The joy of six for Wilkin

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In the performance of the weekend in the Alnwick and District Cricket League, Embleton’s John Wilkin took six wickets for just 19 runs as well as a run-out.

His brilliant spell meant that Mitford were bowled out for just 37 with five batsmen registering ducks. Matthew Lees was top-scorer with 12 not out.

In reply, Embleton cruised to victory in just 11 overs, although they did lose opener Liam Turnbull for six. Paul Carss was unbeaten on 23.

Elsewhere, Wooler had a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Rock.

Rock batted first and were all out for 105 with Roderick Bell their top scorer on 33.

Oliver Paige hit 28, but Robert Matthewson claimed 4-37 with the ball, while Michael McLean, Andrew Aitchison and Stephen Mills all claimed two wickets apiece.

McLean hit an unbeaten half-century (51) as Wooler eased their way to the win. Les Porteous also hit 27 as the home side coasted to 106-2 in the 29th over.

Wooler now sit in second, but Tillside remain top of the table without hitting a ball, after Warenford conceded.

Bottom club Howick registered their first win of the season after a five-wicket home win against Warkworth.

Batting first, the away side stuttered at first as the two openers were both out for just eight runs apiece.

The ship was steadied by Luke Napier (32) and Keith Douglas (55), before a flurry of run-outs later in the innings meant that they were reduced to 152-7 after 45 overs.

A solid batting display was the Howick response as openers Richard Elliott (20) and Archie Elder (41) set the foundations before further double-figure scores from the top order including 34 not out from Robert Burnett took them to the line. Connor Lee took four wickets for 51 and was the pick of the bunch for Warkworth.

In the T20 President’s Cup on Sunday, Warenford recorded a 28-run victory over Tillside.

Warenford batted first and put on 174, Jack Bagness claiming 5-37 for the Etal side.

In reply, despite a knock of 45 from Liam Hindmarsh and 39 from Jamie Pick, Tillside reached 146-9.

Also in the cup, Wooler beat Embleton by 49 runs.

With Anthony Murray hitting 55, and knocks of 28 and 27 from Andrew Aitchison and Michael McLean, the Glendale side posted 185-7.

Embleton struggled from the start with McLean and Stephen Mills taking early wickets and they were all out for 136.