Berwick 2nds bounce back from agony of cup semi-final defeat
The weather hit the local cricket programme at the weekend with both Berwick and Tillside 1sts finding themselves rained off in the Northumberland Premier League.
In Division 1, Warenford also found themselves without a game.
Berwick 2nds managed to beat the elements, however, and they had a narrow 11-run victory over Cramlington 1sts in Division 1.
Berwick batted first, and whilst they had seven players in double figures, it was a relatively low scoring innings, with the team all out for 125, opener Ian Thomson being the highest scorer on 22.
Bryan Walker enjoyed a good spell with the ball for Cramlington, claiming 6-34 off his 10.2 overs.
In reply, the visitors had Daniel Craddock top score on 40, whilst Tony Kay hit 24. But the remaining of the innings crumbled with Joe Osborne taking a match-winning 7-37 off 13 overs as Cramlington were reduced to 114 all out in the 42nd over.
In Division 2, Tillside 2nds had a seven wicket home win over Tynemouth 3rds.
Opener Ricky Handa carried his bat for 40 not out in an innings which was interrupted by rain.
But the other wickets tumbled around him and the team were all out for only 68, with Cameron McGregor taking 4-13 off 7.3 overs.
In reply, it was an easy target for the Etal side, which they achieved with Keith Bickerton hitting 41 of their 70-3 in 20 overs.
In Division 3, Wooler had a five wicket home win over Blyth 2nds.
Blyth were all out for 123 with the bulk of their runs coming from Robbie Burns on 38 and Fran Carrigan on 37.
Three home bowlers - Andrew Aitchison, William Blackburn and Colin James - claimed two wickets apiece.
Wooler then chased down their target by reaching 127-5 in 33 overs with Jamie Comber on 42 not out and and Michael Blackburn on 29.
Rock had a 144-run home win over Ulgham 2nds.
Oliver Page hit 73 and Adam Dunn 39 not out as the home side posted 167-9 in their 40 overs.
Jordan Cowe was the puck of the Ulgham bowlers with figures of 4-38.
In reply they were all out for only 25, with Dunn taking 4-3 off his 3.4 overs.
On Thursday, in the Enid Farmer Cup, Berwick 2nds failed to reach the final when they went down by 46 runs to Alnmouth and Lesbury in their semi-final clash.
The home side batted first, and with Archie Elder hitting 47, Alnmouth and Lesbury made 117 all out in their 20 overs.
Richard farish took 4-15 off his five over spell.
In reply, Berwick struggled to get into the match with only one of their top eight bats reaching double figures.
Niall Jones and Michael Beveridge tried to rescue the situation towards the end, but they were all out for only 71.
Cameron Batey and Patrick Ford-Hutchinson each claimed three wickets for the home side.
Tillside U13s beat their Berwick counterparts in the North Northumberland Junior Geague at Pier Field.
Put into bat, Tillside got off to a strong start with Spike Patton continuing his excellent season with the bat retired on 25 in only the fourth over.
Joe Bickerton then carried things on and he too was subsequently retired on 27.
Valuable contributions from Rory Lathangie and Callum Mellors left us with 102 from the allotted 16 overs which was a great effort. Well played Sam Robson on test match debut, and well bowled Chloe Ferguson who was the pick of the Berwick bowlers.
When the home team came to bat, they found life very difficult. Spike and Rory conceded just three runs between them from the first four overs, with Rory taking the key wicket of Declan Mar.
After that Joe, Conor McDermott and Callum Mellors (2 overs 1-3!) polished off the home side in just 9.2 overs for a meagre 19 runs.