Lee Weldon’s weekly round-up from the wicket…
Saturday 23rd April – NYSD Division 2
Newton Aycliffe 1st XI v Great Ayton 2nd XI – weather was dry but with a cold wind. Great Ayton won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Newton Aycliffe 1st XI 179 all out after 48 overs
Adam Gittins 56, Dan Craggs 38 and Tom Dearden 30
Great Ayton 2nd XI 180 for 6 after 30 overs
George Slatcher 3 for 47, Sean Morgan 2 for 27 and Joe Teasdale 1 for 26
Aycliffe 1st team were well beaten at home to Great Ayton 2nd XI who romped to victory with four wickets and a massive 22 overs in hand.
Despite the defeat, vice captain Adam Gittins (pictured) continued his good start to the season and followed up last week’s innings of 42 with an excellent half century. Gittins was eventually dismissed for a battling 56 from 140 balls, hitting five boundaries and the runs scored moves him up to fifth in the all time leading run scorers for Newton Aycliffe CC.
In reply the visitors easily reached their winning target despite some good bowling from George Slatcher who took 3 for 47 from his nine overs
Saturday 23rd April – NYSD Division 4
Preston 1st XI v Newton Aycliffe 2nd XI – weather was dry but with a cold wind. Preston won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Newton Aycliffe 2nd XI 118 all out after 38.4 overs
Ryan Patrick 63 not out, Dan Weldon 15 and Matty French 15
Preston 1st XI 119 for 5 after 37.4 overs
Will Dearden 2 for 19, Harrison Pearson 2 for 25 and Dan Weldon 1 for 26
Aycliffe’s young 2nd team, again put in a creditable performance away at a vastly more experienced Preston 1st XI and were eventually beaten by five wickets.
Captain Ryan Patrick (sponsored by A Star Bathrooms) top scored in the game with an excellent unbeaten 63, including five boundaries and two sixes.
Aycliffe’s young bowling attack made the home side fight for every run and special mention must go to 13 year old Will Dearden, who finished with 2 for 19 and 14 year old Harrison Pearson, who finished with 2 for 25.
This week’s senior cricket fixtures:
Saturday 30th April at 12.30pm – NYSD Division 2 – Maltby 1st XI v Newton Aycliffe 1st XI
Saturday 30th April at 1.30pm – NYSD Division 4 – Newton Aycliffe 2nd XI v Guisborough 2nd XI