Comfortable derby win for seconds

Morpeth II line up for a team photo before their game against Alnwick II. Picture by Keith Robertson.
Morpeth II line up for a team photo before their game against Alnwick II. Picture by Keith Robertson.

Morpeth II (110-3) v Alnwick II (108-9) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division B2

A good team performance enabled Morpeth seconds to record a victory against their local rivals.

Some of the players and club volunteers helped the groundsman to dry the pitch and prepare the wicket after a night of rain on the Longhirst Hall ground and although the start was delayed by half an hour, the game went ahead.

Alnwick II were going well on 19-0 when Under 15 Mackenzie Clark held on to a superb catch to remove Harrison for 11 and set Morpeth on their way.

Some accurate bowling from Stephen Parsons and Ciaran Porter slowed the visitors’ runs to 34-1 off the first 12 overs. The pressure applied from accurate and straight bowling could have resulted in two more wickets if Parsons and Stephen Cowell had been able to hold two difficult chances.

The game was turned on its head when, in a spell of four maidens in six overs, reluctant bowler Thomas Truscott was just too quick for Alnwick. He took two wickets in his first three overs.

Alnwick’s batsmen played some big shots when the opportunities arose, however only Lobb was able to get a start thanks to some impressive shot making and skill before falling to Truscott for 27.

Truscott was supported fantastically by Doug Turnbull, who showed great variation, pace and guile to finish his nine over spell with three wickets for 24 runs.

However, it was Truscott that was to end as the star with the ball as he finished his nine overs with four wickets and he only conceded 10 runs.

The away side’s young batsmen fronted up well to the remaining deliveries and managed to reach a creditable 108-9 in their 40 overs.

Porter and Connor Ballantyne took a wicket each.

Whilst this was not a massive total and Morpeth had been scoring more runs in recent weeks, the home side knew the soft wicket would not be the easiest when they chased down their victory target.

But Morpeth were able to get off to a strong start, with captain Jason Taylor and young wicketkeeper Joe Carrick able to take the sting out of the Alnwick bowling attack.

Carrick fell to the last ball before drinks for 21. Taylor (27) fell shortly after the drinks break with the score still below 60 to give Alnwick hope, however Truscott and Turnbull were able to power the score towards the target.

Truscott was dismissed to a slower ball from Dixon when on 23 and it was left to Cowell and Turnbull (22 not out) to take the side to victory.

Truscott took the man-of-the-match honours.

It was a disappointing day, however, for Morpeth I as they lost away to Alnwick I.

Morpeth were all out for 113 (Rick Jones scored 30) and Alnwick reached their target for the loss of just two wickets.