Win for Warkworth as Tillside slide to defeat

Clara Vale (121) v Warkworth I (122-8)

Warkworth backed up last week’s win over Blyth with a two-wicket victory over Clara Vale in the Northumberland Cricket League.

The north Northumbrians won the toss and decided to put the home side into bat, which paid dividends when Martin Clark removed opener Naveed Iqbal for three.

He followed up by taking the wickets of batsmen two and three, Rohail Ahmed and Usman Saeed, cheaply as well, while Adam Hall bowled Muhammad Rehan for a duck, leaving Vale teetering on 30-4.

Shahzad Alvi (32), Muhammad Ashraf (16) and Riaz Mohammed (15) steadied the ship in the middle order, but the home side eventually succumbed with the score on 121 after 28 overs.

Clark was pick of the bowlers, finishing with 4-34 off nine overs, backed up by Richie Carruthers’ 3-33 off 6.5 overs.

In reply, Warkworth were in worse trouble when opener Scott Gibson was bowled by Ashraf leaving them 1-1.

Fellow opener Stephen Dargue managed to top-score with 34 though, until he too fell victim to Ashraf, who ended with figures of 3-33.

Wickets continued to tumble as Rehan (4-27 off 13 overs) dealt with the middle order. In the end, Warkworth made it across the line with two wickets in hand.

The north Northumbrians remain rooted in mid-table in seventh, but just one point behind Stocksfield.

Tillside I (166-9) v Bedlington (167-4)

Tillside remain in third place in the Premier Division table, despite going down to a six-wicket defeat at home to Bedlington.

The home side won the toss and decided to bat, which looked a good decision as all four top batsmen contributed runs.

Openers Liam Hindmarsh and Gavin Turnbull topped the scoring with 28 and 31 respectively. Others got started, but no one put together a really big knock and the scoring was relatively pedestrian as the innings progressed.

At the end of their 50 overs, Tillside had scored an under-par 166-9.

Pick of the Bedlington bowlers was Craig Robinson with figures of 4-32 off nine overs.

The away side saw several batsmen put together useful scores as they cruised to victory inside 37 overs, for the loss of just four wickets.

Opener Chris Younger top-scored with 41, but he was well supported further down the order by Sean McCafferty and Darren Leason (both 35) and Daniel Younger (25 not out).

None of the bowlers made major in-roads, but Cameron McGregor’s 2-30 off 12 overs was the pick of the bunch.