Tillside 1sts, Berwick 1sts and Wooler make winning starts
It was the start of the new cricket season on Saturday in the Northumberland & Tyneside League.
Tillside 1sts had a 113-run away win over Blyth 1sts in Division One. Calum Nickerson hit 50 and Cam McGregor 41 as the Etal side went out on 190-7 in their 50 overs. David Ebdale took 3-37 for Blyth, who in reply were all out for 77 with four wickets each for Bickerton and Sean Wales.
Berwick 1sts won by 105 runs on their visit to face Bomarsund 1sts in Division Three. Scott Middlemist hit 81 and Elliott Keenan 74 as Berwick put on a big score of 263-8 in their 50 overs. Dan Gardner took 4-23 for Bomarsund, who in reply were all out for 158, with Stephen Thani top-scoring on 40. Middlemist took 4-22 and Michael Shearer 3-48.
Tillside 2nds won by 47 runs at home to Monkseaton 1sts in Division Five (North). Tillside put on 178-6 with Freddie Huddleston on 60 and Hugh Tyler on 43. Monkseaton were all out for 131 in reply with opener Ben Windass their top scorer on 43.
Warenford suffered a seven-wicket defeat at home to Kirkley 1sts in Division Five (North). Dan Patterson hit 72 and Brian Thompson 37 as Waren made 163-5 in their 40 overs with Suva Khan taking 4-22. In their innings, Kirkley reached their target in 35 overs with Harry Ash on 42no and Christian Rowe on 41 as they reached 165-3.
Berwick 2nds lost their opening day fixture at home to Wooler by five wickets in Division Six (North). Berwick batted first and put on 148-8 with Richard Farish on 53 and guest Ivor Patterson on 25. Four Wooler bowlers claimed two wickets apiece before they replied with 151-5, Andrew Russell top-scoring on 43 not out.
Rock started their season with a big nine-wicket win over local rivals Embleton in Division Six (North). Embleton struggled with the bat and were all out for only 49, with Kevin Wilson claiming a splendid 6-4. Rock then needed less than eight overs to chase it down without loss with George Cockayne on 27no and Wilson 17no.
Fixtures for Saturday (April 27) are: Division 2 – Tillside 1sts v Cowgate 1sts. Division 3 – Berwick 1sts v Corbridge 1sts. Division 5 (North) – Warenford v Tillside 2nds. Division 6 - Ulgham 2nds v Berwick 2nds; Wooler v Embleton.