NEPL Round 3 Report

Hetton Lyons failed to win for the first time as Benwell Hill and South Northumberland opened a bit of a gap at the top of the table this week. Whitburn, Felling and South Shields are still waiting for their first wins.

Benwell Hill beat South Shields by 7 wickets.

Strugglers South Shields put on a respectable 197-6 as Salman Ahmed scored 76. Anthony Hunter was the star with the ball for Benwell taking 5-56. This score was not enough however as a 136-run partnership between captain Kyle Coetzer and Sameet Brar allowed Benwell hill to chase the score down comfortably.

Chester-le-Street beat Eppleton by 99 runs.

Chester-le-Street also scored 197 in the first innings of this match with usual suspect Kyle Davis top scoring with 68. Adam Hickey, who captained Durham’s 2nd XI in the absence of James Weighell, also played in this match and scored 29 with the bat as well as taking 4-39 with the ball as Eppleton were bowled out for 98.

Stockton beat Durham Academy by 4 wickets.

Ross Greenwell scored 74 for Durham academy but Stockton were able to reign them in to 194-8 thanks to the left arm spin of George Harding who took 5-25. This performance, as well as his work in preseason for Durham 2nds has resulted in Harding making his List A debut against Yorkshire. In Stockton’s innings Ryan Wallace top scored with 80 as the total was chased down.

Newcastle were the higher scorers in a draw with Hetton Lyons.

Hetton Lyons failed to win and in many ways were lucky not to lose against Newcastle. Sean Tindale’s 108* was the key to Newcastle’s eventual total of 254-6. Newcastle’s bowlers could not take 10 wickets however as Hetton Lyons only reached 137-7.

South Northumberland beat Whitburn by 7 wickets.

Unlike Hetton, South Northumberland continued their ruthless streak as Whitburn were skilled out for 53. Jonathan Wightman took 4-17 and Michael Craigs 3-7 in this thrashing. South North chased down the low total with no real troubles.

Tynemouth beat Felling by 7 wickets.

Felling were all out for 77 in this game as David Hymers took 8-33 for Tynemouth. As in the South Northumberland-Whitburn match, there were no real troubles in the chase as Tynemouth got over the line with 7 wickets to spare.

Division 1 Note.

There were two Durham first team bowlers in action in division 1. Graham Onions, who is not in the one day team for the county, took 2-14 for Gateshead Fell in a win against Seaham. Barry McCarthy also looked to gain some form heading into the England-Ireland series as he played his first match for Boldon, taking 5-59 against Willington.

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