Results as bleak as the weather

But results for Alnmouth & Lesbury, Tillside, Stobswood Welfare and Ulgham proved to be as bleak as the weather has been in what has become a rain-hit season, as all four teams fell to defeat.

The deluge did leave its mark on some fixtures though, including Warkworth and Stobswood Welfare twos who had their respective matches cancelled.

In the Premier Division, Alnmouth lost to high-flying Blue Flames, who kept the pressure on league-leaders Bedlington with a 33-run victory.

F Ahmed proved to be the star of the show, hitting an unbeaten 59 with the bat before taking 5-21 with the ball.

The Flames had posted 159-5, with Ahmed top-scoring, and S Pennington adding a valuable 31.

Ben Oliver (2-45), Callum Batey (1-10), M Denton (1-25) and I Pearson (1-54) struck for Warkworth.

But Ahmed was to be the thorn in Alnmouth’s side, knocking the stuffing out of the top-order. M Amsari (3-13) and K Brown (1-25) also got in on the action as Alnmouth toiled and eventually fell short of the Flames total.

Ian Pearson and Jonathan Denton were joint top-scorers with 19, as Alnmouth closed on 126-9.

Tillside’s winless Premier Division streak continued as they slumped to a six-wicket defeat to relegation-threatened Bomarsund.

A century from Stephen Thain and a half-century from Colin Thornton took the game away from Tillside and helped Bomarsund’s side’s cause in the fight against the drop.

Things had started well for Tillside though, with opening batsmen Toby Culham and Keith Bickerton putting on a first wicket stand of 106.

And having recovered from losing their second wicket without adding to the total, Tillside steadied the ship again to move from 106-2 to 159-3.

But wickets fell at regular intervals thereafter and the north Northumberland side were dismissed for 223 – although number three batsman Cameron McGregor had to retire not out on 17. Culham top-scored with 59.

Gary Mordey (3-53) and Jack Concannon (3-58) were the leading wicket-takers for Bomarsund on the day.

Like with the bat, Tillside got off to a positive start with the ball, striking early to have their opponents 16-1. But that was as good as it got for them, as Thornton and Thain shared a second-wicket stand of 167 to put the game firmly in Bomarsund’s favour.

Thornton eventually fell for 52 and Thain departed for 120, and while Tillside grabbed a fourth wicket soon after, the damage had already been done, leaving Gary Bell (six not out) and Nick Whiteman (10 not out) to steer Bomarsund over the victory line, with a winning reply of 227-4.

Matthew McCreath (2-38) and Stuart Wright (2-49) struck for Tillside.

Berwick’s run of good form came to an abrupt end as they fell to a 59-run defeat against Bedlington, who continued their assault on the Premier Division title.

The league leaders were all out for 127, with Berwick’s Scott Middlemist taking 6-34, but the Pier Field side could not overhaul that total, dismissed for 68.

The only other Premier Division match saw Bates Cottages (139 all out) beat Blagdon Park (98 all out) by 41 runs.

Warkworth’s trip to Corbridge and Clara Vale’s clash with Stocksfield were both cancelled.

In Division One, Ulgham Village’s promotion push was dealt another blow as they fell to a heavy eight-wicket defeat against Ashington Rugby.

Dean Greaves caused chaos in the Ulgham batting ranks, taking 7-10 off 13 overs as Village were skittled for just 39. It could have been even worse too if it hadn’t had been for tailender Chris Herne who topscored with 13.

Ashington won the match, posting 40-2 in under 20 overs.

David Moore (1-18) and Roy Haygarth (1-4) took the two wickets for Ulgham.

Things were not much better for Stobswood Welfare as they lost by five wickets against Monkseaton.

Batting first, Welfare scored 155-9 with Keith Appleby leading the way with 31.

C Coulson (3-26) took the most wickets for Monkseaton.

But an unbeaten 52 from Craig Faulkner helped guide the high-flyers to victory as they closed on 157-5, heaping more misery onto bottom-of-the-table Welfare.

P Patterson (1-41), Ian Watson (2-43) and Daniel Watson (1-53) had taken the wickets for relegation-threatened Stobswood while Cameron Butler was run out.

There was also a Division One victory for Blyth, who beat Whitley Bay, but Gateshead Ethnic Minorities’ Division One match with Kirkley was cancelled.

And it was the same outcome in Division B2 as all three matches – New Hartley Village twos v Stobswood Welfare seconds, Bates Cottages twos v Civil Service seconds, and Kirkley twos v Hebburn seconds – were called off.