Top three make hay while the sun shines ... at last

FOR the first time for many weeks Saturday’s league fixtures in the Alnwick and District Cricket League went ahead as scheduled without interruption from the weather.

And the leading teams all made the most of the improved conditions – the top three notching victories as the race for the title remains wide open.

At the end of play, Mitford remained top, nine points ahead of both Warenford and Wooler, all with three games to play.

Mitford beat Berwick by 52 runs after scoring 200-6, thanks mainly to an innings of 91 not out by M Fowler.

Alnmouth and Lesbury set Warenford a target of 176 and the home side responded by achieving it in the 41st over for the loss of only two wickets, the in-form Brian Thompson hitting an unbeaten 93.

Earlier, airman Peter Robinson scored 97 in a total of 175-9 for the visitors.

Wooler kept their title hopes alive with an 88-run win over Tillside, Mark Murray (62) and Robert Matthewson (5-14) in good form.

In the other games, Warkworth won a closely-contested match against Rock by 11 runs following a season’s best bowling performance of 8-23 by Brian Doyle and an earlier unbeaten 69 by Stephen Lee.

Headley Grey with 6-24 and John Wilkin with 4-35 dismissed Howick for 62 in reply to Embleton’s total of 136.