Lee Weldon’s weekly round-up from the wicket…
Saturday 30th July – NYSD Division 2
Newton Aycliffe 1st XI v Stokesley 2nd XI – weather was mild with rain showers. Stokesley won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Newton Aycliffe 1st XI 228 for 8 declared after 42 overs
Sam Telford 51, Matty Greaves 39 and Adam Gittins 31
Stokesley 2nd XI 193 all out after 31.5 overs (D/L revised target 199 from 33 overs)
Luke Telford 4 for 50, Tom Dearden 2 for 20 and James Layfield-Carroll 2 for 42
In a game that was badly disrupted by the rain, the first team finally broke their six match losing sequence with a dramatic home win against bottom of the table Stokesley 2nd XI by just six runs.
Aycliffe opener Sam Telford (sponsored by The Thomas-Fairhurst Family) made a timely return to form with a typically belligerent innings of 51 from just 29 balls, including six boundaries and three sixes.
17 year old Matty Greaves also deserves credit for an outstanding all round game scoring 39 runs in the Aycliffe innings and then taking 2 for 45 and holding the catch of the day to remove the visitors most dangerous batsman.
In a very tense finale, Luke Telford got Aycliffe back in the game taking 4 for 50 and then 15 year old Thomas Dearden removed the last two batsmen to dismiss the visitors for 193 with only 7 balls of the game remaining to give the homeside the maximum 25 points.
This vital win considerably eases Aycliffe’s relegation fears and moves them up to 8th place in the 2nd division table with 200 points from 17 games played.
- Above picture: Before the start of the first team game at home to Stokesley on Saturday, 15-year-old Tom Dearden was presented with the NYSD Junior Performance of the month award by league President Chris West after his extraordinary recording breaking performance against Bedale on 28th May 2022 when the talented youngster scored 128 with the bat and then took 6 for 25 with the ball to help Aycliffe to victory by 143 runs.
Saturday 30th July – NYSD Division 4
Billingham Synthonia 2nd XI v Newton Aycliffe 2nd XI – weather was mild with rain showers. Billingham won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Newton Aycliffe 2nd XI 134 all out after 37 overs
Ramzan Hussain 39, Ben Nicholson 24 and Matty French 13
Billingham Synthonia 2nd XI 135 for 2 after 15.1 overs
Dan Weldon 2 for 78
Newton Aycliffe were well beaten away at promotion chasing Billingham Synthonia by eight wickets. 16 year old Aycliffe batsman Ramzan Hussain scored his senior career best score of 39 off just 35 balls and his eye catching innings contained four boundaries and a six.
As the rain got more persistent, conditions for the fielding side became increasingly difficult as the homeside rushed to victory after just 15.1 overs with Aycliffe’s Dan Weldon taking the only two wickets to fall.
Aycliffe’s 2nd XI picked up four bonus points from this defeat and they remain in 11th place in the table with 97 points from 15 games played.
This week’s senior cricket fixtures:
Saturday 6th August at 1.00pm – NYSD Division 2 – Barnard Castle 2nd XI v Newton Aycliffe 1st XI
Saturday 6th August at 1.30pm – NYSD Division 4 – Newton Aycliffe 2nd XI v Yarm 2nd XI