Promising signs for the future

Swalwell (174-7) v Alnwick II (172-5)

Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division B2

ALNWICK Seconds travelled to high-flying Swalwell on Saturday again under rain-threatened skies. After a delayed start due to a heavy downpour, Alnwick were inserted by the hosts.

Thompson and Woods got off to a patient start due to some fine bowling from former Premier League bowler, O’Neill. Woods departed early and was replaced by his brother Rob, who looked to increase the scoring rate.

Thompson (38) batted with his usual elegance, and departed soon after yet another rain delay. Woods was joined by Armin who played an aggressive knock (35 from just 30 balls) including some exquisite leg side strokes.

Once Armin departed, Woods (43) played fluently including striking two mighty sixes to lead the early season bet with Grey.

Skipper Stewart (26 not out) managed to hobble out to the middle defying the hamstring snipers from mid-week, helping Alnwick set a respectable total of 172-5 in 39 overs.

Swalwell managed to hold their nerve and knock off the required runs with just seven balls to spare.

Promising signs from Alnwick, with more players making contributions and a great team spirit.

Unfortunately, the fielding efforts from previous games was missing, costing the side dearly. A special mention must go to Kyle Hollingworth and Ollie Holst, who both took four wickets in the midweek cup loss to Ponteland, a great effort from both, Hollingworth in his first ever competitive bowl.