Birkett hit 142 in record-breaking Tillside stand

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Tillside 1sts had a 120 run victory over Blue Flames in the Premier Division when Jake Birkett emerged the star of the show with a fantastic 142 as the Etal side posted 291-6.

An added bonus was the fact that he and Liam Hindmarsh (69) shared a league record fifth wicket stand of 213.

In reply Blue Flames were all out for 171.

Tillside lost the toss as Blue Flames elected to field. On a green track the bounce early on was variable and Ross Hind marsh was back in the pavilion early, but a steady stand between Jack Bagness (20) and Andrew Reed (23) set a platform and tired out their attack as its Ramadan and therefore no drink or water for eight of the opposition players!!

Matty Whitty with a short and sweet eight, was followed by the firework Birkett (142) and Liam Hindmarsh (69), who smashed their way to a record-breaking fifth wicket partnership of 213.

Blue Flames were set 292 to win. They lost wickets at regular intervals but with some lame fielding by McGregor, who was obviously thinking about his birthday meal, they slowly headed to our total but eventually at the loss of wickets just dropped anchor to get batting points.

Sean Whitty, back from the Netherlands, got two wickets, and veteran Hecta Hindmarsh 4-24.

Berwick 1sts went down to a narrow five run defeat at the hands of Kirkley in the Premier Division.

Kirkley won the toss and elected to bat. Scott Middlemist took 4-41, but with four of the home bats hitting 23 runs-plus, they managed to out on a creditable 175, being all out in the 45th over.

Nalindra Premchandra hit 38 for Berwick as an opening bat, but they lost two very early wickets, both to ducks, and at 9-2 they knew they were up against it.

Berwick managed to recover, mainly due to a knock of 52 not out from Sean Wales, but the other tail-enders just came up short and they were all out for 170 after just 37 overs, with Ed Common claiming 4-56.

Warenford went down to a one wicket defeat at the hands of Whitley Bay in Division 2.

Tony Potts top scored with 40 as Waren made 144, with Chris Wrigley taking 4-34 for the opposition.

Whitley Bay then had openers Graeme Turnbull and Mark Harris hit 54 and 32 respectively as they set about running down their target.

Potts took 4-31 and Ian Patterson 3-41, but Bay managed to scrape home with 145-9 at the end of their 40 overs.

In Division 3 Tillside 2nds had a six wicket win over Alnmouth and Lesbury.

Anthony Elliott top scored with 32 as Alnmouth struggled to make 89 in their 40 overs, with Calum Bickerton taking 3-16.

It was a modest total for Tillside to chase down, which they did comfortably with opener Keith Bickerton carrying his bat for an unbeaten 42, with Lee Dodd providing the best back-up with 22.

Also in Division 3, Wooler had a narrow 24 run victory over Kirkley.

Andrew Aitchison hit 14 boundaries on his way to a top score of 81 as the Glendale side posted a total of 208-8 in their 40 overs. Rachael Gillott was Kirkley’s best bowler with figures of 3-31.

Mark Douse, batting down at seven, hit a late 64 as Kirkley tried to close out their target, but with Robert Matthewson taking 5-42 they came up short at 184-9 at the end of their 40 overs.

In midweek Berwick 1sts had a big nine wicket win over Warenford in the Thomas Wilson Memorial Cup.

Waren batted first, but they only managed to put on 94, with Ian Patterson the top scorer on 26. They were all out in the 17th over with James Thompson taking a frugal 4-5 and Scott Middlemist 4-33.

Berwick then coasted into the next round of the competition with Lee Mark on 46 not out and fellow opener Nalinda Premchandra making 40 as they put on 95-1.