Weather thwarts play

CRICKETERS were left frustrated by the weather for the second week on the spin, as the rain put paid to the majority of fixtures in the Northumberland Cricket League.

All six Premier Division matches fell foul of the conditions, including Alnmouth and Lesbury’s clash at Corbridge, Tillside’s trip to Stocksfield, Blue Flames against Berwick and Clara Vale versus Bates Cottages.

Warkworth did play some of their match at Blagdon Park before the weather forced an early finish, with Park batting first and on 40-0, while Bedlington were 270-2 declared – including a knock of 114 by Darren Leason – against Bomarsund, before their encounter was dealt the same fate.

Things were no better in Division One, with all four fixtures beaten by the weather.

Ashington Rugby were 188-5 against Stobswood Welfare, with Chris Harwood not out on 82, while Kirkley were 211-4, with Mick Nicholson unbeaten on 92, against Ulgham Village, but both matches were abandoned.

It was the same story in the clash between Monkseaton (183 all out) and Whitley Bay (36-0) which was also brought to a premature end.

There was no play between Gateshead Ethnic Minorities and Blyth.

In Division B2, both Ulgham Village’s seconds’ trip to Kirkley twos and Civil Service 2nd XI against New Hartley Village twos fell foul of the weather.

Hebburn seconds had dismissed Bates Cottages twos for 146 before the fixture was abandoned.

It was also an early end to Stobswood Welfare twos’ match at Monkseaton thirds. Welfare were 139-9 and then Monkseaton were 42-2 when the game was stopped.