Lee Weldon’s weekly round-up from the wicket…
Saturday 12th September – NYSD Division 2
Blackhall 1st XI v Newton Aycliffe 1st XI – weather was sunny and breezy. Newton Aycliffe won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Blackhall 1st XI 186 all out after 48.1 overs
Michael Howe 5 for 45, George Slatcher 3 for 45 and Matty Greaves 1 for 25
Newton Aycliffe 1st XI 73 all out after 22.3 overs
Michael Howe 21, Sam Telford 20 and Adam Randall 14
Aycliffe’s first team were well beaten by 113 runs away at Blackhall 1st XI. Michael Howe (pictured above, sponsored by Yvonne and Bob Wood) had a very welcome return to form as the Aycliffe all rounder bowled superbly taking 5 for 45 and then top scored in his sides reply with 21 runs from 19 balls and his innings included four boundaries.
The six points Aycliffe picked up from their defeat takes their points tally to 131 from 10 games played, but they drop two places to 7th in the NYSD 2nd division table with only one game remaining this season.
Saturday 12th September – NYSD Division 4
Newton Aycliffe 2nd XI v Maltby 2nd XI – weather was sunny and breezy. Maltby won the toss and chose to bat first.
Maltby 2nd XI 189 for 8 after 40 overs
Joe Haines 4 for 25, Joe Teasdale 2 for 37 and Thomas Dearden 1 for 39
Newton Aycliffe 2nd XI 173 all out after 37.5 overs
Joe Teasdale 39, Owen Smith 23 and Matty French 19
The 2nd team put in an excellent effort at home to second in the table Maltby, but were still defeated in a really good game by just 16 runs.
Joe Teasdale (sponsored by John Flinn Physiotherapy) had his best performance of the season for Aycliffe, firstly taking 2 for 37 with the ball and then top scoring with 39 from 59 balls faced when he batted and his innings included a boundary and three huge sixes.
The second team earned a creditable 8 points from their defeat and drop to 7th place with 109 points from 9 games played with only one game left to play this season.
This week’s final senior cricket fixtures of the season:
Saturday 19th September at 12.00pm – NYSD Division 2 – Newton Aycliffe 1st XI v Darlington 2nd XI
Saturday 19th September at 1.30pm – NYSD Division 4 – Preston 1st XI v Newton Aycliffe 2nd XI