Warkworth blown away by marvellous Murray

An unbeaten 98 from Wooler’s Anthony Murray helped his side secure a 10-wicket win over Warkworth IIs on Saturday in the Alnwick and District Cricket League.

But the Glendale-based side stayed second in the table as league-leading Tillside IIs picked up a four-wicket victory over struggling Howick–Alnmouth & Lesbury.

Murray finished two short of his century with a knock which included 15 fours and two sixes. His opening partner Les Porteous scored 11 not out as he allowed his big-hitting teammate to steal the show.

The pair’s first-wicket stand took Wooler to their target inside 25 overs, with the victors finishing on 114-0.

Warkworth had earlier been dismissed for 111.

Top-order batsmen Graham Huitson and Steven Lee built a good foundation for the Castle Field side; Huitson out for 22 and Lee dismissed on 50, before Warkworth crumbled.

Michael McLean (4-28), Andrew Aitchison (3-21) and Robert Matthewson (2-30) did the damage with the ball.

Tillside IIs remained top thanks to their win over the basement side.

Craig Robertson was the leading wicket-taker for Tillside, taking 4-16, as Howick were all out for 76.

Resistance was offered by Anthony Elliott, with an unbeaten 38.

Despite the low score, Tillside lost a string of wickets in the run chase. But they posted a winning reply of 79-6. Andrew Reed top-scored with 19 while Howick’s hitmen included Evan Moir (2-22) and Darren Gray (2-14).

Hedley Grey put in a man-of-the-match performance for third-placed Embleton as they beat Rock by six wickets. He took 5-16 before hitting an unbeaten 44.

Number seven batsman Thomas Parkinson had led the fight for Rock with a knock of 31, but his side were all out for 91.

Embleton lost their first four batsmen cheaply, but that unbeaten score from Grey, coupled with Gary Davison’s 26 not out, took their side past the winning line.

Oliver Page (3-34) and Kevin Wilson (1-31) had given Rock early hope.

Brian Thompson hit an unbeaten 73 and teammate Graham Rogerson scored 53 as Warenford beat Mitford by seven wickets.

Mitford were dismissed for 148, with number 10 batsman Andy Lees top-scoring with 21 not out.

Kevin Thompson (3-27) and Tony Potts (3-41) did the bulk of the damage with the ball.

But second-bottom Mitford were blown away by half-century men Brian Thompson and Rogerson as Warenford finished on 152-3.