NEPL Round 1 Report

The first round of the North East Premier League took place on Saturday the 15th of April and unsurprisingly there were stand out performances from the Scottish international stars and many Durham 2nd XI players.

South Northumberland beat Stockton by 8 wickets.

Ryan Wallace was the major contributor for Stockton as he put on 67 of his sides 180 all out. The experience of Simon Birtwisle proved too much for the Teessiders with the ball as he took 4 for 42. South Northumberland, the title favourites, cruised to victory in 30.3 overs with Calum MacLeod showing his class with 111 from 87 balls. MacLeod, who was released by Durham in the summer, will surely prove to be two good for this level as he looks to find form for Scotland’s fixtures against Sri Lanka in May and the International Champions Cup clash against Namibia in June. George Harding played for Stockton in this game but took no wickets, he was however named in the Durham 2nd XI squad to face Scotland A this week.

Eppleton beat Newcastle by 2 wickets

In a close encounter Newcastle’s 235 was not enough in the end. Ben McGee was their standout with the bat due to his 91 but Joseph Coyne’s 53 and Marcus Brown’s 42 for Eppleton was enough to see them achieve victory. Cameron Steel, who was part of Durham’s County Championship squad against Nottinghamshire managed just 5 for Newcastle as he looks to press for his debut for the county.

Hetton Lyons beat South Shields by 10 wickets

This comfortable encounter for Hetton-le-Hole was wrapped up by Eddie Watsons 4 early wickets as South Shields were bowled out for 126. Josh Coughlin, who will be part of the Durham 2nd XI side that takes on Scotland A, also was in the wickets as he bowled an economical 6 overs taking 2 for 5. Jonathan Malkin and Mathew Whaley’s opening stand sealed the win.

Durham Academy beat Felling by 14 runs.

The bowlers dominated this match with the stand out innings coming from Durham’s wicketkeeping opener Jack McCarthy who put on 44 of the sides 149. Durham only had 10 players but this was not a problem as they dismissed Felling for 135, in large part down to Haidar Shafiq. Shafiq, previously of Stockton, took 7-43 in his 13 overs. Of the Academy line up Ross Greenwell, Liam Trevaskis, Matthew Potts and Scott Steel all were named as a part of the latest 2nd XI squad.

Chester-le-Street were the high scorers in a draw with Whitburn

Kyle Davis got his season of to a great start for Chester-le-Street as he hit 106. Adam Hickey, who will no doubt be pushing for more appearances for Durham after his debut last season, managed 58 from 44 balls as well as taking 3 wickets. Ross Carty’s relatively pedestrian 50 from 120 balls was the stand out innings for Whitburn.

Benwell Hill beat Tynemouth by 5 wickets.

This match was defined by two centuries. Tynemouth wicketkeeper Matthew Brown scored 123 of his sides 227-9 declared but this was not enough thanks to the efforts of Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer. Coetzer, who will also captain Scotland A against Durham 2nd XI this week, hit 12 fours and 4 sixes as he smashed 121 from 97 balls.

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