Second win of season for improving Alnwick

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Alnwick secured their second win of the season when they beat Backworth by 43 runs.

Thanks to herculean efforts from groundsman Gavin Turnbull, the match started on time and captain Andrew Scott elected to bat first on a bone-dry wicket but very wet outfield.

The decision looked questionable as the home side lost wickets at regular intervals. Poor shot selection and suicidal running were to blame for the downfall of too many batsmen. Only Aussie David Forrest made a score of note (38) as Alnwick were bowled out for a disappointing 129 in 46 overs, Backworth leg-spinner Bajaj returning good figures of 4-24.

In reply, a fired-up Alnwick knew that if they were to win the game, they had to produce the bowling performance of the season. Openers Jonny Roxburgh and Max Harrison applied good early pressure and this enabled Scott to introduce himself and David Wright into the attack with the batsmen on the back foot. The pressure told immediately as wickets fell to both bowlers.

As wickets continued to fall the highlight was a superb diving catch from Daniel Graham to dismiss the dangerous Race off the bowling of Wright.

Roxburgh returned to claim the deserved wicket of Robson as the visitors were dismissed for 87. Scott and Wright returned figures of 4-17 and 4-21. This was a crucial win for the bottom club.