By Martin Walker
Teen cricket sensation Sam Telford roared Newton Aycliffe to victory over promotion rivals Redcar at the weekend.
The 19-year-old opening batsman (pictured in action above) scored 115, including 14 boundaries, in his second Century for the club to cap off a man-of-the-match display.
Saturday’s victory cemented Aycliffe first team’s third-place spot in the NYSD League second division, four points ahead of Redcar.
Aycliffe racked up 265 for seven from 50 overs, with Matty Atkinson scoring an impressive 63 and Luke Telford 31.
Redcar’s second XI fell short by just 18 runs, scoring 247 for seven wickets from their 50 overs, with Sean Morgan taking two wickets for 50 runs.
“It was a superb advert for NYSD cricket, with over 500 runs scored in the match,” said Aycliffe Secretary Lee Weldon.
Aycliffe’s second team managed a hard-fought draw away to Wolviston’s second XI on Sunday.
Wolviston were 117 all out after 37 overs, with man-of-the-match Danny Weldon taking a season’s best four for 27 and Adam Gittins three for 12.
‘The Bat’ Travis, meanwhile, demonstrated his all-round ability by taking three wickets for 26 runs, and duly celebrated with a post-match kebab.
Aycliffe batted superbly for a marathon 62 overs, scoring 111, with James Brown (22), Matty Capper (13) and Danny Weldon (12) the stand-out scorers.
The draw extended the second team’s current unbeaten run to six weeks, and now have 87 points from 11 games, remaining comfortably mid-table in the NYSD League third division.
Aycliffe’s first team are at home this Saturday (21st June) against Thornaby’s second XI, 1pm at Aycliffe Sports Club.
Our second team go to Northallerton this Saturday to take on their second XI, also 1pm.