NEPL Round 2 Report

Pre-season title favourites South Northumberland and Benwell Hill sealed their second wins as two Durham CC veterans rolled back the years in Division 1.

Eppleton beat Felling by 100 runs.

Eppleton secured a comfortable win thanks to Marcus Brown’s 80 and Craig Scurr’s rapid 46 from 20 balls, setting Felling 258 to win. Right arm medium bowler Joseph Coyne, who has previously played for Durham’s 2nd XI and Northumberland took 5-40 as Felling could only manage 157 all out in response.

South Northumberland beat South Shields by 1 wicket.

The pitch inspectors might be taking an interest in this thriller as the bowlers ran riot. Jonny Wightman took 5-15 as South Shields were all out for 78. Chris Stewart took 4 for 33 and Matthew Muchall 3 for 33 for South Shields but this was not enough thanks to Adam Cragg’s captains innings. When Cragg was joined by Michael Craigs the South North score was 59-7. The pair put on a crucial 17 or the eighth wicket, taking their team to within three runs of victory, despite Craigs scoring no runs from 14 balls in this partnership. Scotland international Calum MacLeod got a duck for South North in their chase.

Benwell Hill beat Stockton by 7 wickets.

Benwell Hill had a much easier time of it than rivals South Northumberland. Seventeen year old off spinner Max Williamson, who has captained Northumberland at youth levels, took a superb 6 wickets for 27 runs as Stockton were all out for 123. Matthew Gill the main contributor with 43. Benwell hill eased to victory losing just 3 wickets. George Harding, the promising left arm orthodox bowler took 2-15 from his 12 overs for Stockton.

Tynemouth were the higher scorers in a draw with Durham Academy.

Tahir Khan, the former Pakistan A player, tops scored with 52 for Tynemouth as his team managed 188 from 58 overs. Liam Trevaskis was the pick of the bowlers for Durham with 3-45. Scott Steel, who looks like he will be involved in the 2nd XI championship this season, scored 49*. However, Durham Academy only scored 148 from 52 overs. Haidar Shafiq, who took 7 wickets last week, played for Durham but did not bowl.

Hetton Lyons beat Whitburn by 150 runs.

Hetton Lyons’ bowling strength proved too much once again as Whitburn were bowled out for 91, chasing 242 to win. Hetton’s captain Jarvis Clay scored 80 and Robert Talbot scored 97 in their sides 241 all out. The pick of Whitburn’s bowlers was Craig Smith with 5-35. Reece Wood, aged 21 and formerly of Durham’s academy, outshone Josh Coughlin with the ball for Hetton as he took 4 wickets for 10 runs.

Division 1 Note.

In Division 1 Seaham Harbour were bowled out for 30 in 23 overs in their attempt to chase 111 to win against Burnopfield. This match is noteworthy as former Durham favourites Neil Killeen and Callum Thorp bowled 12 and 11 over spells, respectively, to achieve a resounding win. Killeen took 6 for 21 and Thorp 4 for 9 as no Seaham player reached double figures.

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