NEPL Round 7 Report

More rain this week (Sat 27 May) although only one match was abandoned. There were no huge shocks although Tynemouth were embarrassingly skittled out for 31. South Northumberland still top the table and it looks as if the league is shaping up for a two way title fight between them and Benwell Hill.

Durham Acadamy were the higher scorers in a draw with Eppleton.

In a rain affected match Durham Acadamy took the extra points in what was an even contest. Scott Steel scored 81 and captain Christopher McBride 63 as Durham scored 193-3. Durham scored at a good rate with Steel and McBride both going at almost a run a ball. No one for Eppleton could repeat this as they ended on 120-4.

South Northumberland were the higher scorers in a draw with Hetton Lyons.

Another winning draw for South Northumberland against a title rival allowed them to maintain their lead. Keeper Rob Peyton top scored with 46 as they finished with 181-8. Hetton’s bowlers shared the wickets around with Josh Coughlin (who was named in Durham’s 13 man championship squad against Northants), Reece Wood, Robert Talbot and Cameron Grimwood all getting two. Opener Dominic Thomson scored 71 for Hetton but they scored at a slower rate, taking more overs to reach the same score as South North.

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NEPL Round 6 Report

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.

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NEPL Round 5 Report

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.

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NEPL Round 4 Report

It remains tight at the top despite Benwell Hill falling to their first defeat of the season in this round of fixtures. At the bottom promoted Felling are struggling to convince they can stay up after a fourth straight defeat.

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

A second consecutive losing draw for Hetton began with Eppleton putting on 250-9. Captain Dean Musther was the top scorer with 70 and Joseph Coyne also added 62 in what would turn out to be an excellent all round performance. For Hetton Josh Coughlin did not bowl, it is unclear why but one would suspect Durham are looking to manage his workload as the Second XI championship gets into full swing. In reply to 250 Hetton managed 206-8 with Matthew Whaley and Josh Coughlin scoring 45 and 42 respectively. Eppleton’s South African overseas player Jandre Erasmus was the pick of the bowlers, picking up 3 wickets for 44 runs, and Joseph Coyne also picked up three wickets for 57.

Chester-le-Street beat Felling by 100 runs.

Last year’s champions cruised to a comfortable win against the newly promoted side. George Harrison scored 47, Andrew Smith, 45 and wicket keeper Christopher Carter scored 43 as Chester-le-Street finished with 217-5. Five Chester-le-Street bowlers picked up two wickets in an allround team effort with the ball as Felling were bowled out for 117 in reply. Stephen Cantwell’s 4-2 and Ollie Barrett’s 7-2 were the best figures.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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