Table-toppers Alnmouth ease to yet another win

Tom Vickers batting for Alnmouth and Lesbury
Tom Vickers batting for Alnmouth and Lesbury

Alnmouth & Lesbury smashed Berwick in a north Northumberland derby on Saturday, a win that sees them stay top of the table.

But while there was victory for Alnmouth, near neighbours Warkworth and Tillside slumped to defeat in the Northumberland Cricket League Premier Division.

Alnmouth &Lesbury bowler Nick Denton is seen after his superb 9 wicket haul v Berwick

Alnmouth &Lesbury bowler Nick Denton is seen after his superb 9 wicket haul v Berwick

Batting first, Berwick were restricted to 125 as Nick Denton was on fire with the ball for Alnmouth, taking an astonishing 9-43.

As Denton got to work, Berwick slipped to 3-2 and then 13-3 with most of the batting line-up offering little resistance in the face of the onslaught.

Only three batsmen made it to double figures with James Patterson contributing more than his fair share with 40.

Extras racked up the second-highest score with 31 – this helped Berwick passed the 100 mark.

Ben Oliver contributed the missing wicket with a caught and bowled.

Tom Vickers then hit an unbeaten 64 in the run chase, as Alnmouth raced to a winning 129-2 to earn an eight-wicket victory. Ian Clough finished on 20 not out.

The Berwick wicket-takers were Steven Emery and Martyn Elliot.

Warkworth were made to toil away in the league’s top flight, as Blagdon Park beat them by 115 runs.

Shaun Collins was the home side’s top scorer, firing 72 from 69 balls, to help his side close on 238-9.

Opener Russell Hughes also chipped in with a useful 30.

All of the Warkworth bowlers went for runs, although Martin Clark took three wickets (for 53) and Daniel Younger and Steven Lee took two apiece.

In reply, Michael Sewell (44) and Adam Hall (34 not out) led a middle-order fightback for the away side but it was always going to be a battle, having gone from 10-0 to 22-5.

None of the top-five batsmen made it to double figures, and despite Sewell and Hall’s efforts, the Castle Field side were restricted to 123-8 from their allotted 50 overs.

Pick of the Blagdon bowlers was Alistair Clark, who took three wickets for just nine runs, while Matthew Senior also took three, for 39 runs.

The loss meant the north Northumbrians slipped to fourth in the league.

Tillside also tasted Premier Division defeat on Saturday in a match reduced by rain to 47 overs per side, losing at home to Bedlington by 78 runs.

Batting first, the victors scored 228-7, with fine knocks from Sean McCafferty (72) and Kevin Harnett (53).

Luke Dixon returned the best figures for Tillside, taking three wickets for 35 runs. Alan Hindmarsh took 2-48.

McCafferty proved just as dangerous with the ball, taking 4-56, as Tillside were dismissed for 150.

Matthew McCreath top-scored with 44 down the order but it was not enough.