Tillside IIs bounced back from the disappointment of losing last week’s Tate Cup final by smashing struggling Alnmouth & Lesbury/Howick by 133 runs on Saturday - going top of the Alnwick and District Cricket League in the process.
The emphatic victory was inspired by opening batsmen Sam Culham and Keith Bickerton, who helped the victors to a daunting total of 276-8 from 45 overs.
Culham hit a quickfire 67 from 45 balls, including nine fours and two sixes, while Bickerton found the rope 13 times during his knock of 77.
Middle-order contributions from Cameron McGregor and Ronan Atkinson - both scoring 32 - and Sean Whitty’s 35 aided the tally.
Their bottom-of-the-table opponents used nine bowlers in an attempt to halt the assault. Paul Roberts took 4-42 from eight overs, including a caught and bowled dismissal of Culham. Richard Elliot (1-68), Evan Moir (1-34) and Alistair Tudor (2-12) also struck.
In reply, the seasiders were dismissed for 143.
Opening bowler Kevin Logan ended with figures of 2-9 from six overs, including three maidens. Other wicket-takers were Adam Rutherford (1-30), Craig Robertson (2-23), Calum Bickerton (1-27), Duncan Sim (1-35) and Cameron McGregor (2-2).
Number five batsman Simon Mavro put up a brave fight, with a defiant 61 from 64 balls, including seven fours and three sixes.
Wooler went from top to third as they lost to high-flying Embleton, who climbed above their opponents.
Embleton’s decision to bowl first paid off, dismissing the Glendale side for 161.
Hedley Grey (2-31), Philip Grey (2-32), Richard Alsept (3-27) and Gary Davison (3-38) were the hitmen with the ball.
Anthony Murray top-scored with 41 and Aaron Scott hit 28. Number 11 Stephen Mills frustrated the Embleton bowlers, unbeaten on a plucky 28.
But Embleton chased down the total in just over 36 overs. Hedley Grey scored 50, while Paul Carss (24) and Martin Grey (23) chipped in. Liam Turnbull and Gary Davison saw their side over the line, with unbeaten scores of 27 and 20 respectively, as Embleton posted 162-4.
Half-centuries from Andy Gaynor (89) and Graham Potts (55 not out) helped Mitford beat Warenford by 14 runs.
Bhavesh Patel chipped in with a valuable 21 as the victors posted 225-9.
Tony Potts (4-61), Kevin Thompson (3-46), Graeme Turner (1-29) and Brian Thompson (1-42) were the Warenford wicket-takers.
Despite 58 from Alan Sinton and 54 from Brian Thompson, Warenford were unable to muster a winning reply.
Richard Brown (3-55), B Shah (2-38), Dan Tuite (3-34) and Yogen Jagatsinh (1-34) all struck for Mitford as their opponents were dismissed for 211.
Rock romped to a 169-run triumph over Warkworth IIs.
David Short (69), Roderick Bell (68) and Michael Williams (25) led the charge as Rock posted an imposing 223-8.
John Briggs (3-42), Olly Webster (1-40), Adam Jobson (1-22), Jamie Pringle (1-17) and Dominic Plumley (2-55) took the wickets.
The Castle Field side collapsed to 54 all out, with Oliver Page (2-10), Thomas Parkinson (1-28), Stephen Gray (3-11), Alex Woodcock (2-5) and Andrew Gray (0-1) all striking.
Olly Webster top-scored with 17.