Points record in sight for newly-crowned champions as they notch another victory

Newly-crowned champions Alnmouth & Lesbury won again at the weekend, earning 29 points to take them within four points of a league record.

The north Northumbrians won by seven wickets at Corbridge in the Northumberland Cricket League, Premier Division, and they have one game left to break the record.

Batting first, Corbridge posted a challenging 191-8 with Nick Denton (3-30) the pick of the Alnmouth bowlers.

But the away side managed to chase down the target with seven wickets to spare.

Paul Straker (93 not out) was just short of his first century of the season, while Ben Oliver was 39 not out.

Straker’s innings was the eighth time this season he has scored over 50 and his league average is now 86.

Straker, Tom Vickers and the currently-injured Ian Pearson have scored more than 1,700 league runs.

The league points record is currently held by neighbours Warkworth, who won convincingly by 147 runs on Saturday at Blue Flames.

Batting first, the away side managed a total of 237-6, in large part thanks to a 135 from Daniel Younger. Stephen Dargue chipped in with a 41.

In reply, the Warkworth bowling attack ripped through Flames’ batting line-up with Martin Clark (3-5) and Chris Younger (3-19) the pick of the bowlers.

Elsewhere, Tillside (172-9) beat Stocksfield (141 all out) by 31 runs with Cameron McGregor scoring a half-century for the north Northumberland side.