Double delight for Tillside, Berwick and Warenford teams
It was a busy weekend for the Northumberland & Tyneside Cricket League with back to back fixtures on Saturday and Sunday.
Tillside 1sts completed a weekend double over Ponteland 1sts in Division 2.
On Saturday the Etal side won by eight wickets away from home. Ponteland, who were 123-2 at one stage, were all out for 134 with Alan Hindmarsh taking 5-14 and Cam McGregor 3-23. In reply, Tillside saw Ross Hindmarsh in 55 not out, Sean Wales on 38 and Jake Birkett on 34 not out as they chased it down.
On Sunday Tillside won by 38 runs in the return match at Etal. The home side hit 183 with Wales on 59 and Birkett on 30. Again it was the bowling of Hindmarsh (5-24), making it ten wickets for the weekend, and McGregor 3-19 which saw the visitors bowled out for 145.
A makeshift Berwick 1sts had a four wicket away win over Ashington Rugby on Saturday. The home side batted first and were 122 all out with Michael Shearer taking 4-40, Manu Shukla 3-11 and Rory Hindhaugh 3-15. Berwick hit 125-6 in reply with Jordan Woodcock on 49 not out and Hindhaugh on 27 not out.
On Sunday Berwick completed the double with a seven wicket win at the Pier Field. In a high-scoring clash, Ashington put on 212, with Kevin Hetherington on 87 and Chris Harwood on 54, but Berwick chased it down in 47 overs with a knock of 82 from Manu Shukla and 52 from Glen Bird, who hit the winning runs.
Warenford had the edge on Tillside 2nds on Saturday, winning by 90 runs at Etal. Brian Thompson hit 65 as Waren out on 185-9 with four bowlers taking two wickets. In reply, Tillside were all out for 95 with Michael Thompson taking six wickets.
In the return on Sunday Warenford won again, this time by 53 runs. Brian Thompson was 94 not out and Michael Cairns 61 as Waren posted 243-5 with Joe Bickerton taking 3-62. Tillside were 190-4 in reply with Thomas Riddell on 55 not out.
Berwick 2nds’ home game against Ashington Rugby 2nds on Saturday was cancelled.
O n Sunday they lost by 68 runs to Ashington Rugby 2nds. Stuart Rosser hit a fine 115 for Ashington as they put on 216-9. Berwick made 148 all out in reply with Iain Thomson top scoring on 32. David Wanless senior took 4-25.
Wooler suffered a narrow three-run defeat at home in the first of the weekend’s two games v Howick, who posted 221-6, Robert George Matthewson 4-49 and Chris Lewin 2-31 the wicket takers. Wooler reached 218-8 after the 40 overs, Les Porteous 65 and Angus Todd 83 the major contributors, Tom Burston with 28 the only other batsman to reach double figures.
On Sunday Wooler lost by four wickets in the return. Howick scored 136-6 with Wooler replying with 134-7.
Embleton went down by nine wickets at home to Monkseaton 1sts on Saturday. Gary Davidson hit 20 as Embleton were all out for only 52 with Ian McDine taking 4-14. Monkseaton were 53-1 in reply. Sunday’s game between the two sides was cancelled.
Rock’s away game at Ulgham on Saturday was cancelled.
O n Sunday they took on Ulgham 2nds at home and won by 111 runs. George Cockayne hit 114 and there was 63 from Kevin Wilson as Rock made 245 all out, with Jeff Thomson claiming 4-36. Ulgham were all out for 134 in reply with Jordan Cowe on 37 and Jack Humphreys on 33. There were three wickets each for Tom Parkinson and Wilson.
* Fixtures for Saturday, July 7 are:
Tillside 1sts v Bates Cottages 1sts; Berwick 1sts v Bomarsund 1sts; Bates Cottages 2nds v Tillside 2nds; Warenford v Alnwick 2nds; Ashington 2nds v Wooler; Stobswood 2nds v Berwick 2nds; Warkworth 2nds v Embleton.
* Last Thursday, in the semi-final of the Enid Farmer Cup, Berwick 2nds lost by six wickets to Kirkley 1sts at the Pier Field.
Berwick made 97-4 with Gregor Thompson on 25 and Jay Baverstock on 20. Kirkley were 95-4 in reply in 16 overs with Richard Chapman top scoring on 31. David Currie took 3-24.