Warenford only local winners in cricket league
It wasn’t a good weekend for the local sides in the Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League on Saturday with Warenford the only winners.
Tillside tasted a double defeat at the hands of Alnwick, while both Berwick teams went down against Blagdon Park and Embleton. There were also losses for Wooler and Rock.
Tillside 1sts lost by 79 runs in Division 2 away to Alnwick 1sts. The Etal side made a great start with the ball and had the home side struggling at only 4-3, but they recovered with a 109 fourth-wicket stand to post 169 all out, with Andrew Scott on 84 and Jamie Guy on 51. Callum Bickerton took 5-20 and Sean Wales 3-47, but in reply, Tillside were all out for 90, with Jake Birkett on 32 and Jamie Pick on 20. Gareth Bateman took 4-14 and Alan Straker 3-30.
Berwick 1sts suffered an eight-wicket defeat away to Blagdon Park 1sts in Division 3. Berwick batted first but were only 80 all out with Michael Hush on 21, Harry Johnson taking 5-12 for the home side. Blagdon chased it down in 22 overs at 81-2, with Tom Lakey on 52 not out.
Warenford won by 89 runs away to Monkseaton 1sts in Division 5. Brian Thompson hit 66 and there were knocks of 37 from a Michael Thompson and 29 from Kevin Greshon as they put on 174-7 at the end of their 40 overs. Ian McDine and Ben Windass claimed three wickets apiece for Monkseaton, who in reply were 85 all out, with Richard Ord on 26. Brian Thompson took 4-6 from his four overs.
Tillside 2nds went down to a seven-wicket home defeat at the hands of Alnwick 2nds. Alnwick batted first and Matthew Stewart hit 75 as the visitors found themselves 156-5 at the end of their 40 overs. The Etal side then struggled with the bat, Joe Bickerton and Andrew Skeen both scoring 16 as they found themselves all out for only 84 in reply. Declan Mark and Michael Kirkup did most of the damage with three wickets apiece.
Wooler suffered a 65-run home defeat at the hands of Stobswood 2nds in Division 6. Stobswood put on 141-8, with Stuart Shanks on 43 and Antony Wingfield on 33, Angus Todd taking 3-32. Wooler, in reply, were 76 all out with Laurie Blackburn top-scoring on 16. David Wanless jun took 3-14 for the visitors.
Berwick 2nds went down to an eight wicket home defeat at the hands of Embleton. Richard Farish was the only Berwick bat in double figures on 49 as the home side struggled to reach 90 all out with Hadley Grey and Graham Stephenson both taking three wickets. In reply, a Embleton chased it down without loss with openers Paul Carss and Gary Davison on 46 not out and 36 not out respectively.
Howick won by two wickets when they faced Rock at home. George Cockayne was the mainstay of the Rock batting with 81 not out, the side putting on 136 all out, with Paul Marley taking 5-13 in six overs. Howick ran it down in 38 overs at 137-8 with Leon Midgley on 65 not out. Three Rock bowlers claimed two wickets apiece.
*Fixtures for Saturday (June 8) are:
Division 1 - Tillside 1sts v Bates Cottages 1sts.
Division 3 - Whitley Bay 1sts v Berwick 1sts.
Division 5 - Bates Cottages 2nds v Tillside 2nds; Warenford v Bedlington 2nds.
Division 6 - Berwick 2nds v Stobswood 2nds; Rock v Howick; Warkworth 2nds v Embleton.