Warkworth edge tight clash for first win

Action from Warkworth v Clara Vale.
Action from Warkworth v Clara Vale.

Warkworth I (191-8) v Clara Vale I (187 all out)

Northumberland Cricket League, Premier Division

Warkworth picked up their first Premier Division win of the season with a two-wicket victory over Clara Vale on Saturday.

Home skipper Dargue put Vale into bat first and Clark bowled R Ahmed with the first ball of the match.

The Warkworth bowling attack of Carruthers and Clark looked dangerous and had their opponents 34-3.

But Zayn Ahmed, who scored a century the week before, was once again in fine form and his partnership of 55 with Saeed started to turn the tide. But the introduction of Hall was Saeed’s undoing, with the Vale man dismissed for 14.

With Zayn Ahmed intent on batting through the innings, it appeared that his partners would take a more aggressive stance and the introduction of Alvi quickly moved the score to 145, but one lusty blow too many was attempted off the bowling of Pringle and the veteran Doyle trapped a towering catch to end his stay in the middle.

Despite being in a good position to score 200-plus, Vale’s lower order threw their wickets away and were bowled out for 187.

Zayn Ahmed led the charge with a knock of 80.

Pringle finished with 2-50, Hall closed on 3-45, while Clark, who picked up the last two wickets in two balls, finished on 4-16.

Warkworth’s run chase got off to a bad start, losing Puddephatt early on.

But Doyle and Pringle steadied the ship, before Doyle was out LBW for 20.

With the score 77-2, Dargue came to the crease and looked in good touch. He was the next to go though, departing for 26 with the score 125-3.

This reinvigorated Vale who tore through Warkworth’s middle order. Hall, Anderson and Clark all fell cheaply to leave Warkworth teetering on 157-6.

The in-form Pringle, who looked untroubled with the bat, just needed a partner to stay with him. Glass was to be that man.

Warkworth did wobble again, when Pringle was caught on the boundary for an excellent 59.

But with time running out for Warkworth, Spoors smashed a six to tie the score before Glass smashed a boundary to close on 19 not out and win the game.

○ Bedlington beat Tillside by nine wickets in the Premier Division on Saturday.