Threadbare Alnmouth slip to defeat as Cowgate record three-wicket victory

Alnmouth & Lesbury II (182-8) v Cowgate Sports II (184-7)

Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division B2

A much-depleted Alnmouth & Lesbury II side fell to a three-wicket home defeat against Cowgate Sports II on Saturday.

The north Northumberland side went into the match on the back of a victory at Chopwell at the start of June.

Alnmouth skipper Mark Brunton won the toss and on what was a beautiful afternoon, he had no hesitation in batting first. The track looked good for batting, after being expertly prepared by head groundsman John Bound.

Brunton decided to open the batting himself, together with Dilnot, and the home side got off to a fluent start.

After 20 overs they were 87-0.

The first wicket fell when Dilnot was bowled by Latif for 30. Brunton then moved to 44 before he was adjudged lbw against the spin of Choudry.

Wickets fell at regular intervals for the remainder of the innings with opening bowler Ali returning to claim three wickets.

Alnmouth’s new signing Tom Riddell was making his home debut and was undefeated on 19 when the innings closed on 182-8.

In reply, Cowgate showed that they would play their shots in pursuit of the total, with opening batsman Khan being particularly aggressive.

However it was the home side that took the initiative when Ed Brunton bowled Gilchrist for eight. Barlow trapped Khan for 37 and Robson bowled Hafeez for 14.

When Gibson entered the attack and took wickets in his first two overs Cowgate were struggling at 91-5 with overs running out.

Ali then joined Garaga at the crease and they set about repairing the innings.

They took the total to 130 when Garaga holed out for 44 from the bowling of Ford-Hutchinson.

Latif then joined Ali and together they accelerated the scoring rate and took Cowgate to the brink of victory.

With two overs remaining Ali launched a six out of the ground and Cowgate claimed the win by three wickets, finishing on an excellent 41.

SCORECARD

Alnmouth & Lesbury II

J Dilnot b Latif 30

M Brunton lbw b Choudry 44

M Barlow b Choudry 8

E Brunton c Eshan b Murtaza 18

G McDonald c Chadha b Choudry 1

T Riddell not out 19

A Robson b Ali 12

D Knox b Ali 4

G Evison b Ali 12

P Ford-Hutchinson not out 1

Extras 33

Total (8wkts) 182

Bowling: M Ali 7-1-21-3; S Chadha 10-3-31-0; A Khan 5-1-19-0; H Eshan 2-0-13-0; N Latif 9-3-35-1; S Choudry 8-2-26-3; U Murtaza 4-1-12-1.

Cowgate Sports II

D Gilchrist b E Brunton 8

A Khan lbw b Barlow 37

Y Hafeez b Robson 14

S Garaga c Knox b Ford-Hutchinson 44

S Chadha c Ford-Hutchinson b Gibson 5

H Eshan b Gibson 1

M Ali not out 41

N Latif c E Brunton b Ford-Hutchinson 13

U Murtaza not out 6

Extras 15

Total (7wkts) 184

Bowling: P Ford-Hutchinson 11.5-2-58-2; E Brunton 12-1-38-1; A Robson 9-2-38-1; M Barlow 5-0-24-1; G Gibson 5-2-13-2.