WHEN two unbeaten rivals went head-to-head at the weekend, something had to give.

And in addition to enjoying local bragging rights with victory over the Tyne Valley neighbours, Tynedale lifted the inaugural trophy in memory of a loyal servant to both clubs.

The Maurice Miller Trophy was contested for the first time this year after the popular cricketer died earlier this year.

Mr Miller started his playing career at Tynedale during the 1940s, and after retiring, he fitted his umpiring days around his many roles on the committee at Stocksfield, including president and groundsman.

The two teams went into the contest boasting two wins from two, but it was Tyne captain Tom Cant smiling more broadly at the conclusion as he received the trophy from Mr Miller's widow, Amanda.

Hosts Stocksfield won the toss and elected to bat first, but they could not have got off to a worse start as Chris Patterson sent his shot straight into the hands of bowler Matthew Scott from the opening ball of the game.

It didn't get much better as his replacement Jonny Tobin was lbw to Scott for just one run.

Adrian Marrison departed for 15 with the score on 38-3, caught behind by Oliver Fletcher off the bowling of Sam Peter.

A 79-run partnership between Steven Henderson and Sam Beedle rescued the innings, Beedle the first to depart as they both made 56 runs. Matthew Bewick (2), Ryan Chamberlain (5), Alex Roney (0) and James Tolchard (0) were unable to bolster the score, with Sam Mannion taking three wickets against his former side.

Brothers Chris (9no) and Matthew Scandle (13no) stuck around as Stocksfield ended on 190.

Tyne openers Cant and Daniel Parker inflicted the damage as they put on an opening partnership of 91 before Parker was bowled by Chamberlain on 46.

Fletcher (4), Mannion (5) and James Rainford (0) fell in quick succession, with Euan Stephenson (6) following suit.

Jamie Crichton (34no) and Cant put on 43 until the skipper finally fell to a delivery from Patterson, Cant making 83 from 98 balls, including 11 fours.

Chamberlain took three wickets and Patterson two but Tynedale secured the victory with an over remaining.

Corbridge are still looking for their first win of the season as they lost by three wickets to visitors Lintz.

Electing to bat first, there were steady contributions throughout the order as they ended their innings on 202.

Openers Joe Barber (24) and Ross Atkinson (29) made their way into the 20s with regular boundaries, with Hedley Renton (14) and Mark Rowell (12) building on the start.

Corey Dover (27), Graeme Rowell (20) and Andy Percival (24) stuck around, with Andrew Dover (25) and Connor Garrett-Jowsey (24no) also making their marks.

Lintz, however, just had that little edge as they nudged their way ever closer to their target.

Barber claimed the first wicket of the innings, but decent partnerships were formed throughout.

Knocks from opener Johnny Forster (44) and Tom Forster (45) proved vital in the run chase. Both fell to the bowling of Mark Rowell.

The game was in the balance going into the final over, but Lintz found the required runs with four balls to go.