Tillside stay top after win

Tillside II stayed top of the table in the Alnwick and District League after a nine-wicket win over Warkworth II on Saturday.

Elsewhere there were victories for Mitford, Rock and Warenford.

Warkworth II batted first on their home pitch after being put into bat by the visitors.

And this turned out to be a good decision for the away side as their attack ripped through the hosts’ batting line-up.

Wickets fell at regular intervals as Warkworth were bowled out for 78 inside 32 overs.

Only two batsmen – Chris Kirtley (19) and Luke Napier (15) – managed to make it to double figures and there were also three ducks.

Pick of the bowlers was Kevin Logan, who took 5-29 off his 12 overs, but he was well-supported by Craig Robertson’s 3-17.

Calum Bickerton (1-14) and Lee Dodd (1-1) took the remaining wickets.

Tillside made light work of chasing down the total, losing just one wicket as opener Jake Birkett fell after scoring 47, including eight fours.

Fellow opener Keith Bickerton chipped in with 19 not out and Andrew Reed was still at the crease with three as the visitors made it to 79-1.

Rock won by 17 runs at Howick/Alnmouth and Lesbury in a low-scoring match.

Batting first, the away side saw wickets tumble at an alarming rate.

Opener Kevin Wilson managed 10 before he was caught and the next three batsmen fell for ducks.

The saviour of the innings was David Gray who scored 58 and Rock managed to make it to 98 before they were all out in the 29th over.

Pick of the Howick bowlers was Anthony Elliott, who took five wickets for 37 runs off 12 overs, which included four maidens. Paul Roberts ended with figures of 2-22 off five overs.

In reply, the home side started off well with opener Joseph Dilnot scoring 36.

Unfortunately, he was the top-scorer and received little support from the other batsmen, apart from Anthony Elliott, who scored 17.

Howick were all out for 78 in the 31st over, leaving Rock the victors by 17 runs.

Mitford eased to a 94-run away win over Embleton, thanks to a solid first-innings total of 195 all out.

This was in large part thanks to Yogen Jagatsinh’s 65, but he was well-supported by the rest of the top six, who all scored double figures.

Opener Andrew O’Neill chipped in with 20 and Andy Gaynor scored 22. The extras total of 27 also helped the away side get close to 200.

Pick of the bowlers was Hedley Grey, who took four for 32 off 12 overs, while richard Alsept took 3-42 in 11 overs.

Chasing 196 for a win, Embleton’s Martin Grey (19) and Liam Turnbull (28) got started, but couldn’t develop a big innings with all of the other batsmen, bar one, out for ducks or single-figure scores. After 32 overs, the home side were all out for 101 with Dan Tuite doing most damage with the ball, taking four for 39 off his 11 overs.

B Shah took three wickets for just 23 runs in 10 overs.

A swashbuckling 70, which include nine fours, from opener Kevin Thompson helped Warenford to a 40-run home victory over Wooler.

Winning the toss and batting first proved fruitful for the home side, who also had Graham Rogerson contribute a useful 28, including five fours, as they managed 184-8 off their 45 overs.

The wickets were shared around the Wooler attack, although Andrew Aitchison saw the best return with 2-27 off 12 overs. Paul McKenna took one wicket for five runs in his two overs.

In reply, Wooler’s first four batsmen all made useful starts, but only Anthony Murray (38) made it past 21.

The rest of the batting line-up continued to fall at regular intervals, which saw the away side all out with two balls to go on 144.

Thompson matched his fine batting performance by taking 5-38 off 10 overs with the ball.