Warkworth stay third

WARKWORTH kept hold of third place in the Premier Division with a four-wicket victory at Tillside.

The home side batted first but were ripped apart by the Warkworth bowling attack ending up 97 all out.

Daniel Younger took 4-19 off eight overs and George Puddlephatt knocking over three wickets for 21.

It could have been worse if Warkworth hadn’t given away 54 extras, far and away Tillside’s top-scorer.

In reply, Warkworth chased the total down in 35 overs for the loss of six wickets.

The pick of the batsmen was Stephen Dargue, who finished 39 not out after the top order had struggled. Matthew McCreath and Matthew Whitty took three wickets apiece for Tillside.

Alnmouth & Lesbury were also bowled out for a less-than-brilliant total in their clash with Stocksfield, slumping to 69 all out.

Stocksfield primarily had Andrew Wood to thank as he took four wickets for one run, ably supported by Alistair Thirlwell (3-16).

The home side then made short work of chasing down the total, getting over the line in just 16 overs for the loss of two wickets. Duncan Ayre top-scored with 33.

Elsewhere, Blue Flames and Bedlington are locked on the same points total at the top of the table after both winning at the weekend. Blue Flames’ total of 213 was enough to overcome Blagdon Park, while Bedlington dismissed Clara Vale for 92 and went on to win by eight wickets.

There were also wins for Berwick at Bomarsund and Corbridge over Bates Cottages, largely thanks to Tristram Douglas’s 6-26.

Division One saw a narrow one-wicket victory for Stobswood Welfare in their derby with Ulgham Village.

Put into bat, Ulgham managed to score 122 all out with Mark Plummer contributing a valuable 40.

Despite a good start to the innings, Ian Watson ripped through the top and middle order to end with figures of 4-15. Ulgham’s Chris Herne also took four wickets (4-24) as Stobswood just managed the win for the loss of nine wickets. A Wingfield top scored with 31.

In the day’s other matches, Ashington Rugby won by eight runs at Whitley Bay, Gateshead Ethnic Minorities romped to a 84-run victory at Monkseaton and Kirkley defeated Blyth by eight wickets.

In Division B2’s derby clash it was Ulgham who came out on top, beating Stobswood by eight wickets.

Batting first, Stobswood made 150-6 thanks to thirties from A Mollon (32), A Todhunter (34) and Graeme Appleby (36).

Ulgham’s David Loxham took an economical 3-27 off his ten overs.

Mark Skinner (57 not out) helped his side to victory for the loss of just two wickets, taken by A Mollon and K Dullaghan.

Elsewhere, Monkseaton fell to a nine-wicket defeat at home to Kirkley while Bates Cottages won at New Hartley Village despite J Brown taking 3-3.