Weather beaten, Chopwell not!

Chopwell II (176-6) v Alnwick II (175-7)

Wellstream Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division B2

ALNWICK travelled to Chopwell on Saturday and finally beat the British ‘summer’ by completing a full game.

In an even contest which see-sawed throughout, Chopwell were eventual winners after holding their nerve to chase down a target of 176.

The home side won the toss and asked Alnwick to bat first on a soft and uneven surface.

Alnwick started positively though with Stewart and Thompson thanks to some wayward bowling and a great deal of concentration.

The openers put on 77 for the first wicket, Thompson (23) unluckily falling lbw to a delivery which bounced twice.

Stewart (51) continued to play nicely until he momentarily lost his concentration after hearing Newcastle had scored against Sunderland.

The fall of the captain led to a decrease in the run-rate with the pitch becoming ever more difficult to score off thanks to some accurate bowling and low bounce of the ball. Reeves (19) and Woods (16) again tried to increase the run-rate, something which Marty Grey managed with ease, clearing the boundary on three occasions to finish with 30 off just 18 deliveries.

Alnwick were content to finish with 175, although in hindsight, more could have been made of a promising start.

Due to the unavailability of several seam bowlers, Stewart decided to open the attack with his off-spin along with Woods.

After a couple of early boundaries from Brown, Stewart found his line and length and run-scoring became nigh on impossible with Woods bowling a tight line and extracting uneven bounce. Stewart clean-bowled Brown and Woods had Thyvar caught by Grey.

After the opening 18 overs, Chopwell had struggled to 28 for the loss of three wickets, Chris Woods’ nine overs conceding just four runs. Tom Woodburn then struck in his first over to leave the hosts 30 for 4 and Alnwick firmly in control.

Some big hitting from Duffy (42) and a captain’s innings from Mawson brought Chopwell right back into the game with a partnership of 105.

The game swung back in Alnwick’s favour then when Marty Grey bowled Duffy and then had Lintern caught behind by Peberdy just three deliveries later. Unfortunately, for the visitors, Chopwell held their nerve to win by four wickets.

Alnwick can look positively on a game in which, for large parts, looked as though they would be victorious.

Chopwell II beat Alnwick II by four wickets.