AFTER a complete washout last Saturday, the district’s cricketers will be hoping for better weather this weekend.

Not a ball was bowled in either the West Tyne League or the Northumberland and Tyneside League on a day of heavy rain showers.

Nevertheless, Stocksfield III and Wylam met on Monday night to finally settle their West Tyne League Division One Knock-out match.

The fixture was originally played on May 29, but was rained off with Wylam on 63-3, after Stocksfield III had finished on 134-7.

The game was replayed on Monday, with Wylam progressing to the next round.

In the Northumberland and Tyneside League, Tynedale took on Annfield Plain in the Tyneside Charity Bowl on Monday, and won convincingly, by nine wickets.

Playing away from home, Tynedale bowled first, and Joshua Shuard got them off to a good start with two wickets in the opening over.

Despite a solid 48 from Shane Oliver, Annfield Plain were all out for 93 from 20 overs. Ben Cuthertson took a superb six-wicket haul (6-9), adding to Shaurd’s two, and one wicket each for Josh Renton and skipper Tom Cant.

In reply, Cant (34) and Sam Mannion (34) were both not out as Tynedale reached 96-1. James Rainford contributed 20 with the bat.

Cant said: “A complete all round performance ensured the first XI made it through to the next round in the Tyneside Charity Bowl.

“The bowlers hit their lines and lengths and were backed up for the most part in the field.

“Ben did a great job this week to ensure the opposition didn’t finish strongly, with four wickets in four balls in the final over of the game.

“With the bat, we were ahead of the rate from the off and continued to chip away with regular boundaries and good running.”

Tynedale will host Lanchester in the next round of the Tyneside Charity Bowl, on Wednesday.

Annfield Plain will welcome Stocksfield when league action resumes on Saturday, while Tynedale will host Lintz.

There will be a top of the table clash between Hexham Leazes and Haltwhistle in the West Tyne League on Saturday.

Both sides have won six and drawn one of their opening eight fixtures of the season, and will be eager to continue their good form.

Leazes, who are two points ahead of their rivals at the top of Division One, will have home advantage.

Third placed Newton will travel to early challengers Haydon Bridge.

In Division Two, leaders Stocksfield III will entertain their club rivals Stocksfield IV.