Premierwins for Tillside and Berwick

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Tillside 1sts had a big 164-run win over Blyth in the Northumberland League Premier Division at the weekend.

The Etal side batted first and with Iain Sim hitting an unbeaten 98 off 57 balls, including 15 boundaries, they posted 246-7 in their 50 overs.

Mathew Whitty hit 43 and Toby Culham 33 with Gareth Hill on 27.

David Ebdale was Blyth’s most successful bowler with figures of 4-30.

In reply the visitors were all out for 82, with 30 of those coning as extras.

Jake Birkett took 3-28 with Liam Hindmarsh, Whittey and Jack MacDonald all claiming two apiece.

Berwick 1sts recorded a four wicket win over xxxx

xxx set a target of 164 and the foundations for the Berwick victory were laid by the opening partnership of Martin Hush and Gregor Thompson, who had a stand of 83.

After a few cheap wickets fell, Scott Middlemist had a timely 39, and with Steven Emery adding 18 down at number eight the Pier Field side managed to surpass their target.

In Division 1 Berwick 2nds had a 35-run victory over Civil Service.

Berwick batted first and with Mark Woodcock hitting 42 and David Currie 37, they were all out for 173 in the 41st over.

This was mainly down to the bowling of Nikhil Bharti who finished with fine figures of 5-10 off only 3.1 overs.

Don Marshall then hit 52 in reply for Civil Service, but with none of the other batsmen getting to grips with the bowling they were all out for 138 in 35 overs.

Currie, Jordan Woodcock and Bhavesh Soni did the damage by all taking three wickets.

Warenford’s promotion push in the second division continued with a big ten wicket home win over Bomarsund.

The visitors batted first, but they were all out for only 111 in 33 overs with Dan Robinson their top scorer on 27.

Bertie Spence took 3-16 and John Hogg 3-34.

In reply the Waren opening bats of Brian Thompson (57) and Dan Patterson (52) both carried their bats for half centuries as they coasted to victory.

In Division 3 Wooler had an 85-run victory over Monkseaton 3rds.

With Andrew Aitchison hitting 66 not out and opener Les Porteous on 45, the Glendale side posted 239-6 in their 40 overs.

Andrew Rees and Malcolm Anderson both claimed two wickets for the visitors, who in reply hit 154-7, with opener Gary Benns their top scorer on 42. Aitchison took 3-23 and Angus Todd 3-26.

Also in Division 3, Tillside 2nds went down to a five wicket defeat at the hands of Gateshead EM.

Tillside batted first and got off to a decent start with Dave Reay on 32, Law Atkinson on 28 and Jamie Pick on 26.

But with tailender Hamish Miller the only other main contributor on 22, they finished on 164-8.

In reply Nasir Amir hit 53 and Jawed Qureshi 41 as GEMs hit 168-5, passing their target in the 34th over.

Kevin Logan and Jamie Pick claimed two wickets apiece.