Wooler Wizards put in a magical display to win the Alnwick and District Cricket League’s Twenty20 Championship Final on Sunday, defeating Embleton by six wickets.
Anthony Murray was the hero with the bat, smashing an unbeaten 41 as the Glendale-based side posted a winning reply of 80-4.
Team-mates Michael McLean (1-13), Andrew Aitchison (2-3 from four overs), Paul Murray (2-20), Robert Matthewson (1-12) and Chris Lewin (2-19) had earlier stalled Rock to 79-9.
Embleton’s James Thorpe was 27 not out. John Wilkin (2-10) and Martin Grey (2-21) were the Embleton wicket-takers.
The sides had reached the final after coming through their respective semi-finals earlier in the day.
The Wizards beat Rock Raptors by nine wickets while Embleton defeated Warenford Warriors by three wickets.
In the league, Tillside IIs remain top despite a 16-run defeat to Wooler.
Anthony Murray was once again the stand-out man for his side, scoring 57 not out. Michael McLean (34) and Paul McKenna (26) added valuable contributions as the Glendale outfit were all out for 168.
Pick of the Tillside bowlers was Stuart Wright, who ended with figures of 6-48 off 12 overs. Kevin Logan (2-21) and Law Atkinson (2-54) took the other wickets.
In the run chase, Law Atkinson and Wright rallied with the bat, both top-scoring with 38.
But it proved in vain, as Tillside fell just short, dismissed for 152.
All four bowlers – Michael McLean (2-25), Andrew Aitchison (1-31), Chris Lewin (3-41) and Robert Matthewson (3-52) – all got among the wickets as second-placed Wooler closed Tillside’s lead at the top to 12 points.
Embleton dropped to third with a surprise defeat against bottom side Howick/Alnmouth & Lesbury.
Guy Evison (34), Richard Lillico (29) and Archie Elder (23) helped Howick to 129 all out, with Adam Pringle (3-29), Richard Alsept (2-26), Philip Grey (1-14) and Gary Davison (2-19) striking for the high-flyers.
But in reply, Embleton were dismissed for 86; Barrie Dunn top-scoring with 29.
Lillico (4-10) was the stand-out bowler, and had support from George Gibson (3-30), Cameron Batey (2-21) and Anthony Elliott (1-24).
Rock beat Mitford by one run. Andrew ONeill (5-46), Scott Lawson (4-27) and Yogen Jagatsinh (1-7) dismissed Rock for 113. Michael Williams (28), Paul Kelly (25) and Thomas Parkinson (20 not out) rallied for Rock.
Despite knocks of Bhavesh Patel (38) and Scott Lawson (41), Mitford fell agonisingly short, thanks to Kevin Wilson (4-25), Oliver Page (2-24) and Thomas Parkinson (3-33).
Warenford secured an emphatic 117-win against Warkworth II.
Brian Thompson’s 55, as well as good knocks from Alan Sinton (42), Tony Potts (37), Ian Patterson (28) and Gordon Stephenson (36 not out) helped Warenford close on 255-7.
Warkworth’s wicket-takers were John Briggs (jnr) (1-31), Adam Jobson 3-27, Luke Napier (1-72) and Ben Briggs (2-32).
Richard Davison (38) and Steven Lee (46) battled hard in the run chase but the Castle Field side were all out for 138.
Warenford’s Ian Patterson (5-37) led the way with the ball and was backed up by Tony Potts (2-25), Graeme Turner (1-16), John Hogg (1-29) and Graham Rogerson (1-23).