Lack of runs costly

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Mitford I (188-7) v Warkworth II (189-6) Alnwick and District League

MITFORD firsts fell to a disappointing home defeat on Saturday as none of their batsmen could make a big score.

Openers Colin Crowe and Joe Jackson epitomised this by playing themselves in before being dismissed for 12 and 19 respectively.

Dan Tuite played some good attacking shots and he looked set to make his half century until he was bowled on 36.

Graham Parks (15) and Andrew O’Neill (17) were others to fall in their teens, but then Graham Potts added some impetus late in the innings.

He was the unlucky one as he ran out of overs – finishing on 33 not out in Mitford’s total of 188 for seven.

Warkworth got off to a bad start in reply when Alistair Gibson was bowled by Tuite for a duck, but they soon established control.

First Huitson (35) and Spoors (37) put together an effective partnership, then Scott Gibson upped the scoring rate and looked in command as he reached his half century.

He was eventually dismissed by Craig Mole, who took another wicket soon afterwards, but despite Tuite getting another two and Stephen Jones bowling Spoors, it was too little too late as Warkworth reached their victory target with 16 balls to spare.