Wooler leapfrog Tillside at top

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With just two matches remaining in the 2013 season, Wooler have taken over in pole position in the Alnwick and District League after their eighth win of the season on Saturday.

There were also big victories for Howick/Alnmouth & Lesbury and Warenford, while the clash between second-placed Tillside and third-placed Embleton was abandoned after the ground was declared unfit at Embleton.

Table-toppers Wooler romped home to a nine-wicket win after their bowlers ripped through visitors Mitford’s batting line-up.

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first, but they were soon in dire straits.

Opener Bhavesh Patel was run out for six with the total on six, before Richard Brown and Yogen Jagatsinh both fell victim to Michael McLean (2-13) for ducks shortly after.

This left Mitford in disarray at 10-3 before a brief rally saw them add 40 runs, mainly thanks to opener Colin Crowe (31), before the next wicket fell.

But after this the bowlers retook the initiative as the visitors slumped from 61-5 to 67 all out.

Only Joe Jackson (10) and Crowe made it to double figures with the bat.

All four bowlers returned good figures with Robert Matthewson taking four wickets for 25 and Chris Lewin three for eight. Andrew Aitchison failed to register a wicket, but conceded just 12 runs off his nine overs.

In reply, Wooler took less than 14 overs to get across the line.

Anthony Murray was caught for 17 off the bowling of Richard Brown, but Les Porteous (17) and McLean (34) finished the job as the home side scored 71-1.

Rock slipped to a 130-run defeat at home against Warenford.

Batting first, the away side posted a solid total of 222-6 off their 45 overs, in large part thanks to Brian Thompson, who was bowled by Oliver Page just two short of his century.

He had good support from Kevin Thompson (27), Graham Rogerson (43) and Ian Patterson (24) as Warenford batted through their overs.

Page was the pick of the home bowlers taking three wickets for 45, while Stephen Gray finished with figures of 2-29.

In reply, Rock didn’t get close despite the efforts of opener Paul Kelly, who batted throughout but had little support. He finished as top-scorer on 32 not out.

Only Thomas Parkinson (18) managed to join Kelly in reaching double figures and despite a generous extras total of 23, the home side ended on 92-9.

Patterson and Rogerson backed up their performance with the bat taking 4-25 and 2-18 respectively, while John Hogg took three wickets for 18 runs in 12 overs.

Warkworth II also went down to a heavy home loss as they were beaten by 103 runs by visitors Howick/Alnmouth & Lesbury.

Batting first, the away side posted a challenging target of 208-6 off their 45 overs, thanks to solild innings from Jospeh Dilnot (41), Richard Elliot (47) and Anthony Elliott (39 not out).

There were also useful knocks from Simon Smith (19) and Paul Roberts (18), while the home bowlers were generous in offering up 37 in extras.

Pick of the Warkworth bowlers were Luke Napier, who took two for 32 off 12 overs and Connor Lee managed 2-17 off five overs.

In reply, the home side started badly with two of the top three batsmen out for ducks.

There was a brief period of resistance in the middle order as Adam Jobson scored 23, John Briggs 30 and Napier 17, but it was all to no avail as Warkworth were all out for 105 inside 33 overs.

Elliot backed up his top-scoring exploits with the bat by taking 5-16 with the ball. Cameron Batey took three wickets for just 22 runs in 10 overs.