107 all out) v Alnmouth & Lesbury (108-2)

The home side eased to an eight-wicket victory in the all north Northumberland tie in the Northumberland League Premier Division.

And it meant even more than derby-day pride as going into the match Alnmouth were top of the table with Warkworth sitting in third.

Winning the toss, the away side decided to bat first, although this soon proved to have perhaps been the wrong call.

Opener Daniel Younger, who top-scored for Warkworth with 22, was bowled by Ben Oliver with the score on 29, and from then on Warkworth lost wickets at regular intervals. Oliver, who took three wickets for 27, and star man Ian Clough, with 5-33, ripped through the away side’s batting line-up to leave them all out for 107.

A few players managed scores in the teens or 20s but no one could really get the innings going in a big way.

In reply, Alnmouth did not make fuss as they chased down the total for the loss of just two wickets, in just 27 overs.

There was a slight slip-up when Ian Pearson was caught for four by Steven Anderson off the bowling of Martin Clark.

And the home side were 17-2 after Peter Robinson was trapped lbw by Chris Younger for just one.

However, from there on it was plain sailing, as Paul Straker (36 not out) and Tom Vickers (52 not out) saw Alnmouth & Lesbury over the line.

The victory sees them extend their lead at the head of the Premier League to 68 points over second side Blagdon Park.

Warkworth are a further five points behind them.

This tie was one of only a handful of matches played across the SG Wealth Management Northumberland League due to the weather.