Tough defeat

Ed Brunton bowling for Alnmouth on Saturday.
Ed Brunton bowling for Alnmouth on Saturday.

Ashington I (243-3) v Alnmouth & Lesbury I (216-7)

Alnmouth & Lesbury found league-leading Division A2 side Ashington just too good on Saturday – but the Seasiders put in a decent shift.

Ashington won the toss and elected to bat. It proved the right decision, with their top-order doing the damage.

Openers Daniel Grant and Neil Wood scored 71 and 60 respectively while number three Simon Prudhoe was unbeaten on 71.

Alnmouth’s Tom Vickers claimed a stumping off the bowling of Paul Straker (1-45), who also ran out Sonu Singh for 14. Andrew McDonnell (1-35) also struck.

In reply, Alnmouth put in a good fight and started well, moving to 144 before losing the first wicket; Vickers dismissed by Singh for 69. The Seasiders lost men at regular intervals thereafter, slowing down the run-rate, and they eventually fell just short.

Straker was the other half of the first-wicket stand with Vickers. He went for 88, dismissed by that man Singh, who closed with 4-51.

Team-mate Callum Storey took 2-53 while Alnmouth’s Johnny Ridley was run out.

N’land and Tyneside Senior League, Division A2

Ashington I v Alnmouth & Lesbury I

Ashington I

D Grant c B Oliver b A McDonnell 71

N Wood s T Vickers b P Straker 60

S Prudhoe not out 71

S Singh run out P Straker 14

G Williams not out 2

Extras 25

Total (3wkts) 243

Bowling: E Brunton 12-1-34-0; N Denton 15-5-33-0; B Oliver 9-1-50-0; A McDonnell 4-0-35-1; P Straker 8-0-45-1; R Tudor 2-0-23-0.

Alnmouth & Lesbury I

P Straker c D Potts b S Singh 88

T Vickers c A Nichol b S Singh 69

C Batey c D Grant b C Storey 13

J Ridley run out S Prudhoe 1

B Oliver c D Potts b S Singh 25

A McDonnell c D Potts b S Singh 0

R Tudor not out 10

T Poole b C Storey 0

E Brunton not out 1

Extras 9

Total (7wkts) 216

Bowling: C Storey 13-0-53-2; S Singh 12-1-51-4; C Watson 12-1-42-0; G Williams 9-0-45-0; C Wood 4-0-23-0.

Alnmouth II (59-0) & Lesbury II v Ryton II (57)

Alnmouth II recorded an emphatic 10-wicket victory.

Ryton II chose to bat, but were all out for 57, as Peter Robinson (4-12), Rich Neil (3-12), Simon Poole (2-11) and Alex Robson (1-11) were in ruthless form.

Robinson (37no) and Joe Courtney (14no) then steered the Seasiders to victory.