A number of cricket fixtures were washed out at the weekend, but several north Northumberland sides managed to secure victory.
In Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A1, Alnmouth & Lesbury secured their first league win of the season defeating Annfield Plain by one wicket in a tense finish.
After tremendous efforts by the Alnmouth groundstaff, play got underway at 3pm in a match reduced to 35 overs. Nick Denton maintained his 100 per cent record of winning the toss and asked the visitors to bat first.
The openers started well and looked comfortable against accurate bowling taking the score along to 57 without loss before spinners were introduced into the attack. It was Paul Straker that made the first breakthrough, having Carr well caught by Oliver for 30. At the other end, Russell Hughes soon got among the wickets, picking up Neil Killeen, and then going on to take another four wickets to finish with five for 32 from his seven overs. Perhaps the most satisfying sight for the home team was the encouraging bowling spell by left-arm spinner Henry Cope, who finished off the innings with three wickets and recorded three for six from 3.1 overs on his club debut.
Annfield Plain were dismissed in the 33rd over for just 103, with – a rarity for Alnmouth – all 10 wickets falling to spinners. Alnmouth started their innings comfortably with Hughes and Straker putting on 32, but after Hughes departed for 21, Straker, Vickers and Ridley soon followed leaving the home team struggling on 38-4.
Peter Robinson and Ian Pearson steadied the ship before a further group of wickets fell and despite some useful blows by Ben Oliver, the home team were staring at defeat on 95-9 when debutant Cope was joined by Denton.
Showing nerves of steel, Cope batted calmly and waited for the bad ball, dispatching two boundaries to see the Seasiders home to the narrowest of victories with five overs to spare. For Annfield Plain, Killeen and Aaron Halliday both took three wickets.
In Division B1, Alnmouth’s twos didn’t play, nor did Alnwick’s first or second team.
In the Northumberland Cricket League, Premier Division, Tillside I’s winning streak was ended as they lost by 27 runs at Bates Cottages.
The hosts were put into bat and posted 129-9 from their 35 overs with Alan and Liam Hindmarsh each taking three wickets.
In response, the visitors lost regular wickets, slumping to 66-8 before Stuart Wright’s 41 temporarily steadied the ship. It was too little, too late though as Tillside were bowled out for 102.
There was a better result for the north Northumbrians second team (92-4), who beat Ulgham Village II by six wickets in Division Three in large part thanks to Davy Robertson’s five wickets for 25.
Warkworth ones were also victorious in Division One as they romped to a 145-run win at Berwick II.
The visitors batted first and posted a commanding total of 228-6 from their 50 overs with openers Stephen Dargue (86) and Scott Gibson (50) scoring well at the top of the order.
Martin Clark then took five for 16 as the hosts were bowled out for just 83.