Tillside march on with four out of four in the Senior League
Tillside 1sts made it four out of four in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League when they beat Benwell and Walbottle by 107 runs.
Tillside lost the toss and were made to bat with Liam Hindmarsh and Sean Wales making a blistering start.
Having brought up their 50 partnership in the ninth over, Hindmarsh was removed by the opening bowler for 31 and Wales departed soon after for 23.
Tillside needed to rebuild again, and Ross Hindmarsh and Law Atkinson provided those building blocks. They were also scoring freely and put on an 80 partnership before Atkinson departed for 32.
This wicket started a mini collapse. Jake Birkett and Kieran Bullen came and went sharply and then Ross Hindmarsh was out LBW for a well-made 51. Pick then went three balls later and the Etal side had lost five wickets for only 10 runs.
Gareth Hill then made 21 in a very ugly fashion to try to get Tillside back on track. Calum Bickerton, Luke Dickson and Alan Hindmarsh all departed for single figures to end the innings on 187.
Benwell then went about chasing the runs. However, Luke Dickson was bowling an inspired spell and took out the top four batsmen. with 4-16. Jake Birkett at the other end made sure the bats couldn’t score runs from either end. Luke finished with 4-16.
Alan Hindmarsh then came on and, along with Calum Bickerton, worked in a great partnership drying up the runs. Bickerton then got two wickets himself before he came off and finished with 2-11.
Birkett came back into the attack and the batsman still couldn’t score, thanks to the bowling which was backed up again by outstanding Tillside fielding. Birkett got his name in the book with an outstanding caught-and-bowled and finished his spell with another wicket to finish with 2-33 off 12 overs.
Wales was brought on to bowl and in his first and only over took a caught-and-bowled. With Alan Hindmarsh bowling a tight line, the home side were all out for 80.
Tillside 2nds faced Benwell and Walbottle 2nds at Etal and in a tough game the visitors posted a decent score of 179 with their top scorer on 77 not out.
Keith Bickerton (35) and Ronan Atkinson (64) gave Tillside a solid base from which to chase it down, but wickets started to fall and Tillside were left still chasing 20 in the final three overs to maintain their 100 per cent start.
In the end, it went to the final over, with James Whittle hitting a boundary with a six to win the game.
Berwick 1sts went down to a big 177-run defeat at the hands of Whickham in the Northumberland League.
Whickham batted fast and their top order bats were all in the runs with Lee Hargreaves on 70, Matthew Rodger on 64, Jeff Bowman on 51 and Mick Armstrong on 40.
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This helped the home side post a big score of 297-5 in their 50 overs, which was always going to be a big target for the visitors. Berwick slipped to 120 all out in reply.
Berwick 2nds went down by seven wickets in their game against Blue Flames 2nds.
Berwick batted first and posted 149 all out with Brian Simmons the mainstay of the innings with 57. Two bowlers took three wickets apiece.
Blue Flames chased it down for the loss of only three wickets with Irfan Ullah on 75 not out and Sultan Zeb on 42 not out.
Warenford picked up a 45-run win over Whickham 2nds at home.
Dan Patterson was the star of the Waren innings with a score of 105 as they put on 259 with tail-enders Kevin Greshon on 38 and Tony Potts on 37 not out.
Tom Smith then took 6-36 with the ball as Waren tried to prevent Whickham reaching their target.
They were helped by late knocks of 38 not out from Matty King and 34 from Alex McGregor, but eventually fell short at 214-9 in their 50 overs.
Wooler won by eight wickets when they travelled to take on Corbridge 2nds.
Corbridge were all out for only 66 with Robert Matthewson taking four wickets for the second week in a row. Les Porteous then hit 30 not out as Wooler posted 67-2 in reply.
Embleton achieved a two-wicket win over Ashington Rugby 2nds.
Ashington made 131 all out with Kevin Hetherington and Jonny Acaster both hitting 34. Hedley Grey took 4-32 before the home side replied with 134-8 with opener Liam Turnbull the top scorer on 52.
Fixtures for the local sides this Saturday are:
Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League: Alnwick 1sts v Morpeth 1sts; Tillmouth 1sts v Alnmouth & Lesbury 1sts; Alnmouth & Lesbury 2nds v Lintz 2nds; Morpeth 2nds v Alnwick 2nds; Ryton 2nds v Tillside 2nds.
Northumberland League: Berwick 1sts v Blue Flames 1sts; Warkworth 1sts v Whickham 1sts; Clara Vale 1sts v Warenford; Alnmouth & Lesbury v Berwick 2nds; Cramlington 2nds v Embleton; Wooler v Monkseaton 2nds; Rock v Blyth 2nds; Stobswood 2nds v Warkworth 2nds.