Silverware wait goes on

Ashington (128-6) v Alnwick (113-9)

Alnwick travelled to Ashington for the League Cup final on Friday as they looked to bring home their first bit of silverware for many years.

Captain Woods’ choice of bowling first looked to be the right one as Ashington found themselves in a hole at 7-3.

Ashington eventually finished on 128-6 with the main contribution coming from Grant who finished 50 not out; Scott being the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2-12 from five overs.

In reply, Alnwick lost wickets regularly thanks mainly to Singh who blew away the top order as he finished with four wickets, leaving the away side struggling on 53-7.

Woods (25) and Wright (19) looked to rebuild Alnwick’s innings but it was always going to be a tough task despite a number of wides from ex-England international Steve Harmison.

A huge amount of Alnwick support eventually saw the away side finish 15 runs shy of where they needed to be.

Newcastle City (150 all out) v Alnwick (164 all out)

Following the narrow loss in the League Cup final to Ashington, Alnwick needed to bounce back as they travelled to Newcastle City on Saturday.

Alnwick batted first and despite losing the early wicket of Green, both Graham (58) and Threlfall (65) carried on from last week’s heroics to put the away side into a great position.

The 94-run partnership finally came to an end with the score on 110 and caused a collapse in Alnwick’s middle to lower order with eight wickets falling for 54 runs leaving Woods stranded on 16 not out.

An innings that included four people failing to trouble the scorers and only had three people pass double figures meant Alnwick finished on a below par 164 all out.

Following the interval Alnwick got off to the best possible start with Scott picking up the first wicket, then Bateman with the second to leave Newcastle City on 28-2.

Shafiq played positively and along with a lucky Sohail started to build a partnership to put the home team in control.

The change of bowling got the breakthrough as Wright claimed the important wicket of Shafiq for 41.

Bateman (2-28) bowled his 15 overs off the reel and eventually got Sohail to leave Newcastle City 103-5 and the game evenly poised.

A peculiar innings from Ahmed (19) included facing six maidens in a row off Wright before eventually being caught on the boundary.

Wickets continued to fall as Roxburgh claimed two crucial wickets before Scott (4-38) finished the home side’s innings on 150; 14 runs short of Alnwick.

Alnwick II (112-3) v Leadgate II (108 all out)

Alnwick II returned to winning ways after two consecutive defeats with a seven-wicket win over Leadgate.

The visiting captain won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a batsman-friendly wicket.

Andrew Wright and the returning Chris Woods opened the attack for Alnwick, with Wright instantly having success removing McCabe first ball of the innings.

Leadgate recovered well and made Alnwick wait 10 overs until they got their next breakthrough with Wright having Hackedy bowled for 22.

This left Leadgate 35-2 off 11 overs.

Wickets then came at regular intervals for Alnwick, with Tom Woodburn getting the next breakthrough having Dobson bowled.

Woodburn (3-15) got the next two Leadgate wickets having Walker bowled and then Walls caught behind by Lobb.

The Alnwick bowlers restricted Leadgate as runs were few and far between.

Max Harrison and Matty Dixon were the next Alnwick bowlers to pick up wickets.

Harrison had the impressive McCabe caught behind for 27.

Then Dixon had two wickets in two balls getting both Smith and Muddy bowled, Dixon (2-13) couldn’t get the breakthrough for a hat-trick.

Harrison (2-20) picked up the ninth Leadgate wicket having Bell trapped leg before for eight.

Wright was brought back into the attack but couldn’t find the last Leadgate wicket despite moving the stump but the bail didn’t fall.

Wright (2-24) had the last laugh having Muldoon run out for 10 with Leadgate finishing 108 all out.

The young Alnwick side knew if they batted sensibly they would walk away with the 20 points. Pete Matthewson and Harry Lobb set about the Leadgate total.

Matthewson and Lobb mixed aggressive shots with solid defence and Alnwick found themselves 40-0 off nine overs.

Matthewson departed in the next over being bowled by McCabe for 13.

Thompson and Harrison both came and went for 0 and 5 respectively with McCabe (2-19) and Murray (1-29) picking up the wickets.

This saw Ali Graham join Lobb and soon after Lobb brought up his second two’s half-century.

After reaching his half-century Lobb played aggressively launching Smith for a six into the football club.

Graham played well giving Lobb most of the strike as Lobb finished the game launching Murray for four to give Alnwick the win.

Lobb finished 76 not out and Graham five not out with Alnwick 112-3 off 22 overs giving Alnwick a comfortable win. The young Alnwick side should take great confidence into next week’s tough match at Burnopfield.