Warkworth take another step towards promotion

Warkworth's Adam Hall at the crease against Berwick 2nds. Picture by Steve Miller
Warkworth's Adam Hall at the crease against Berwick 2nds. Picture by Steve Miller

Warkworth remain unbeaten this season after an emphatic 213-run victory over Berwick seconds at the Castle Field on Saturday.

Batting first and with heavy showers about, they amassed 260-6 declared in 43 overs.

Alastair and Scott Gibson opened up and put on 77, with the latter stroking his way to a fluent 52 before being caught on the long off boundary.

This was bittersweet for Berwick as the fielder, Brian Simmons, broke a finger in taking the catch and was escorted off to hospital by John Simmons.

Warkwoth continued the assault, with Mark Robson hitting a quickfire 57, and he was well supported by Alastair Gibson with 37, Adam Hall on 30 and Keith Puddephatt on 37.

Berwick were still two players down when they started their innings in dramatic fashion, with Thomson clipping a ball off his legs straight onto the head of Robson at short leg, who kept his composure to take the catch from the deflected ball.

However, he had to quickly leave the field for repairs with blood streaming from a deep cut above this eye, which required another hospital visit and seven stiches.

Berwick then continued to lose quick wickets, with Adam Hall rampant, taking 5-8, and he was well supported by Martin Clark, with 2-39.

The Berwick innings closed on 47, with only Wilson showing any resistance in making a good 28.

With Warkworth topping the division one table on 347 points, a few more victories will see them promoted back to the Northumberland Premier League.

With no first team game this Saturday, the club have organised what could be described as a friendly fixture between the current first team and Warkworth Old Boys for Sunday at 2pm.

The club invite all supporters and players who have represented the club in any era to come along and watch the game with old friends.

Tillside scored a crucial win over league leaders Bates Cottages to move within nine points of the top side.

Tillside skipper Gareth Hill put the visitors in to bat, and despite good early knocks from Gavin Turnbull (40) and Ross Symington (64), the last seven batsmen failed to reach double figures as Bates were all out for 172. Matthew Whitty and Jake Birkett took four wickets apiece.

After losing two cheap wickets early in their innings, Tillside got to grips with their challenge, and an unbeaten 68 from Liam Hindmarsh and solid knocks from Jack Bagness (22) and Whitty (29) saw them home with three wickets to spare.

Warenford opener Brian Thompson was in sparkling form in his side’s 83-run win over Stobswood Welfare.

He scored 118 as his side scored 233-3 off their 40 overs, then followed it up by taking 2-5 off three overs as the visitors were allout for 150.

Daniel Patterson (36) and Kevin Thompson (30 no out) added valuable runs to the home side’s total.

Esmond Black (41) and Dale Townsley (43) did their best for Stobswood, but Warenford were always in command.

Kevin Thompson (3-37), Ian Patterson (3-27) and Alistair Grieve (1-15) were their other wicket-takers along with man of the match Brian Thompson.

On Saturday, Warenford are away to Clara Vale.

Wooler recorded a seven-wicket win over Embleton with Ian Clarke (66 not out) and Michael McLean (61) seeing them to a winning 161-3 total.

Batting first, Embleton were all out for 158 with Gary Davison top scoring with 61.