Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Leagues

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Leagues

Article excerpt

FOR once cricketers in the north enjoyed the best of the weather and on a day when just four matches out of 180 across the region reached a conclusion two of those came in the Northumberland League.

The one 'outright' in the Premier Division came at Warkworth, where the home team brushed aside their depleted opponents to notch up a victory in a match which lasted just 33 overs.

With skipper Glen Bird getting married, star player Scott Middlemist the best man and two other key players also attending the nuptials meant, Berwick were some way off full strength and they were exposed after surprisingly electing to bat after winning the toss.

That decision soon backfired and, after a relatively sedate start which saw them advance to 19-0, the roof caved in big style as ten wickets crashed for the addition of just 40 more runs.

Adam Hall (6-28 from 10.5 overs) and Martin Clark (4-21 from 11 overs) never let up once they got the sniff of blood, reducing the border boys to 21-4, then 48-8 and finally 59 all out.

The only man to withstand the barrage to any degree was stand-in skipper James Patterson with 19 from 21 balls.

The Warkworth run-chase was then done and dusted inside 12 overs as Michael Sewell (24no from 20 balls) and Chris Glass (21no) ensured there were no undue delays to tempt the advancing storm clouds into rushing to Berwick's aid.

Those clouds did hit Tillside after 42 overs of play against Clara Vale, but at least both sides earned points from the abandoned match after the Vale making it to 173 before losing their final wicket and Tillside rushing to 18 without loss from the two overs they faced.

The feature of the Vale innings was a century second-wicket partnership between Hussain Mirza (35 from 39 balls) and Usman Saeed (51 from 58 balls with three sixes) and then a late 13-ball blast of 28 from Muhammad Ashraf which rescued the innings after a mid-order collapse caused by Cam McGregor (4-55). Sam Culham then cracked 14 from nine balls immediately after tea, but it was the crack of thunder which provided the most threat as the players scurried from the field never to return. …

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