HALTWHISTLE and Haydon Bridge were the big movers in Division One as defending champions Humshaugh slipped to a home defeat against Stamfordham.

League leaders Haltwhistle were comfortable winners at Hexham Leazes after some impressive batting and bowling performances.

Leazes set a target of 142, which included an eye-catching 54 from Andrew Webster. Lewis Swallow took 4-35.

In reply, Haltwhistle opener Bart Ryan scored 84 as his side reached 143-5. Mark Armstrong took 3-25.

Haydon Bridge moved to just eight points of Haltwhistle after they won away at Newton by 51 runs.

A handy 66 from Neil Kendrew fuelled the Bridge to a total of 133. Andrew Jones took 4-18, while there were two wickets each for Mark Davison, Dave Archbold, and Amila Prabandhika.

Newton struggled in reply, and were all out for 82. Joe Barber took 3-18, while Jamie Taylor, Ian Watson, and Gavin Boyd helped themselves to a pair of wickets each.

After a summer of struggle, Stamfordham showed the form which led them to last season’s Division Two title, with a surprise victory at third placed Humshaugh.

The hosts were all out for 64, Robert Forster top scoring with 12. Away bowler Graham Adamson ripped through the top and middle order as he took a superb six wicket haul (6-18). Craig Johnstone took 2-17.

A steady knock of 38 from opener Alex Gray set Stamfordham on their way to 65-4. Stephen Thompson took 3-25.

It was a memorable day for Zain Ullah of Benwell Hill III. The bowler claimed a fine hat-trick on his way to an impressive six wicket haul (6-11), as his side won by 23 runs against South Northumberland.

Joseph Fletcher top scored for Benwell as they set a target of 107. David Cragg took 3-11.

The Ullah effect on South North’s batsman saw them all out for 84. Aqeel Tassawar took 2-11.

Mid-table Matfen Hall were winners at Wylam, by two wickets. Neil Prince was 58 not out for Wylam, as his side set a target of 99. Connor O’Leary took took 3-21, and Ellie Tiffin 2-14.

In reply, Tiffin was 22 not out, as visitors Matfen reached 100-8. Paul Robinson took 4-18, and Eddie Jackson 2-27.

There was some impressive scoring in the closely contested match between Belsay and Mitford.

Visitors Mitford finished on 180, with 56 from Kieran Mole, and 45 from J Parker. A Welford took 2-15. In reply, Belsay couldn’t quite reach their target, falling for 163.

Omar Mahmood hit 52 and Welford scored 38. Mitford’s Jonny Edwards took 3-23.

In Division Two, champions Stocksfield III continued their form with a derby victory over Stocksfield IV.

The fourth team underdogs gave it their all, however, and set a target of 121, with Dan Whiley scoring 67. There were three wickets each for Luke Masters (3-11), and Chris Catnach (3-15), while Matthew Scandle took 2-18.

The third team reached 122-7, despite the efforts of bowlers Neil Weatherspoon (3-33), and Michael Haywood (3-24).

Second placed Haltwhistle II were in good form with a 20-run victory away to Medomsley.

D. Thompson top scored for the visitors as they were all out for 98. Jack Slane took 4-17, and Steve Walker 3-13.

But Medomsley struggled in reply, and were all out for 78, after good performances from Haltwhistle bowlers Andy Wrightson (3-34), Thompson (3-8), and A .Dodd (2-8).

On Sunday, Stocksfield III defeated Mitford B by six wickets in the semi-finals of the West Tyne League T20 competition.

Matthew Page took 3-17, and Chris Catnach 2-16, as Mitford B were restricted to 66-8 from their 20 overs. Graeme Potts top scoring with 14 for the visitors.

Opener Mark Jacobs scored 39 for Stocksfield before he was caught by Jordan Mallaburn. Potts took 2-6, and Mallaburn 1-11.

Hopes are high for good weather this weekend with everything to play for in the West Tyne League this season.