Tillside and Berwick 1sts both triumph in Premier League
There were wins for both Tillside 1sts and Berwick 1sts in the Northumberland Premier League on Saturday.
Tillside won a close low scoring game down at Blagdon.
Batting first, on what looked a good batting track, Tillside were soon in trouble however as an excellent opening spell by Johnson and Cuthbertson meant scoring was difficult and the visitors lost two early wickets.
Fellow spinner Ali Clarke who finished with 4-47 then picked up three quick wickets and at that stage Tillside were 86-9. Ben Toulson 14no and Alan Hindmarsh put 20 vital runs on for the last wicket, before Hindmarsh became Angus Johnsons third victim, being all out for 106.
In reply though Blagdon made a worse start as Birkett and Hindmarsh picked up early wickets to leave the home side 5-3 from five.
Matty Senior and Mark Foster took the score to 58 and set the home side on for victory before Senior (26) became Birkett’s third victim with the seamer getting extra bounce to have him caught at forward short leg.
Duncan Sim who bowled an excellent spell with 2-16 from seven had Foster and Simpson out in quick succession and reduced Blagdon to 61-6. Cam McGregor kept it tight picking up two wickets en route and when he ran out Dicks for 0 with an excellent shy at the stumps from 20 yards Blagdon were 87-9.
However, they didn’t manage to add the runs like their opponents for the 10th wicket and were all out for 95 with Alan Hindmarsh bowling Cuthbertson to win the game.
Berwick had a 101 run win away to Gateshead Ethnic Minorities.Berwick batted first and set a target of 209 with Gary Wales top scoring on 59.
Gateshead made a decent start in reply with Omer Hussain top scoring on 37.
But their middle order and tail failed to contend with the bowling of Nalinda Premchandra, who had a fantastic spell, finishing with match-winning figures of 7-18, the home side being all out for 108.
In Division 1, Berwick 2nds lost by seven wickets away to Cramlington.
Jordan Woodcock hit an unbeaten 64 as Berwick posted 184, with Rory Hindhaugh adding 37.
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Any Langley was Cramlington’s best bowler with figures of 5-40, and in reply they saw Jonathan Marshall hit an unbeaten 68 and Langley 58 as they out on 188-3.
Also in the first division, Warenford had a big win over Clara Vale.
Brian Thompson hit 84, Michael Thompson 65, Daniel patterson 36 and Graham Rogerson 35 as Waren posted decent score of 271-8.
Usman Saeed took 5-66 for Clara, who in their innings were all out for 158 with Saeed and Sadiq Amin both hitting 52.
Rogerson was waren’s most successful bowler with figures of 3-38.
In Division 2 Tillside seconds recorded a comfortable 6sixwicket victory as they beat Blue Flames seconds at home.
Batting first, openers Myers (50) and Mark Moody (70) put on 110 for the first wicket and with number three Potdar scoring 31 Blue Flames were on for a high score. However, the rest of the bats struggled but they still finished on a decent 190ao from 39 overs, Davy Robertson being the pick of the bowlers with 3-44.
In reply it was skipper Jamey Pick who was the star man as he led the side home with 97no. He was well supported by Calum Bickerton (22) and Dave Reay with 37 as the home side knocked them off in the 34th over.
In Division 3, Wooler travelled to take on Monkseaton 3rds on Sunday and returned with a seven wicket win to their credit.
The home side batted first, but they lost five early wickets, and it was only a knock of 40 from middle-order batsman Andrew rees which saved them.
Other wickets contin ued to tumble, with no other home bat in double figures, and they were all out for 83 in the 32nd over.
Andrew Aitchison did most of the damage with a fine spell which saw him take 6-12.
In reply, the Glendale side lost Lee Porteous early on, but Angus Todd (40) and Ian Clarke (27 not out) saw them coast to victory at 85-3 in less than 23 overs.