Shearer hat-trick turns cup tie for Berwick
Berwick 1sts and Alnwick 1sts were involved in an extraordinary game of cricket in a Tyneside Charity Bowl match last Wednesday at the Pier Field.
On a bitterly cold night, Berwick eventually triumphed courtesy of losing fewer wickets, after both sides scored 102 runs in their 18 overs.
Berwick, with Elliot Keenan top scoring on 32, lost seven wickets and Alnwick nine.
But that only tells half the story. The game was slipping from Berwick’s grasp when Michael Shearer changed the course of the match with a run out before claiming a remarkable hat-trick of wickets in his haul of 5-21, which set up the nail biting finale.
It was Berwick’s second successive cup victory over Alnwick, as the previous week they had beaten them in the preliminary round of the Thomas Wilson League Cup in Alnwick. In that game the home side were 106-5 in 18 overs, Berwick chasing it down at 107 without loss in 13 overs.
Meanwhile, heavy rain on Saturday meant the entire Northumberland & Tyneside Cricket League card was wiped out. All games were cancelled and all teams awarded five points.
Teams will be hoping for better conditions for this Saturday’s fixtures (May 15):
Tillside 1sts v Backworth 1sts; Berwick 1sts v Corbridge 1sts; Howick v Tillside 2nds; Alnwick 2nds v Warenford; Monkseaton 1sts v Rock; Tillside 2nds v Cramlington 2nds; Embleton v Blyth 2nds; Stobswood 2nds v Berwick 2nds; Wooler v Warkworth 2nds.Blyth 2nds v Berwick 2nds; Embleton v Stobswood 2nds; Wooler v Ulgham 2nds.
After four weeks, leading positions in the NTCL are:
Div 2 – Tillside 92, Whickham 90, Ponteland 71, Blagdon 70, Alnwick 67
Div 3 – Berwick 95, Ashington Rugby 94, GEMs 94, Corbridge 71, Stocksfield 68.
Div 5 North – Morpeth 90, Ashington Rugby 88, Bedlington 88, Warenford 88, Cramlington 68, Alnwick 47, Blagdon 46, Monkseaton 45, Tillside 40, Howick 27, Ulgham 21, Rock 11.
Div 6 North – Stobswood 91, Berwick 69, Blyth 69, Embleton 62, Bomarsund 44, Warkworth 39, Wooler 36, Ulgham 15.