Cricket league draws to close with final games of season
Local sides saw the Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League draw to a close at the weekend with the final games of the season.
There were no honours this time around for Tillside, Berwick, Warenford or Wooler, although Rock finished top of Division 6.
Tillside 1sts finished eighth in Division 2 following a last day 51 run home defeat to Ponteland 1sts. Ben O’Brien was 66 not out and Infsaar Fazal hit 55 for Pont, who put on 194-6. Tillside were all out for 143 with Ross Hindmarsh the leading bat on 37.
In Division 3, Berwick 1sts finished on a high with a three wicket away win over Ashington Rugby 1sts, ending the season in seventh place. Ashington batted first and were 177 all out with Dave Dent on 48 and Adam Peacock on 45. Sam Straughan took 4-43 for Berwick, who in reply were 179-7 with Scott Middlemist top scoring on 84.
Tillside 2nds ended the season in tenth place and finished with a 149 run defeat away to Kirkley, who were runners-up behind Seaton Burn. Michael Nicholson top scored with 84 as Kirkley posted a big score of 274-6 with Mark Davison taking 3-51. Tillside were all out for 125 in reply, Jack Bagness on 25.
Warenford ended with a six wicket home defeat to Cramlington 2nds, finishing ninth in the table. Tony Potts hit 45 as Waren put on 146-9, Kevin Doyle taking 4-25. Harry McCabe was 73 not out as Cramlington replied with 147-4.
Rock edged out Howick by only four points to win Division 6. This was despite the fact that Howick won their top of the table clash by nine runs. Howick posted 132-9 in their 40 overs with Ian pearson hitting 42, George Cockayne taking 4-26 and Joe Ferry 3-18. Rock were 123-8 in reply with Andrew Bottomer top scoring on 46 and opener Kevin Wilson on 32. Three Howick bowlers took two wickets apiece.
Wooler ended the season in fifth place following a last day 82 run defeat away to Stobswood 2nds. Anthony Wingfield hit 69 as Stobswood posted 171 all out with Andrew Aitchison taking 3-34. Wooler were 87-8 in reply with Karl Watson taking 3-20.
Embleton finished third in the table, but were unable to raise a team and conceded their final day fixture to Berwick who were in seventh place.