Tillside continued their unbeaten start to the Northumberland Cricket League season as they beat Bomarsund in a high scoring game at Etal on Saturday.
Winning the toss home skipper Hill thought with the cloud cover he would bowl first and it looked a good decision as Jake Birkett had Straker pinned in front with his second ball. After this though wickets were few and far between as first Steve Thain hit a quick 44 punishing anything short and after he had gone father and son Colin and Sam Thornton put 92 on for the fourth wicket as they moved the score onto 164. With 6 overs to go Bomarsund were 179-5 and the home side were looking at restricting them to around 215 but Jonathan Scope had other ideas and when a dropped catch gave him an early repreive he went onto punish the Tillside bowlers as he smashed 49 from 23 balls. Matthews gave him support with 27 as they hit 70 from the last 6 overs to finish on an imposing 249-5.
Tillside needed to get off to a good start and that’s just what they did as the young openers Ross Hindmarsh and Jack Bagness put on 132 for the first wicket scoring at 6 an over. Hindmarsh went for his maiden league 50 scoring 56 but Andrew Reed continued where he left off as he hit 41 in 27 balls as he and Bagness took the score past 200. The loudest groan of the day was heard in the pavilion though when Bagness was bowled for 99 denying him his first 100 but it was a wonderful knock by the 17 year old one which took his team to the brink of victory. Liam Hindmarsh another batsman in form saw the team home hitting successive fours in what was a fine win and keeps the Etal side at the top of the league at this early stage of the season.
Berwick had a good 136-run victory over Ashington Rugby in the Premier League.
The foundations for the win were laid by batsmen Scott Middlemist (83 not out) and James Patterson, with an unbeaten 60, which helped the team to a score of 219-5 off their 50 overs.
Dean Graves with 3-20 was Ashington’s most successful bowler.
The visitors then struggled to 83 all out with opener Chris Harwood their top scorer on 27.
They were all out in the 27th over with Sean Wales taking 4-38, Michael Shearer 3-14 and Steven Emery 3-30.
In Division 1 Berwick 2nds travelled to Whitley Bay where they lost by seven wickets.
John Simmons top-scored with 45 and Richard Farish hit 31 as Berwick posted 171.
Craig Sample was Whitley Bay’s main wicket-taker on 4-25.
In reply the home side eased their way to 172-3 in less than 30 overs with John Hymers not out on 44, Liam Tobin and Steven Kirk both on 35. Mark Woodcock took 2-30 for the visitors.
In the second division Warenford beat Blue Flames by a massive 236 runs.
Waren batted first and with Ian Patterson hitting 76 they put on 292-8 off their 40 overs, with Michael Thompson on 59 and opener Brian Patterson on 43. Patterson hit 11fours and three sixes on his way to his top score.
In reply, Blue Flames were all out for only 56 with their top scorer on 12. All the wickets were shared around the Waren bowlers with four of them - Graham Rogerson, Daniel Patterson, Michael Thompson and Ian Patterson claiming two wickets apiece.
In the third division, Wooler went down to an eight wicket defeat at the hands of Gateshead Ethnic Minorities 2nds.
Wooler batted first and with Andrew Aitchison making 47 and Andy Gallivan on 40 not out, the Glendale side posted 168-6 from their 40 overs.
But they had no answer for Ashar Haqqani who batted his way to an unbeaten and match-winning 121, which included 13 fours and five sixes.
Gateshead eased past their target at 172-2.
Also in the second division Tillside 2nds went down to a 64 run defeat away to Rock.
Ben McDougall top scored with 49 as Rock made 170 all out, with Davy Robinson taking 4-56 and Daniel Caddick 3-20.
Gavin Moscrop hit 34 not out, but with Oliver Page and Gary Abdoll each taking four wickets the Etal side struggled their way to 106 all out in the 33rd over.