Tillside travelled to Corbridge on Saturday looking to bounce back from last weeks defeat, on what in the last few years has been a bit of a bogey ground for them
Winning the toss home skipper Andy Dover had no hesitation into putting the Etal men into bat as with all the rain that had fallen it was looking like a green seamer.
Jack Bagness and Liam Hindmarsh both batted well scoring 16, on a day when stroke making was never easy and a heavy outfield meant boundaries were few and far between, but Tillside lost 3 quick wickets to leave them 50-3.
Ross Hindmarsh also with 16 took the score with Jake Birkett to 72 before Tillside again lost 3 quick wickets to leave them at 74-6 from 28 overs. Andy Dover bowling a fine spell finishing on 4-25.
Skipper Gareth Hill took the attack to the Corbridge bowlers and with Duncan Sim(15) added 45 for the 7th wicket. He also had support from Luke Dickson down the order as he finished on 47* taking his team to a challenging total of 159-9.
In reply Corbridge made a decent start and had 40 on the board before Sim had Atkinson trapped in front for 19.
Young Doug McKendrick was putting the bad ball away though and with danger man Chris Fowler they took the score to 71-2 from 20 overs. Ben Toulson and Luke Dickson fought back with the ball and in the next eight overs all but won the game for the Etal side as they reduced the home side to 87-8, Ben finishing with 4-36 and Luke with 3-30.
Andy Dover tried in vain with a quickfire 19 to chase the total down but they were eventually bowled out for 120 a win which keeps Tillside at the top of the league 21 pts clear of nearest rivals Ashington RCC.
Also in the Premier League, Warkworth 1sts had a big nine wicket win over Kirkley.
Andrew Storey hit 44, but Kirkley were all out for 164 (including 48 extras).
Adam Hall took 4-37 and Tom Burnett 3-31.
In reply, Warkworth saw Scott Gibson hit 86 as the castle side strolled to 165-1 in less than 30 overs.
Ulgham lost by 67 runs to Blue Flames.
Blue Flames batted first and made 200 in their 50 overs with David Covell taking 5-62.
Ulgham were all out for 133 in reply with Daniel Campbell hitting the bulk of the runs on 51.
In Division 1 Warenford’s home game against Bomarsund was cancelled because of the weather.
In Division 2, Tillside 2nds had a six wicket home win over Corbridge 2nds.
Corbridge batted first and put on 132-7 in their 40 overs with David Smurthwaite top scoring on 27.
Daniel Caddick was Tillside’s best bowler with figures of 3-25.
Keith Bickerton opened for Tillside and he carried his bate with an unbeaten 62, whilst David Reay added 38 on their way to 134-4 in less than 34 overs.
Embleton went down by 90 runs at the hands of Blue Flames 2nds.
Zachary Brown hit 47 as Blue Flames posted 180-7 in their innings, but in reply, Embleton struggled to only 93 all out with Hedley Grey the top scorer on 33.
In Division 3, Wooler won by 18 runs when they travelled to take on Gateshead EM 2nds.
Wooler batted first and they lost two early wickets, but 60 from Angus Todd, coupled with 34 from Andrew Aitchison and 25 from Thomas Comber saw the Glendale side recover to post 178 all out in 38 overs.
Quereshi took 3-24 and was Gateshead’s top bowler. In reply they saw Sohit Chib top score with 60, but with Aitchison taking 3-33 with the ball, the home side were reduced to 160 in 35 overs.
Alnmouth and Lesbury found themselves without a game when Monkseaton 3rd conceded.
Warkworth 2nds lost by six wickets to Kirkley.
Rory Wilson top scored on 34 as Warkworth made 131, but in reply, Kirkley eased to 135-4 in 35 overs with Kieran Douse on 29.
TAKE IN ROCK REPORT
* Fixtures for the Northumberland League for this Saturday (June 25) are:
Premier League - Berwick 1sts v Warkworth 1sts; Tillside 1sts v Backworth 1sts.
Division 1 - Civil Service 1sts v Warenford; Whitley Bay 1sts v Berwick 2nds.
Division 2 - Backworth 2nds v Tillside 2nds; Embleton v Whitley Bay 2nds.
Division 3 - Wooler v Rock.