Northumberland Cricket League, Premier Division
Tillside I moved to second in the table, joint on points with leaders Stocksfield after a five-wicket home win over Blyth.
The visitors were put into bat and started well with opener David Dent eventually top-scoring with 45 before he was caught and bowled by Alan Hindmarsh.
However, the next highest scorer was extras with 23 and this lack of back-up led to Blyth being bowled out for 140. Hindmarsh was the pick of the bowlers, taking 6-17.
In reply, there were useful knocks from all of the top six batsmen as Tillside made it to 141 with five wickets and 45 balls to spare. Cameron McGregor top-scored with 36 not out.
Warkworth I were another side that could only post a sub-par total as they hosted Bates Cottages.
Batting first, they were all out for 133 with William Pringle top-scoring on 34. Paul Baston took 5-20 for Cottages.
In reply, Adam Hall took 6-28, but it wasn’t enough as the visitors scored 135-7 to win by three wickets.
In the performance of the day, hosts Embleton won by 279 runs over Monkseaton III.
Batting first, the home side scored 316-7 thanks to half-centuries from Paul Carss, Liam Turnbull, Matthew Leetham and Hedley Grey. They then bowled the visitors out for just 37. Grey took five wickets for 13 runs.
In another healthy win, Warenford (265-5), with an unbeaten 127 from Brian Thompson, beat Kirkley (88).
Elsewhere, there were wins for Tillside II and Howick, while Warkworth II lost.