Northumberland Cricket League, Premier Division: Warkworth I (173-8) v Tillside I (176-4)
Unbeaten half-centuries from Cameron Beasley and Liam Hindmarsh helped title-chasing Tillside defeat relegation-threatened Warkworth on Saturday.
The result means so much for both sides in the Premier Division, but with contrasting implications. The Etal-men’s six-wicket triumph sees them in second place, 25 points behind Stocksfield.
As for Warkworth, they are hovering perilously close to the dropzone; just one point clear of the dreaded relegation line.
Things started badly for the league strugglers too. Having won the toss, they found themselves in trouble early on at 4-1.
The Castle Field side did recover and 47 from opener Alistair Gibson, as well as 32 from middle-order batsman Adam Hall helped steer Warkworth to 173-8 after their allotted 50 overs.
The Tillside wicket-takers were Cameron McGregor (2-39), Matthew Whitty (2-36) and Alan Hindmarsh (2-40), with Jake Birkett (1-29).
The Etal men made easy work of the run chase, reaching the finish-line in 24.5 overs.
The stand-out players with the bat were Beasley and Liam Hindmarsh. Beasley made an unbeaten 72, which included 16 fours, while Liam Hindmarsh’s 57 not out included 12 fours.
Warkworth had given themselves some hope at 44-4, but the undefeated half-centurions took the game away from the Castle Field side.
Hall ended with 3-39 from nine overs, while George Puddephatt took 1-56.
In Division Three of the Northumberland Cricket League, leaders Warenford (63-0) scored a convincing 10-wicket victory against Hebburn seconds (62-9), while second-placed Bates Cottages twos (212-6) beat Alnmouth & Lesbury/Howick (67 all out) by 145 runs.
There was a win for Wooler (145 all out), who beat Embleton (128 all out) by 17 runs.
Tillside twos’ encounter with Warkworth seconds was abandoned. Tillside closed on 190-3, while Warkworth were 50-3.