First league defeat of season as Tillside fail to tame Morpeth
Tillside 1sts suffered their first defeat of the season in the Northumberland and Tyneside League when they went down to a hefty eight wicket home loss at the hands of Morpeth.
Tillside never got the better of the visiting bowlers and found themselves all out for only 74 with Law Atkinson and Gareth Hill both on 14.
Three Morpeth bowlers claimed three wickets apiece, and in reply they put on 75-2 in 26 overs with opener Adam Law on 44 not out.
Tillside 2nds had a big 198-run win over Morpeth 2nds in the reverse fixture.
Keith Bickerton hit 121 and Jamie Pick and unbeaten 83 as Tillside opened up with a big score of 266-3.
Morpeth were all out for 68 in reply with Daniel Caddick taking 3-20.
Berwick 1sts went down to a 72-run defeat at the hands of Blagdon Park in the Northumberland League.
With Sam Eyres on 66 not out and Tom Lakey on 41, Blagdon put on 220-6 in their 50 overs with Nalinda Premchandra taking 4-43.
In reply, Berwick were all out for 148 with the bulk of their runs coming from Martin Hush (40), James Patterson (39) and Mason Emery (32). Ben Cuthbertson took 3-11.
Berwick 2nds went down to a 66-run home defeat at the hands of Embleton.
Paul Carss hit 92 and Hedley Grey an unbeaten half century as Embleton posted 222-5 in their 40 overs with Michael Shearer taking 2-28.
Mark Woodcock opened up with 51 for Berwick in reply, but their innings fizzled out and with Grey taking 3-13 off seven overs the Pier Field side slipped to 156 all out in the 36th over.
Warenford won by 38 runs when they took on Ulgham at home.
Kevin Thompson hit an unbeaten 107 as Waren posted a healthy 293-8 in their 50 overs with Darrell Campbell taking 6-53.
However, all the top eight Ulgham bats reached double figures, and with Adam Tait on 67 they started to creep towards their target. They eventually ran out of steam and fell short at 255-8 in their allocated overs.
Wooler went down to a disappointing six wicket home defeat at the hands of Whitley Bay 2nds.
Andrew Aitchison top scored with 71, and with Chris Lewin on 29 not out and Andy Galivan on 26 not out, they managed to amass 172-6 in their 40 overs with Amit Patel taking 4-28.
In reply, Biren Shah hit 87 not out as Whitley Bay surpassed their target at 173-4 in the 32nd over.
Bamburgh Castle 129 for 6 beat Backworth 70 for 8 by 59 runs
In a match played in glorious sunshine sponsored by Pestforce Bamburgh defeated first time visitors Backworth by 59 runs in a low scoring match on Sunday.
Put into bat the seasiders made steady progress against their youthful opponents and despite losing wickets at regular intervals the top five batsmen all made it into double figures although none of them went on to make it out of the 20s.
Backworth bowlers took the pace off the ball and it seemed to work and they restricted Bamburgh to 129 for 6 in their 35 overs. Top scoring for Bamburgh were Bradley Spiers with 29 and Harry Lobb with an unbeaten 28. Young Evan Hull-Denham was the best bowler with 2-14 off his seven overs.
When Backworth batted, if they thought it was going to be easy they were in for a rude awakening, as fine controlled bowling restricted the visitors to a paltry 70 for 8.