For the first time this season rain affected multiple games as overs were reduced, but fortunately all managed to produce a result. The weekend also saw South Northumberland, Chester-le-Street and Stockton take part in the National Club Championship.
Benwell Hill beat Newcastle by 3 wickets.
In one of the rain affected games Benwell Hill did well to chase down 250 to win against Newcastle. Joshua Phillipe, Newcastle’s wicket keeper, was a standout with the bat as he made exactly 100. Benwell Hill relied on Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer’s second hundred in the competition as he made 116* from 87 balls. At this early stage Coetzer is the top run scorer in the competition and his side will do well to replace him when Scotland’s fixtures begin. Benwell Hill were however deducted one point for a slow over rate.
Durham Academy were the higher scorers in a draw against Whitburn.
A tight draw was the result as the bat dominated ball in this match. Ross Greenwell, who is having a very promising season made 188* for Durham and was backed up by Liam Trevaskis’ 45* as the side made 253-4. In reply Whitburn were steady, James Thompson made 65 from 118 balls and keeper Ross Carty 52 from 117. The scoring rate was reduced thanks to the bowling of Haidar Shafiq who took 2-40 in his 14 overs, producing 5 maidens. In the end Whitburn finished on 247-6.
Chester-le-Street beat Hetton Lyons by 118 runs.
Hetton have not been able to continue their form in the early season and Chester-le-Street proved too much for them. George Harrison scored 49 and Quentin Hughes and Liam Simpson both scored unbeaten fifties as Chester-le-Street managed 230-6. In reply Hetton were all out for 112. Stephen Cantwell took 5-31 and Liam Simpson 2-12 in 8 overs with 5 maidens as they took apart their opposition. A nice warm up for their National Club Championship match the next dat.
South Northumberland beat Eppleton by 8 wickets.
South North were another side preparing for a National Club Championship match on the Sunday as they faced Eppleton. It proved to be a comfortable victory as they continue to show formidable form. Eppleton were 153 all out and only achieved that score thanks to Craig Scurr scoring 60 from number eight. Jonathan Wightman was the main man with the ball as he took 5-56. South North reached the total in the 32nd over. Captain Simon Birtwisle scored a two ball duck but Marcus North found some form with 55 and Calum MacLeod with 82*.
Stockton were the higher scorers in a draw with Felling.
Felling just about avoided defeat for the first time this season in this game. Stockton made 250-7 in their innings with Tom Hewison top scoring with 131. In form Ryan Wallace scored 35 and captain Kevin Ward scored 44. Gary Scott got 4-45 for Felling. In reply Stockton were one wicket away from victory as Felling finished on 197-9. Mark Turner, Graham Wright and Michael Malthouse managed 30s. A disappointing result for Stockton who seemed destined for a mid-table finish.
South Shields beat Tynemouth by 75 runs.
The lowest scoring match of this round, Sam Taylor-Gell top scored for South Shields as he was run out for 48 as his side scored 186-8. Tahir Khan was again good with the ball, getting 3-28 from 15 overs. In reply Matthew Muchall ran through the Tynemouth team as he finished with 7-38 and Tynemouth all out for 111. This route was particularly spectacular as Tynemouth captain Ben Debnam and opening partner Nick Armstrong put on 53 for the first wicket.
Division 1 Note.
Graham Onions appeared again for Gateshead as they beat Blaydon and took 3-19 in 15 overs, bowling 6 maidens. Gateshead will not likely see him two often of the next few weeks as the County Championship returns.
National Club Championship Note.
On Sunday South Northumberland, Chester-le-Street and Stockton were in action. Marcus North backed up his 50 on Saturday with 163 against Sheriff Hutton Bridge as South North comfortably won by 126 runs. Chester-le-Street also thrashed Scarborough by 10 wickets, Kyle Davis 66* and George Harrison 90* made sure the side had no alarms in a short chase. Stockton, on the other hand, were defeated comfortably by Barnard Castle.