Farish and Bickerton both hit centuries in cricket league
There were two centuries for local batsmen in the Northumberland & Tyneside Cricket League on Saturday.
Richard Farish hit an impressive 137 not out for Berwick 2nds, while Keith Bickerton hit 104 for Tillside 2nds.
Tillside 1sts went down to a 110-run away defeat at the hands of Annfield Plain in Division 1.
Sam Stephenson hit 105 and David Baxter 98 as the home side posted a big score of 267-3, with the pair putting on a stand of 157.
Jake Birkett took 2-66, but the Etal side were always struggling with the bat in reply and they were all out for 157 in reply, with both openers, Ross Hindmarsh and Sean Wales, hitting 44. Shane Oliver was the pick of the home bowlers with 3-25.
Berwick 1sts went down to a 130-run defeat at Backworth in Division 3.
Backworth batted first and put on 224-9 with Paul Robson on 63, Matthew Carr on 36 and Graeme Fairbairn on 35.
There were two wickets each for Berwick bowlers Mark Woodcocl, Jay Baverstock, Michael Shearer and Manu Shukla.
James Thompson top-scored for Berwick with 35 and Shukla hit 26 as they were all out for 94, with Mark Minto taking a fine 6-30.
Tillside 2nds, who are sitting mid-table in Division 5 North, won by six wickets at home to Blue Flames 2nds.
Blue Flames made 204 all out with Jye Etheridge taking 4-32.
Tillside made 207-4 in reply with Keith Bickerton hitting 104.
Warenford went down by seven wickets away to Whitley Bay 2nds in Division 5.
Waren batted first and were all out for 110 with Brian Thompson on 24 and Graham Rogerson on 22. Hugh Thompson took 3-6 for Whitley, who in reply made 112-3 with Gaurang Ghandi on 56.
Richard Farish was the star of the show as he smashed an unbeaten 137 for Berwick 2nds in their nine-wicket home win over Howick in Division 6 North.
Howick batted first and with Richard Elliott on 60, Oliver Tulip on 46 and Adam Riley on 41, they posted a respectable 207-5 in their 40 overs.
But Farish hit out and with James Patterson adding 31, they chased it down in 31 overs for a win which puts them fifth in the table.
Wooler’s home game against Warkworth 2nds was cancelled at the visitors’ request.
Rock won by seven wickets when they travelled to take on Embleton.
Embleton were 177 all out with Paul Carss on 41 and Alex Robson on 39. Jamie Kelly took 3-45 with two wickets each for Joe Ferry, Kevin Wilson and Paul Roberts.
Fixtures for Saturday (June 30) are:
As the league reaches its half-way point this weekend, teams face back-to-back fixtures on Saturday and Sunday, with Saturday’s games being reversed 24 hours later.
Ponteland 1sts v Tillside 1sts; Ashington RC 1sts v Berwick 1sts; Tillside 2nds v Warenford; Berwick 2nds v Ashington Rugby 2nds; Embleton v Monkseaton 1sts; Ulgham 2nds v Rock; Wooler v Howick.
Fixtures for Sunday, July 1, are:
Tillside 1sts v Ponteland 1sts; Berwick 1sts v Ashington RC 1sts; Warenford v Tillside 2nds; Howick v Wooler; Ashington Rugby 2nds v Berwick 2nds; Monkseaton 1sts v Embleton; Rock v Ulgham 2nds.