Teen spirit inspires Alnwick victory

Newcastle City (122ao) v Alnwick (125-5).

Alnwick ended their season with what was eventually an emphatic five-wicket victory, thanks to a stand of 87 by teenagers Daniel Graham and Andrew Scott.

The pair rescued their teammates from a perilous position of 20-4.

Alnwick had earlier dismissed their hosts for 122 with Bateman, Scott and Wright taking three wickets each.

Newcastle won the toss and batted first against the opening attack of Bateman and Threlfall.

The pair bowled tightly and had success when Bateman bowled Shafique and then had S Brar caught by Threlfall.

Sangha and Zafar added 26 before Sangha was caught by Bateman off the bowling of Scott.

Zafar and Singh provided some resistance, but when they went for 20 and 26 respectively, Newcastle collapsed and slumped to 122 all out.

All the Alnwick bowlers should be commended for their efforts.

In pursuit of the small total, Alnwick managed to make the task more difficult than it should have been when Ayre, Brewis, Threlfall and Green were all out cheaply, leaving a score in excess of 100 required.

But Graham and Scott then put together that important partnership, which eventually brought a well-deserved victory.

Scott was unfortunate to be run out when Graham hit the ball straight back only for the bowler to divert it onto the stumps with Scott just out of his ground for a very good 39.

Graham was unbeaten on 58 and Alnwick swept to victory with ten overs to spare.

The game heralded the end of season and sadly the imminent departure of Michael Threlfall, the talented Australian teenager who has had a major influence on the team in this weather-ruined season. He returns home next month.