Winning starts for Berwick and Tillside 1sts in Premier League
The new cricket season opened on Saturday, when in chilly conditions, Berwick and Tillside 1sts got their Northumberland Premier League campaigns off to winning starts.
On a cold and breezy day at the Pier Field, Berwick 1st XI kicked off with an eight wicket win over newly promoted Ulgham.
Ulgham won the toss and elected to bat, a decision which looked misjudged when Berwick opening bowlers Steven Emery and Sean Wales picked up where they left off last campaign, ripping through the Ulgham top order to restrict the visitors to 25-5. Runs came with great difficulty for the visitors and they were eventually bowled out for an under par 77. Emery and Wales sharing seven wickets with change bowlers Middlemist and Thompson grabbing the other three.
Berwick’s new opening partnership of Gregor Thomson and Martin Hush set about chasing the total, but after a solid start, Hush perished for five, mistiming a pull shot. He was soon followed back to the pavilion by Thomson who was clean bowled for 15. Any chances of a Berwick collapse were quickly extinguished as Middlemist and Wales guided Berwick over the line inside 16 overs.
Tillside 1sts opened with a four wicket win over Blyth at Etal.
Blyth batted first and were all out for 119 with Mark Lawrence the top scorer on 38. Stuart Wright was Tillside’s most successful bowler with figures of 4-36.
In reply, Tillside made 123-6 with Jake Birkett the top scorer on 35.
Berwick 2nds went down to a three wicket defeat at Bomarsund in Division 1.
Berwick batted first and with Bhavesh Soni making 82 and Jordan Woodcock 36, they managed to put on a respectable 188-9. Dan Robinson with 3-18 was Bomarsund’s most successful bowler.
But in replay Bomarsund swept to 189-7, with opener Colin Thornton top-scoring on 77 not out and Adam McTaggart on 59. Mark Woodcock was Berwick’s best bowler with figures of 3-36.
Newly promoted Warenford, in their first game in Division 1, suffered a heavy eight wicket home defeat at the hands of Hebburn.
Alan Sinton (15) was the only bat in double figures as they were reduced to only 47 all out, with Nick Robson the match-winner on figures of 5-5.
Hebburn then raced to 49-2 to take maximum points.
In Division 2, Tillside 2nds opened with a big 80 run away win over Clara Vale.
Tillside batted first and scored 168-6 with Keith Bickerton on 70 and Jamie Pick on 36.
The visitors then bowled their hosts out for 88 with xxx taking figures of 5-1 off seven overs, which included six maidens.
In Division 3, Wooler had a high-scoring victory over Kirkley.
The game started with a minute’s silence for Dick Clarke, a founder member of Wooler CC, who died earlier in the week.
The Glendale side batted first, and with Andy Gallivan on 77 not out, Andrew Aitchison on 56 and Ian Clarke on 52, they put on a big score of 242-4 in their 40 overs.
Kirkley, with David Alexander on 47 and Bertie Hinson on 44, managed 200 in reply, but fell short of their target. Gallivan was Wooler’s top bowler on 3-35.
* Fixtures for Saturday (April 30) are:
Premier League - Blue Flames v Berwick; Ashington Rugby v Tillside.
Div 1 - Berwick 2nds v Blagdon Park; Whitley Bay v Warenford.
Div 2 - Tillside 2nds v Whitley Bay 2nds;.
Div 3 - Alnmouth and Lesbury v Wooler.