Young bowlers blast to victory

Alnmouth and Lesbury U15s (79-6) v Cramlington U15s (30 all out)

Northumberland Junior League

Alnmouth’s young guns shot down Cramlington in spectacular fashion on Monday evening as they secured a 49-run victory on their travels.

After winning the toss, Alnmouth decided to bat first on what was a damp wicket that was likely to assist the bowlers.

Batting was not easy but after a series of rash shots, Alnmouth found themselves in some difficulty at 15 for 3, with Olly Tulip, Archie Elder and Joe Tudor all back in the pavilion.

Lukas Robinson and Tom Harrop soon joined them as Alnmouth slumped to 29 for 5 in the 10th over. Nick Robertson joined George Lindley and the pair showed great application as they adapted to the conditions, found the gaps and ran quick singles as they put on a partnership of 50.

Lindley, who was out to the last ball of the innings played a great captain’s knock of 33 and Robertson an excellent 18 not out.

Alnmouth closed on 79 for 6 and Cramlington’s Thompson was the pick of their bowlers, taking 4-15.

At the mid-point, Cramlington sensed victory was in their grasp but they failed to appreciate the strength and depth of the Alnmouth bowling and fielding. Cameron Thorpe set the tone with a wicket in his first over and in the second Robertson superbly ran out Mattinson to leave Cramlington 1 for 2.

The home team were finding run scoring even more difficult than their visitors and Ben Kelly’s wicket in the ninth over left Cramlington struggling at 14 for 3.

Lukas Robinson then removed the middle order with three wickets in one over as they collapsed to 20 for 6.

The final four wickets fell for the addition of only 10 more runs as Harrop, Tudor and Robertson got in on the act.