Seconds show early-season promise

Seaton BURN II (160 all out) v ALNWICK II (161-3)

Alnwick Seconds travelled to Seaton Burn on Saturday (April 30) in high early-season spirits despite a heavy opening-day defeat at the hands of title hopefuls Ponteland.

Skipper Stewart again won the toss and again inserted the home team, showing great faith in a side packed with youth and experience.

Opening bowlers Roxburgh and Woods did little to disappoint, despite a few early boundaries from Carr.

Jonny Roxburgh disturbed the timbers of Alderson and Farqhar whilst also removing danger man Carr.

Woods, meanwhile, bowled with accustomed control, keeping the runs down to a minimum, leaving Seaton Burn wobbling at 30-3.

Several dropped catches and a partnership later, it looked as though the Alnwick heads would drop.

However, Barker (2-25) recovered from a shaky start with numerous deliveries aimed at third slip, to pick up key wickets of Redpath and Dixon, taken superbly by Barker himself showing great reactions.

Catches were also held by Grey, Lakey, Holst and casually by Woods before Roxburgh returned to clean up the tail with the aid of his old man, Mark, who bowled a solitary over, picking up two wickets.

Roxburgh Junior finished with excellent figures of 5-33, leaving Alnwick a target of 160.

Captain Stewart set about the task with Woods both playing with caution to some wayward bowling.

Boundaries were found, though, and Alnwick were well on their way when Woods was dismissed for 11.

Roxburgh (31) carried on from where he left off with the ball, striking it positively to find the boundary on several occasions and dominating a stand of 48 with Stewart.

Bateman arrived at the crease with Andrew Stewart playing anchor, a perfect captain’s role and still picking off the bad balls to keep the score ticking over.

Filled with a range of strokes, Stewart (67 not out) brought up his half-century to great delight among the ranks and by the time Bateman had departed, the evergreen Thompson (15 not out) arrived with the home sides heads stooped and finished the game with a flourish and nine overs to spare.

A sure sign of things to come for this Alnwick side and, with players to return, more victories should be imminent. It was then time to celebrate as well as trying to fit bags in cars for the return journey ... a great effort by all!