Three defeats on the trot

Division A2

Alnmouth & Lesbury I (227-7) v Greenside (229-2)

Saturday saw the third defeat in a row for Alnmouth & Lesbury ones, this time on their travels to Greenside.

Batting first, the Seasiders got off to a slow start and Ian Pearson in particular struggled to find the gaps.

It took 36 overs to post 100 on the board, but with wickets in-hand, the Alnmouth middle order played their shots for the remaining overs. Pearson finished with 53 and Paul Straker 45, and useful runs were scored by Callum Batey (38) and Ben Oliver (50 not out).

Alnmouth’s total was a useful 227-7, but there was always a suspicion it might not be enough.

When Greenside batted, they made Alnmouth pay for their slow start and made batting look much easier and they were always up with the required rate.

Despite the loss of Wilson, bowled by Oliver for eight, Andy Smith (77 not out) and Darren Stephenson (119) took the home team to the verge of victory, which they completed with some ease for the loss of only two wickets.

This defeat sees Alnmouth slip back into mid-table, but two games at home next, starting with Morpeth on Saturday, they will hope to get back to winning ways.