Tillside on top, but Warkworth defeated

Berwick v Tillside'Gareth Hill batting
Berwick v Tillside'Gareth Hill batting

Berwick (105 all out) v Tillside (203-9)

Tillside took the honours in the Northumberland Cricket League Premier Division when they beat Berwick in a derby clash at the Pier Field on Saturday.

The teams went into the match, which was the final game in the first half of the season, in fourth and third positions in the table respectively.

Tillside batted first and a steady innings with everyone contributing saw them post 203-9 in their 50 overs.

Openers Toby Culham and Gavin Turnbull got them off to a good start with knocks of 39 and 26.

Cameron Beasley and Matthew Whitty added 15 and 17 with Gareth Hill also helping push the score along on 19.

Iain Sim then hit 29 not out late in the innings, and with Matthew McCreath on 15, the scoreboard was kept ticking over. Martyn Elliott was Berwick’s most successful bowler with figures of 3-52 while Bhavesh Soni took 2-14 in a good spell.

In reply, Berwick opener Sean Wales tried to push the score along with 33, but the home side lost a number of cheap wickets and it was only 21 from Rob Patterson which gave any support.

All the other batsmen struggled, and with Alan Hindmarsh claiming 4-8 off just under six overs, Berwick were all out for a disappointing 105, leaving them 98 runs short of their target.

Blagdon Park (279-7) v Warkworth (92 all out)

Third-bottom Warkworth were thumped by high-flying Blagdon Park in the Premier Division on Saturday.

The lowly Castle Field side were aiming to build on their league victory over Ashington Rugby the week before, but found their opponents just too good, and slumped to a 187-run defeat.

Second-in-the-table Park posted a commanding 279-7 off their 50 overs, thanks in the main to Mark Foster’s 69 and 63 from Shaun Collins.

Warkworth also gifted 27 in extras, including 19 wides.

Adam Hall (2-43), Brian Doyle (2-45), Richie Carruthers (1-59), William Pringle (1-38) and Matthew Hall (1-15) struck for the Castle Field side.

Warkworth were blown away in the run chase. Keith Douglas did offer resistance with 40, but his side were dismissed for 92.

Matthew Senior (4-19) was Park’s main hitman, but he was well supported by Alistair Clark (3-10), Paul Johnson (2-4) and Henry Blake (1-28).