THE weather may have came to Corbridge’s rescue as they remain in control at the top of Division Three.

They were on 83-7 when the rain came and forced the abandonment of their game at Gateshead Ethnic Minorities, still a way off the hosts’ innings total of 169.

As a result, Corbridge received 13 points to see them go 20 points ahead of their nearest rivals in the table.

GEMs looked good as they were put into bat first, opener Amir Mukhtar falling two shy of his half ton, falling to the bowling of Russell Perry (2-36).

Dean Robinson (2-55) and Andrew Dover (2-29) weighed in with wickets, with teenager Corey Dover catching the eye with 3-39.

In reply, Corbridge struggled with the bat with Milo Robinson chipping in with a high score of 21.

Stocksfield were in good form with the bat in Division One as they scored 168. However, they ended the day with only 11 points as their game at Annfield Plain was abandoned nine overs in to the home side’s reply.

Opener Adrian Marrison batted his way to 50 and Aaron Rourke (43 not out) seemed likely to reach the same milestone until the overs ran dry.

Plain’s openers David Newstead and Shane Oliver were enjoying good success with the bat with Sam Beedle, Chris Scandle, James Tolchard, Andrew Wood and Rourke all trying to remove them but without success.

Divisional rivals Tynedale picked up 13 points in their abandoned home game with Lintz.

They restricted Lintz to 141 runs in their innings with David Newton (5-52) taking five wickets. Captain Tom Cant claimed 3-41 while Matty Scott (1-7) took the other wicket.

Cant and Dan Parker were only just getting into their stride when the rain clouds came and the game was rained off after seven overs.

There was no play at the much-anticipated Division Four fixture between Stocksfield II and Allendale due to the weather.

There was frustration for Tynedale II as they were well on course for victory over Lintz II in Division Five South but their game was timed out due to rain delays.

Posting 191 with thanks largely to a big 83 from Paul Scandle, they had their hosts on the ropes at 98-7 with little over five overs remaining as Ed Foreman (2-6) and Ben Cuthbertson (2-14) struck but the deadline of 7.30pm came and Tyne settled for 16 points.

Corbridge II gained 12 points from their abandoned game with Monkseaton II in Division Six (South). Their guests finished on 127-9, but Corbridge didn’t get into bat.

West Tyne League

Tom Waugh was the toast of Haydon Bridge on Saturday night after his seven-wicket haul against Newton on Saturday.

After the visitors’ attack fell to a pair of early wickets for Jamie Taylor, and another for Gavin Boyd, Waugh (7-11) ripped through the order, providing catches for Robert Gibson, Dale Leadbitter, and Joe Barber, as Newton were bowled out for just 61.

Their top scorer was Jim Balkwell with 18.

It came after the hosts set a target of 108, with Gibson scoring 43 runs.

Fifth placed Haydon Bridge and Newton, in fourth, are hot on the heels of the top three, who are locked together on 132 points after a rain-affected weekend in the West Tyne League.

Leaders Haltwhistle took nine points from their abandoned match at Hexham Leazes, with the hosts settling for seven.

Defending champions Humshaugh made their move with an emphatic nine-wicket victory over last season’s Division Two champions Stamfordham.

Humshaugh bowled their hosts out for just 61. Top scorer was Ian Donkin with 27.

Luke Parkinson took 4-16, and Ed Crawford 2-11 for Humshaugh, who reached 62-1 with Jack Garrett and Robert Forster 25 and 32 not out, respectively.

Matfen Hall enjoyed a home victory over Wylam, with a solid 33 runs from Connor O’Leary helping them finish on 127.

They bowled Wylam out for 70, with three wickets each for O’Leary (3-17), Aaron Tiffin (3-4), while Ellie Tiffin (2-16) picked up two. James Teasdale was 30 not out.