Bickerton on fire as Tillside topple Alnwick in league at Etal
Tillside 1sts crushed Alnwick 1sts when the sides met in Division 2 of the Northumberland & Tyneside League at Etal on Saturday.
And there was only one player to steal the headlines - bowler Calum Bickerton, who tore through the visitors to return match-winning figures of 8-7.
Luke Dickson took the other two wickets as Alnwick were skittled for only 30 runs, Tillside taking only four overs to chase it down without loss for a convincing ten wicket victory, giving them their fourth league win in a row, putting them fifth in the table on 129 points.
Berwick 1sts went down to a heavy nine wicket home defeat at the hands of Gateshead EM.
Berwick batted first, but it was only a late knock of 24 from James Thompson which helped the side post 124 all out in 43 overs.
Ahmed Javed took 4-32 for GEM’s, who in reply put on 127-1 in 25 overs. Opener Amir Mukhtar was 62 not out with Javed Mirzer on 57 not out.
The Pier Field side have won four of their first seven games and currently sit eighth in the table on 113 points.
Tillside 2nds suffered an 87-run defeat away to Alnwick 2nds, leaving them eighth in the table on 99 points.
The home side batted first and out on 197-8 with Davy Robertson taking 2-31 for the visitors.
In their innings, Tillside were bowled out for 110 with Hugh Tyser hitting 23.
Warenford made it five wins out of seven when they won by 89 runs in the Division 5 (North) home game against basement side Morpeth 2nds.
The victory puts Waren in third place in the table on 153 points, 50 behind leaders Whitley Bay.
The Waren innings was steady if unspectacular with seven bats in double figures, Tom Smith being the top scorer on 27 as they put on 171 all out in their 45 overs.
Liam Day took 3-22 for Morpeth, who in reply only managed 82 all out with opener Christian Takher their top scorer on 22. Smith also enjoyed a great spell with the ball taking match-winning figures of 7-38 off his 10 overs.
Wooler had an 89-run away win against Ulgham 2nds in Division 6 (North) to move up to fifth on 108 points.
Andrew Aitchison top scored on 70, and there were knocks of 54 not out from Les Porteous and 34 not out from Andy Gallivan as the Glendale side put on 188-2 in their 40 overs.
In reply, Ulgham could only muster 99 all out in 30 overs with Guy Scholes on 38 not out. There were three wicket returns for Wooler bowlers Laurie Blackburn and Robert Matthewson.
Berwick 2nds suffered a big 148-run defeat away at Rock.
The home side put on 241-5 in their 40 overs with Andrew Bottomer on 55 and Ben McDougall on 42.
Declan Mark took 2-47 for the young Berwick side, who in reply were all out for 93.
Embleton went down to a big 129-run defeat away to Kirkley.
Christian Rowe hit 65 and Shula Khan was 32 not out as Kirkley opened with 199-7 in their 40 overs.
Scott Lawson and Dan Baines both took three wickets for Embleton, who in their innings replied with 70 all out, Matthew Leetham top scoring on 22. Khalid Mahmood took 4-2 from his 3.2 overs.
* Fixtures for Saturday, June 9 are:
Blyth 1sts v Tillside 1sts; Blue Flames 1sts v Berwick 1sts; Seaton Burn 1sts v Warenford; Tilside 2nds v Blagdon Park 2nds; Berwick 2nds v Monkseaton 1sts; Wooler v Rock.