Eight wickets for Dickson in Tillside victory
Tillside recorded an emphatic nine-wicket win over Blyth on Saturday, with Luke Dickson being the star of the show.
Again rain delayed the start, but the covers were taken off just before 1.30pm, which meant a 45 over game. Visiting skipper Hill won the toss and had no hesitation in bowling first on what looked like a slight green top.
The decision was a good one as Dickson and Duncan Sim shared three wickets in the first few overs to reduce Blyth 4-3.
Hudspith and Roberts led a mini revival, putting 20 on for the fourth wicket, before they both became Dickson’s third and fourth victims of the afternoon.
In his next over Dickson clean bowled three – Kirkup, Lawrence and Kemp – to leave Blyth reeling 30-8.
Cam Walker was the second joint top scorer with five, before Dickson rearranged his stumps and the final wicket fell with a smart catch by Ross Hindmarsh off the bowling of Jake Birkett as Blyth were bowled out for 44. Luke Dickson’s fantastic figures were 10-4-7-17-8.
In reply, Tillside tried to score quickly as the dark clouds closed in on the ground. Liam Hindmarsh hit some fine shots in his 28, and Jack Bagness finished the game with two fours to finish on 15*, as they knocked the runs off in the eighth over.
The win puts Tillside back to the top of the league and they face a massive game on Saturday as co-leaders Ashington RCC travel to Etal.
Sadly they are missing a few key players on Saturday, including star man Dickson as he backpacks round Europe for a couple of weeks and is then going to play for Tweedmouth Rangers Reserves pre-season, much to the disgruntlement of the Tillside hierarchy.
Berwick 1sts’ Premier League game away to Ulgham was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
In Division 1, Berwick 2nds went down to a six wicket defeat at the hands of Bomarsund.
Berwick batted first and managed to put on 131-5, with David Currie on 37 not out, Jordan Woodcock on 28 and Jack Osbourne on 23.
In reply Bomarsund lost an early wicket, but 37 from opener Colin Thornton, 49 from Stephen Thain and 27 not out from Andrew Matthews saw the visitors reach 132-4 in just over 27 overs.
Warenford’s game at Hebburn in Division 1 was cancelled due to the inclement weather.
In Division 2, Embleton beat Bomarsund 2nds by seven wickets away from home.
Bomarsund were 151-6 in their 35 overs, with Brent Mordy on 30 and Tom More on 30 not out.
Phil Grey and Scott Lawson both claimed two wickets for Embleton, who in reply saw Grey hit 83 and Liam Turnbull 36 as they passed their target at 153-3 in less than 26 overs.
Tillside 2nds’ home game against Clara Vale in Division 2 was another which failed to beat the elements.
• The Northumberland League won the Duke’s Cup when they beat a Northumberland Mid-Week League President’s XI at Bates Cottages on Sunday.
NCL won the toss and elected to bat. They posted 208-8 off 40 overs, with seven batsmen making double figures and Berwick’s Sean Wales top scoring with 57 not out from a good variety of shots.
Richard Crawford and Matthew Walton each took two wickets, and there were two catches and a superb run out from Jaswinder Singh.
The NEMWCL President’s XI replied with 174 all out in the 38th over after a good start, with six batsmen in double figures and Singh top scoring with 37, and the good crowd transfixed for the next big shot.
Richie Crawford hit a quick 30 as wickets fell. Pace man Jake Birkett, of Tillside, took 5-39 as the hosts faltered.
In the absence of Malcolm Kennedy, who was away in Somerset, league secretary Don Catley presented the cup to NCL skipper Mark Lawrence.