Lee Weldon’s weekly round-up from the wicket…
Saturday 24th August – NYSD Division 2
Maltby 1st XI v Newton Aycliffe 1st XI – weather was hot and sunny. Aycliffe won the toss and chose to bat first.
Newton Aycliffe 1st XI 222 all out after 47.1 overs
Luke Telford 99, Ryan Patrick 24 and Adam Randall 22
Maltby 1st XI 214 for 7 after 52 overs
Jack Slatcher 4 for 42, Michael Howe 2 for 28 and Patrick How 1 for 55
Aycliffe’s first team could only manage a draw away at bottom of the table Maltby in a high scoring game. Aycliffe opener Luke Telford (sponsored by Dr Subhan Christudas, pictured above) was desperately unlucky to get out when he was caught on 99 and on the verge of his deserved first ever century. Luke’s superb innings lasted 101 balls and he hit 18 boundaries before being dismissed.
Saturday 24th August – NYSD Division 4
Bedale 2nd XI v Newton Aycliffe 2nd XI – weather was hot and sunny. Bedale won the toss and chose to bat first.
Bedale 2nd XI 260 for 4 declared after 46 overs
Leo Mercy 1 for 28, James Brown 1 for 38 and Harry Wright 1 for 44
Newton Aycliffe 2nd XI 84 all out after 35.2 overs
Joe Haines 22 and Matty Greaves 10
The second team struggled for numbers due to holidays and unavailability and it showed as the weakened side were completely outplayed when they lost by 176 runs away at Bedale 2nd XI. Captain Joe Haines again led from the front when he top scored with 22 from 37 balls faced and his innings included three boundaries and 14 year old Leo Mercy was the pick of the young Aycliffe bowlers taking 1 for 28.
Bank Holiday Monday 26th August – NYSD Division 2
Newton Aycliffe 1st XI v Barnard Castle 2nd XI – weather was hot and sunny. Aycliffe won the toss and chose to bat first.
Newton Aycliffe 1st XI 165 all out after 47.5 overs
Adam Gittins 63, Adam Randall 43 and Michael Howe 27
Barnard Castle 2nd XI 112 all out after 34.1 overs
George Slatcher 4 for 16, Michael Howe 3 for 31 and James Layfield-Carroll 2 for 23
Aycliffe’s first team got back to winning ways with a superb 53 run victory at home to bogey team Barnard Castle 2nd XI. Adam Gittins (sponsored by Pheonix Energy and Jack and Jake Connors)) top scored for Aycliffe with a superb innings of 63 from 147 balls faced and he hit seven boundaries.
Aycliffe collected a handsome total of 37 points over the weekend and now sit in third place in the 2nd division table with 305 points and only 3 games left to play.
Bank Holiday Monday 26th August – NYSD Division 4
Sedgefield 2nd XI v Newton Aycliffe 2nd XI – weather was hot and sunny. Aycliffe won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Sedgefield 2nd XI 234 for 8 after 40 overs
Leo Mercy 4 for 35, Joe Haines 2 for 40 and Iain Robson 1 for 39
Newton Aycliffe 2nd XI 88 all out after 29.3 overs
Ben Nicholson 32, Trevor Shingler 15 and Joe Haines 14
The second team were again under strength and it was no suprise that they were well beaten by 146 runs away at Sedgefield 2nd team. Fourtneen-year-old Leo Mercy again showed his potential when he finished with his best ever senior bowling figures of 4 for 35 from 10 overs and captain Joe Haines (sponsored by Pheonix Energy) also had a good game chipping in with runs, wickets and a catch. Special mention must go to 17-year-old Alex Paterson who made her debut for Aycliffe and became only the second female to represent the club at senior level and performed very well in difficult circumstances.
The seconds clearly had a challenging weekend picking up only 10 points from their two fixtures and now sit in 7th place in the table with 136 points and with only one game left to play.
This week’s senior cricket fixtures:
Saturday 31st August at 1.00pm – NYSD Division 2 – Redcar 1st XI v Newton Aycliffe 1st XI
Saturday 31st August at 1.30pm – NYSD Division 4 – Newton Aycliffe 2nd XI v Northallerton 2nd XI.