Wooler win battle of the big-hitters

Wooler lifted the Vice-Presidents Cup with a narrow win over Warenford on Sunday.

Celebrations were also on the cards for Embleton, who defeated Tillside II in the Vice-President’s Plate on the same day.

The Wooler-Warenford clash pitted this season’s top-scoring batsmen against each other – and they didn’t disappoint.

Wooler’s Anthony Murray fired 72 in his side’s innings of 226-8 before Brian Thompson fell one shy of his century in the Warenford run-chase, which closed on 210-9.

Graham Rogerson took 4-22 for Warenford, while Michael McLean, Robert Matthewson and Chris Lewin picked up two wickets each for Wooler, whose cause had been aided further by a knock of 53 by Paul McKenna.

A half-century by Paul Carss helped inspire Embleton to Plate glory over Tillside II. He hit 61 as his side posted a winning reply of 131-6.

Club colleague John Wilkin had earlier picked up tidy figures with the ball, returning 3-6 from eight overs.

Kieran Bullen top-scored with 29 as Tillside closed on 130-9.

It was a better day at the office for Tillside II on Saturday, as they stayed top of the league with a seven-run win over Warenford.

An unbeaten 73 from Ronan Atkinson and 31 from Kevin Logan helped the victors post 145-6. Graham Rogerson (2-28) was the leading Warenford wicket-taker.

True to form, Brian Thompson led the charge in the run-chase, top-scoring with 48, but it was not enough, as Warenford fell short on 138-7.

Lee Dodd (3-20) and Kevin Logan (2-32) did the bulk of the damage with the ball.

Second-placed Wooler kept up the pressure with a seven-wicket win against Rock. Michael McLean (3-20), Andrew Aitchison (3-19) and Robert Matthewson (3-10) were in ruthless form for Wooler as Rock were dismissed for 101; Paul Kelly top-scored with 22.

In reply, Anthony Murray top-scored with an unbeaten 65 as Wooler won with 103-3.

Howick/Alnmouth & Lesbury secured a convincing 82-run triumph over Mitford.

Opener Joseph Dilnot set the tone with a knock of 69, while Simon Smith hit 39 as the victors posted 186-6.

David Wigham (4-46) was the pick of the Mitford bowlers. Wigham top-scored in the run-chase, with 23, but it was not enough, as a mid-to-low-order collapse saw Mitford collapse to 104 all out.

Anthony Elliott (4-12) and Paul Roberts (3-16) were the key men with the ball.

Embleton amassed a 260-run win over Warkworth II.

Paul Carss (75), Richard Alsept (66) and Matthew Leetham (60) helped Embleton to 309-6 before the league’s leading wicket-taker, Hedley Grey (5-14), led the romp to dismiss Warkworth for just 49.