THE weather played a crucial role at the top of the Northumberland League where Blue Flames took over at the top after managing to take two more points from their game than Bedlington did from theirs, thus reversing league positions with the Flames now holding the one point advantage.
The Terriers managed 42 overs in their match against Bomarsund, with Sean McAfferty making his first century for the club as he powered his side to a score of 247-4. McAfferty cracked 18 fours and 4 sixes in his brilliant 135 and was given great support by Darren Leason (72no).
Blue Flames’ game at Berwick was in a fascinating state – the border boys had been bowled out for 151 with Keith Brown picking up a five wicket haul, but then the Flames were flickering on 125-6 after Scott Middlemist bagged 3-9 in 10 overs before play finally ended after 32.4 second innings overs.
Alnmouth were the day’s only winners, trouncing Corbridge by eight wickets. Robin Tudor (4-24) and Ben Oliver (3-17) reduced Corbridge to 109 all out, and then Ian Pearson blasted 3 sixes and 7 boundaries in a blistering 63 as Alnmouth cruised home in 19.2 overs.
Clara Vale could well have been on the way to a crucial victory at Bates Cottages. They bowled their hosts out for 108 with Riaz Mohammed (4-36) and Mohammed Saqib (3-31) doing the damage. But before the Vale got the chance to chase down the runs for a win that could have thrown them a relegation life line, the rains came down.