Defeats for Tillside and Berwick, but Wooler win
Tillside 1sts went down by 15 runs at home to Blue Flames 1sts in Division 2 of the Northumberland & Tyneside Cricket League at the weekend.
Abubakar Maqsood hit 39 and Amir Riaz 33 as Blue Flames posted 170 all out with Calum Bickerton taking 4-28 and Cam McGregor 3-42. The defeat leaves Tillside third from bottom of the tableon 183 points.
Berwick 1sts went down to a two wicket defeat at the hands of Alnmouth & Lesbury 2nds in Division 3. Berwick batted first and James Patterson hit 53 as they put on 170-9 in their 50 overs, with Evan Moir taking 3-29. Alnmouth reached their target of 171-8 in 45 overs with Stuart Phillips 48 not out, Thorsten Robinson on 42 and Archie Elder on 40. Patterson took three of the wickets for Berwick. Berwick atre currently eighth in the table on 182 points, with Alnmouth one place above.
Warenford’s home game against Bates Cottages in Division 5 was called off when the visitors conceded.
Tillside 2nds lost by six wickets away to Morpeth 2nds. Andrew Skeen hit 42 and Dan Caddick 41 as Tillside made 133 all out, with A Lyall taking 4-34. Morpeth chased it down in 26 overs at 135-4 with Ben Gascogne on 32, Ryan Hope on 31 and Liam Day on 31 not out. Tillside remain second from bottom of the table on 145 points.
Wooler had a big nine wicket home win over Berwick 2nds in Division 6. Brian Simmons was 46 not out as the visitors struggled to 78 all out with Robert Mathewson taking 5-21 and Andrew Aitchison 3-7. Wooler needed only 16 overs to reach 82-1 with Les Porteous 37 not out and Angus Todd on 33.
Embleton won by 24 runs when they faced league leaders Rock at home. Paul Carss hit 47 as Embleton posted 111 all out with Tom Parkinson taking 6-20. Rock were 87 all out in reply with George Cockayne on 23, Graham Stephenson taking 4-19.
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Fixtures for the NTCL for Saturday (August 10) are:
Division 2 - Leadgate 1sts v Tillside 1sts.
Division 3 - Warkworth 1sts v Berwick 1sts.
Division 5 - Seaton Burn 2nds v Warenford; Tillside 2nds v Blagdon 2nds.
Division 6 - Howick v Embleton; Berwick 2nds v Warkworth 2nds; Rock v Wooler.