Valuable away win and points for Seasiders

Alnwick v Whickham. Andrew Scott bowling for Alnwick.
Alnwick v Whickham. Andrew Scott bowling for Alnwick.
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Alnmouth & Lesbury I (155) v Burnopfield I (78)

Alnmouth and Lesbury firsts gained valuable points with their third win of the season in Division A1 of the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, away at Burnopfield.

The visitors lost the toss and batted first on a rather damp and green wicket.

Openers Tom Vickers and Paul Straker put on 35 for the first wicket before Vickers was caught behind for 15.

Callum Batey then joined Straker and they took the score up to 70 before Straker was adjudged to be lbw for a useful 40.

After Batey was third out for 14, the middle and lower order offered little resistance with only Ian Pearson (24), Brian Brooks (14) and Ali Batey (15no) reaching double figures, which saw Alnmouth all out for a useful 155 in the 49th over.

Burnopfield’s innings got off to a disastrous start with opener Harry Lovell run out for zero without facing a ball.

Things suddenly got a whole lot worse as they were reduced to 12-3 after two wickets for Nick Denton, one coming from an exceptional reaction catch by Jonny Ridley.

Two further excellent catches, this time by Ali Batey and Charles Anderson left the home team floundering on 23-5.

Alnmouth’s bowlers kept the pressure on and completed a 77-run victory as Burnopfield were dismissed for 78.

Nick Denton finished with great figures of 4-11 from 10.5 overs while Ben Oliver (3-24) and Robin Tudor (2-17) were the other wicket-takers.

Alnmouth are now fourth-bottom in the table, having overtaken Burnopfield, and with a 30-point cushion over the bottom two.

Alnwick I (170-7) v Whickham I (171-1)

In Division A2, Alnwick’s ones fell to a nine-wicket defeat in a midtable clash against Whickham, who are now above the north Northumbrians in the table.

Batting first, Alnwick only managed to post 170-7 from their innings with many batsmen failing to make it to double figures.

The exceptions were opener A Scott who scored 36 before he was caught, D Wright’s 60 not out plus 15 from L Reeves and 25 from M Harrison.

In reply, Whickham made it to their victory target for the loss of just one wicket, although R McIntyre had to retire hurt.

The damage was done by M Armstrong (88), before he was bowled by sole Alnwick wicket-taker Gareth Bateman, and M Parr (68).

Alnwick’s fifth loss of the season sees them lying in seventh in the table with four games of the season remaining.