Rain ruined the opening round of the t20 tournament on Friday and also had its say in some of the North East Premier League matches on Saturday. Round 6 saw the clash of the two favourites South Northumberland and Chester-le-Street and also an early match of the season contender between Eppleton and Benwell Hill.
South Northumberland were the higher scorers in a draw with Chester-le-Street.
This match had the number of overs reduced by rain and South Northumberland were deducted 1 point for a slow over rate. A result was always going to be tough to force for either side after South North reached 200-7. Marcus North hit 46 and John Graham 54 in this innings. John Harrison’s 3-37 made him the pick of the bowlers for Chester-le-Street. In reply South North kept Chester-le-Street to 125-6. Simon Birtwisle took 3-12 and Stephen Humber was tight with 1-23 from 10 overs. With the bat Andrew Smith top scored with 42 and Durham 2nds captain Adam Hickey managed 22.
Eppleton and Benwell Hill tied.
In what was a remarkable finish Benwell Hill could not take advantage of South North and Chester-le-Street drawing. It looked like a win was on the cards when Eppleton were all out for 165. Overseas player Jandre Erasmus was by far the high scorer with 88. Max Williamson continues to impress with his bowling as he took 4-49 from 15 overs with 5 maidens. Haseeb Azam and Anthony Hunter also took 3 wickets each. Benwell Hill’s success so far this season has largely been down to Kyle Coetzer but as he was away with Scotland the side ended up being bowled out for 165, created a tie. Adan Heather top scored with 61 and Peter Halliday got 30. With Benwell Hill on 163-8, needing three runs to win Halliday was bowled by Craig Scurr. Last man Anthony Hunter was then runout going for the winning run by Joseph Coyne. Craig Scurr was the pick of the bowlers as he took 4-41.
Durham Academy beat Newcastle by 6 wickets.
Newcastle put on a very competitive score of 228-6 in their innings, anchored by the inform keeper Joshua Phillipe who scored 112. In reply Ross Greenwell and captain Christopher McBride hit 50s for Durham and Liam Trevaskis was not out 41 as his side finished on 231-4, recording a comfortable win.
Tynemouth were the higher scorers in a draw with Whitburn.
Rain had a significant impact on this game where Tynemouth managed a creditable winning draw. Whitburn were all out for 181 and Tynemouth ended on 166-8 with the overs significantly reduced. Daniel Shurben hit 85 for Whitburn and Sam Dinning 61 for Tynemouth. The standout bowler was Andrew Smith who took four wickets for Tynemouth.
Felling v Hetton Lyons and Stockton v South Shields were Abandoned.
On the Friday the first round of the t20 group stage began. All matches in group A were abandoned and in group B only Benwell Hill v Blaydon went ahead. This match ended up a one-sided affair as Kyle Coetzer smashed 93 (46) with 13 fours and 3 sixes as Benwell Hill scored over 200. Blaydon finished 84 runs short.
In group C the only result was where defending champions Durham Acadamy beat Seaham Harbour by 92 runs. Christopher McBride hit 53 (45) and Scott Steel 44 (46) as Durham made a steady start. The score soared to 172 as Liam Trevaskis made 30 from just 9 balls at the end of the innings.
In group D Stockton beat Boldon by 37 runs thanks to 60 (33) from captain Kevin Ward and Eppleton beat Washington by 8 wickets largely down to Joseph Coyne’s 5-24. In this group Hetton Lyons v Brandon was abandoned.