Alnwick (172 all out) v Whickham (202-4)
Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division A2
Alnwick set out looking to make it two wins from two games as they faced Whickham, who had lost both of their first two games.
On yet another brilliant outfield and wicket thanks to Alnwick’s ground staff, both sides were looking to take the early-season advantage in a game that has been closely fought for many years.
Whickham, after winning the toss, had no hesitation in batting first and, with a strong top order, they were looking to score 200-plus.
Both Gareth Bateman and Jonathan Roxburgh bowled well and restricted Whickham to 27-1 after 10 overs.
That brought in Parr who quickly got going with some attacking stroke-play. Alnwick thought they had the break-through after some brilliant work by wicketkeeper Andy Armin, the whole ground left bemused after the stand-in square-leg umpire said not out.
The momentum then switched towards Whickham as they counter-attacked with both Davidson and Parr hitting boundaries to bring up 50 apiece.
It wasn’t until the 37th over that Alnwick got the breakthrough they so desperately needed, Parr going for 59 off the bowling of Wright, leaving Whickham on 145-2 with 13 overs left.
Alnwick then clawed their way back into the game with some tight bowling and some excellent fielding.
The last six overs went for 15 runs thanks mainly to an excellent spell of bowling from both Roxburgh and Bateman, leaving Whickham with a par score of 202-4 off their allotted 50 overs.
Earlier, they had hoped of getting somewhere in the region of 250.
After the break, Whickham got off to the worst possible start with a juicy full-toss first ball going straight to the boundary.
Michael Brewis was then undone by a ball that would probably get most batsmen out, bowled Parr for two, leaving Alnwick on 11-1.
Ayre then fell to yet another lbw decision, Parr again taking the wicket, leaving Alnwick on 15-2 and behind the eight ball chasing 203 to win.
Once Threlfall and Scott had both fallen cheaply, the thought of an Alnwick win was out of sight as they were struggling on 27-4, an uphill task from here.
Daniel Graham, short of runs so far this year, found his form and was batting nicely with the lucky Guy sticking with him to get Alnwick within a sniff of victory.
Just as Alnwick were rebuilding, three quick wickets fell, leaving Alnwick on 102-7 with only the tail to try to get the 100 runs needed for the win.
Both Gareth Bateman and David Wright batted freely; Bateman scoring 33 and Wright 22, before Parr came back to claim two further wickets, five wickets in the match, leaving Alnwick on 172 all out, 30 runs short of where they would have liked to have been.
Alnwick now travel to Cowgate in a must-win game as they look to bounce back from this result.
Alnwick Seconds won by 21 runs against Tynedale.
M Armstrong b G Bateman 8
S Davidson b Roxburgh 96
M Parr c Armin b Wright 59
Liam Haveron LBW b Wright 9
J Bowman not out 10
A King not out 2
Total (for 4wkts) 202
Bowling: G Bateman 11-2-31-1, J Roxburgh 8-1-26-1, A Scott 9-2-44-0, J Guy 4-0-19-0, D Wright 10-1-36-2, M Threlfall 8-1-34-0.
M Brewis b Parr 2
D Ayre LBW b Parr 4
M Threlfall c unsure b King 7
D Graham c unsure b McGregor 46
A Scott c unsure b Parr 2
J Guy LBW b Davison 21
R Woods b Davison 0
G Bateman c unsure b McGregor 33
D Wright b Parr 22
A Armin not out 13
J Roxburgh b Parr 6
Extras 16 Total (all out) 172
Bowling: A King 13-1-45-1, M Parr 13-3-31-5, D Davison 10-1-33-2, A McGregor 10-0-44-2.