Dickson's five wicket haul helps keep Tillside on title course
Tillside kept their Northumberland Premier League title hopes alive with a narrow 10-run away victory over Gateshead EM 1sts on Saturday.
The result means Tillside remain second in the table on 276 points, with Ashington Rugby leading the way on 305. Warkworth are currently third on 250.
Tillside batted first and they put on a score of 211 all out in just over 42 overs, with opener Jack Bagness top scoring on 51.
There were also valuable contributions from Gareth Hill (36), Jake Birkett (35) and Liam Hindmarsh (34).
Ahmed Javed was Gateshead’s most successful bowler with figures of 4-23.
In reply, Gateshead saw Zhoaib Shahid hit 11 boundaries on his way to 89, and with Jawed Qureshi on 33 they managed to push the score along.
However, Luke Dickson was again in fine form with the ball, and his 5-50 off 11 overs swung the match the Etal side’s way as the home team were restricted to 201-8.
Berwick 1sts went down to a narrow six-run defeat when they travelled to take on Blagdon Park in the Premier League.
David Simpson hit 27 not out and Sam Eyres 24 as Blagdon posted 136-8 in their 50 overs.
Sean Wales took 3-62, with Steven Emery and Nalinda Premchandra claiming two wickets apiece.
In reply, Berwick saw Premchandra open up with 34, with Wales and Martin Hush both hitting 18, but with Paul Johnson taking 4-22 they fell short at 130 all out in the 41st over.
Warenford held the upper hand when they faced Berwick 2nds at the Pier Field in Division 1 and won by 11 runs.
In a low-scoring game, Warenford batted first and were all out for only 86, with Tony Potts on 19 and Gordon Stephenson on 17. Mark Woodcock took 3-2 and David Currie 3-15.
It seemed a relatively easy target for the Berwick batsmen, but Iain Thompson (19) and Niall Jones (12) were the only home bats in double figures, and with Tom Smith claiming 5-25 they were all out for only 75 in 31 overs.
In Division 2 Tillside 2nds saw their home game against Ashington Rugby cancelled when the visitors were unable to raise a team.
Embleton had a narrow four run defeat at the hands of Tynemouth 3rds.
Tynemouth were all out for 91, with Richard Warwick their top scorer on 23, Cameron Thorpe claiming 5-5 off his nine overs.
In reply, Barrie Dunn hit 27 for Embleton, but they were all out for 87 in less than 32 overs, with Don Catley taking 6-8 in his eight overs.
Tillside won through to the final of the T20 Cup with an eight-run victory over Berwick 1sts in the semi-finals last week.
Tillside got off to a poor start, with Berwick’s opening bowlers doing a fantastic job. Jack Bagness departed without troubling the scorers and Liam and Jake Birkett quickly followed, leaving TIllside on 16-3.
Ronan Atkinson and Gareth Hill started to turn things around, but Atkinson departed for 12.
Berwick skipper Steven Emery took 3-14 in his five-over spell. Gareth Hill scored 31 before he dragged on. It was then left to Cameron McGregor to score the runs. McGregor was out for 27 as Tillside finished on 106-8.
TIllside kept the first six overs tight and picked up two wickets. McGregor was then introduced to the attack and produced a superb display of spin bowling. He took 3-14 off five overs and dismissed Sean Wales, which was the key wicket.
Berwick were always in the game and it went down to the last over, but Calum Bickerton showed great bottle and bowled a fantastic final over to get Tillside over the line.