Two wins in two days for the U15s

Alnmouth and Lesbury Under 15s

A MAN-of-the-match performance by Jonny Ridley helped Alnmouth progress into the ECB cup semi-final at the expense of Benwell Hill on Sunday.

Alnmouth were put into bat and county bowler Mohammed Shinwari took three early wickets to reduce the home side to 10 for 3, but then Ridley, assisted by the middle order, helped post a competitive total of 111 for 5.

Ridley retired scoring 50 not out and Alex Robson (20), Edward Brunton and Rob Burnett all made double figures.

The Alnmouth bowlers all bowled well and were assisted by some good catching.

Alex Robson bowled the dangerous Shinwari for 15 but the real drama came in the 15th over with Benwell Hill 62-4 and still in with a chance of victory.

With the second, third and fourth balls, Jonny Ridley grabbed a hat-trick and this was followed by a run-out off the next ball, to leave Benwell Hill 64-8.

The innings was then quickly wrapped up and the visitors bowled out for 72, leaving Alnmouth victorious by 39 runs.

Ridley finished with the match ball and the fine figures of 3 for 8 off his four overs.

Ali Batey 2-6, John Briggs, Alex Robson and Edward Brunton were the other wicket-takers.

On Monday and back in league action, Bomarsund were the visitors to Alnmouth and Jonny Ridley was again in the runs.

Having run out his opening partner with the score on 22, he hit a useful 39 (his first dismissal in four games) off 55.

Responsible batting by Ben Briggs (14), Edward Brunton (13 not out) and Will Young helped set Bomarsund 112 to win.

It was clear after the first few overs that the visitors did not have the fire power to get close to the Alnmouth total.

Using nine bowlers, Alnmouth were able to keep Bomarsund down to 63 for 8 and secure victory by 48 runs.

The wickets were shared by Will Young (2), Edward Brunton, Brad Little, Ali Batey and Ben Courty.