Slick seconds brush aside Morpeth

Alnmouth & Lesbury II (327-5) v Morpeth II (37 all out)

Northumberland & Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division B2

Alnmouth & Lesbury entertained a weak Morpeth second XI in their final match of the season on Saturday.

On winning the toss, the Morpeth captain Parsons decided to bowl first and then had 45 overs to regret the decision as the home batsmen scored runs at will.

Courtney, opening the batting, hit the ball hard and carried his bat throughout the innings.

His opening partner Robinson chipped up a catch carelessly when the score was on 30 but Hinchliffe batted stoically, adding 136 with Courtney until he departed for 30 trying to hit out.

Ali Batey, batting at four, made a quickfire 33 and when he was adjusted lbw trying his sweep-shot once too often, Burnett quickly followed, holing out on the boundary.

Hutchinson then joined Courtney and stroked an attractive 60 runs characterised by 11 boundaries.

Throughout, Courtney maintained his concentration and reached an undefeated 152 from the last ball of the innings, the home side amassing 327 for the loss of five wickets.

In reply, the Morpeth opening batsmen faced Cam Batey and Rich Neil, in search of four wickets to give him 50 wickets for the season in competitive matches.

This incentive proved crucial to Neil who took wickets in his first three overs.

With Batey keeping it tight at one end, Neil took the first fivewickets at the other.

Si Poole joined the attack, taking two wickets for just one run conceded and Neil finished with six wickets for 22 runs. When the Morpeth innings ended they had scored just 37, losing by 290 runs.

Victory left Alnmouth & Lesbury comfortably in the top half of the table in their first season in the league.