Positive approach helps Alnmouth secure victory

Tom Vickers on his way to 37 for A&L at Whickham on Saturday
Tom Vickers on his way to 37 for A&L at Whickham on Saturday

Whickham I (88) v Alnmouth & Lesbury I (242 -6)

After a spell of indifferent form, a positive approach was needed by Alnmouth & Lesbury as they faced a tricky away game at Whickham.

Upon winning the toss, captain Tom Vickers elected to bat and for the first time this season opened the innings with Paul Straker.

The pair played positively against some hostile bowling and put on 58 until Vickers was bowled in the 12 over.

Straker went for 22 in the 18th over and Jonny Denton soon followed for 10.

Callum Batey and Ian Pearson added an excellent 82 for the fourth wicket before Batey was dismissed for a well-played 61.

The innings was given impetus in the last few overs by Ben Oliver who hit 42 not out from just 20 balls as the visitors finished on 242-6.

Pearson was the last wicket to fall for 44.

The Alnmouth opening bowlers of Ben Oliver and Nick Denton soon took control.

The break-through came when Davison fell to a slip catch from Andrew Hodgson off the bowling of Denton.

When the dangerous Parr was caught by Batey off the bowling of Oliver for just five, and Whickham were 31-2, Alnmouth knew they were in with a chance.

Wickets fell steadily and by the mid-point of the innings Whickham had slumped to 66-5, two of the wickets being fine reaction catches by Andy McDonnell.

Denton and Oliver then turned the screw as they bowled six consecutive maidens and took two further wickets. Robin Tudor took three wickets in five balls to dismiss Whickham for 88.

Oliver finished with 4-37, Denton 3-29 and Tudor 3-10.

Alnmouth and Lesbury II (91) v Tynedale II (164)

Following their victory against Alnwick, Alnmouth & Lesbury IIs took on Tynedale full of confidence.

Tynedale won the toss and batted first. Opener Paul Scandle top-scored with 45 and there were valuable contributions from William Dagg (29), Jack Speed (22) and Mark Clark (31).

Ed Brunton (4-34), Peter Robinson (3-47), Rich Neil (2-38) and Alex Robson (1-40) struck for the Seasiders.

But Alnmouth were unable to overhaul Tynedale’s total and never got going with the bat; Ed Brunton and Chris Hinchliffe top-scoring with 13.

Alnmouth lost by 73 runs, with Tynedale’s opening bowlers – Ben Richardson (4-47) and Mark Clark (6-39) – doing the damage.