Steven Emery claimed a hat-trick as Berwick 1sts recorded a comfortable away win over Gateshead Ethnic Minorities in the Northumberland Cricket League Premier Division at the weekend.
Gateshead batted first but they were restricted to only 119 all out, with Wales claiming 5-52 and Emery, including his hat-trick, 4-67.
It was only same late, solid hitting by the home bats, including a last wicket partnership of 61, which took them over the ton.
Berwick opened up steadily with Hush on 33 and Murray on 23, and it was left to Wales and Shearer, both on 18, to see them over the line as they chased down their target within 20 overs.
Tillside 1sts also won by six wickets when they took on Clara Vale at Etal on Saturday in the Premier League.
The visitors batted first and they put on 167 all out after 45 overs with Shahzad Alvi their top scorer on 38 before he was run out. Riaz Mohammad also put on 32 before being bowled LBW.
Jake Birkett was the pick of the Tillside bowlers of 4-42, which also included one broken stump.
Birkett then top-scored for the home side on 65 not out as the hosts cruised to victory at 171-4 in the 36th over.
Birkett’s innings consisted of nine fours and two sixes, and he ably supported by Ross Hindmarsh, who made 33 before he was run out.
In Division 1, Berwick 2nds went down to a seven wicket defeat at the hands of Monkseaton.
Berwick won the toss and elected to bat, but John Simmons was the only home player to make a valid contribution, hitting five fours and two sixes on his way to a top score of 43.
With opener Mark Woodcock the next best on 17 they were all out for only 96, which was always going to be an easy target for the visitors.
Gavin Rankin took 4-26 for Monkseaton,who in reply eased their way to 97-3 in less than 28 overs with openers Chris Beever (31) and Cameron Butler (37 not out) the mainstay of the innings.
Veteran batsman Brian Thompson was the toast of Warenford as he hit an unbeaten century in their 105 run victory over Ashington Rugby in Division 2.
Thompson hit a splendid 120 not out, and with Ryan Thompson adding 38 it meant Waren posted a healthy 212-6 in their 40 overs.
Bennie Tanney with 3-29 was Ashington’s best bowler.
In reply Ashington struggled and it wasn’t until tail-enders Craig Jobson hit 28 and Trevor Elliott 30 that they managed to sneak past the ton mark, their final score being 107 all out in less than 26 overs.
Graham Rogerson and John Hogg claimed four wickets apiece for Waren, who remain top of the table.
In Division 3 Tillside 2nds had a big 204-run victory over Monkseaton. With Luke Dickson on 76 not out and opener Dave Reay carrying his bat to 74 not out, Tillside made 255-4 in their 40 overs.
Monkseaton then only had two batsmen in double figures, both on 13 runs, as they were skittled for only 51 in less than 22 overs. In a tight spell of bowling, Davy Robertson claimed a fine 4-6 in six overs.
Also in Division 3, Wooler had a big eight wicket victory over Civil Service 2nds.
With Paul Woodley on 48 and Ross Higginson on 33, Civil Service put on 171 in just over 39 overs. Robert Matthewson took 3-43 with Andrew Aitchison and Angus Todd taking two wickets apiece.
In reply, Wooler coasted to 177-2 in less than 33 overs with Matthewson on 68 and Todd on 59 not out.
*Played on Sunday at Bates Cottages, the Northumberland League retained the Duke of Northumberland Cup.
They scored 289-7 after electing to bat. S Gibson hit 45, Sean Collins 63 and L Hindmarsh 62 not out with Jaswinder Singh taking 3-56 off his eight overs.
In reply the President’s XI started well with 73 from opener James Davidson and 32 from Singh. This was backed up with 44 from Anthony Quarrell but the challengers fell short at 216 all out.