Lee Weldon’s weekly round-up from the wicket…
Saturday 3rd June – NYSD Division 2
Blackhall 1st XI v Newton Aycliffe 1st XI – weather was mild and sunny. Blackhall won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Newton Aycliffe 1st XI 167 all out after 31.1 overs
Sam Telford 87, Luke Telford 14 and Dan Weldon 12
Blackhall 1st XI 168 for 3 after 30.5 overs
Sam Telford 1 for 27, Luke Telford 1 for 31 and James Layfield-Carroll 1 for 67
The first team were well beaten by seven wickets away at bottom of the table Blackhall 1st XI despite a superb batting performance by captain Sam Telford (sponsored by the Fairhursts, pictured above), who was last man out for 87 from 80 balls faced and his memorable innings included ten boundaries and two sixes and took him passed the notable milestone of 5,000 runs for Newton Aycliffe CC.
Special mention must go James Layfield-Carroll (9 not out) who came to the crease with the score on a precarious 97 for 9 and shared a tenth wicket partnership of 70 with Telford, just missing the club record by one run, to help give the Aycliffe innings some substance.
So after seven games, Aycliffe’s first team have accrued 66 points and sit in ninth place in the NYSD 2nd division table.
Saturday 3rd June – NYSD Division 4
Newton Aycliffe 2nd XI v Preston 1st XI – weather was mild and sunny. Newton Aycliffe won the toss and chose to bat first.
Newton Aycliffe 2nd XI 213 for 9 after 40 overs
Leon Patel 44, Nathan Stokeld 43 not out and Jimmy Newton 27
Preston 1st XI 217 for 3 after 34.1 overs
Leo Stout 2 for 18 and Will Dearden 1 for 22
Newton Aycliffe’s second team lost by seven wickets at home to Preston 1st XI, but it will be remembered as the game when all the players and many spectators had to take literally dive for cover to avoid a huge swarm of bees which briefly engulfed the cricket ground during the first innings.
Leon Patel (44 from 51 balls) and Nathan Stokeld (43 not out from from 61 balls) both batted well as the the home side set a challenging total for the visitors to chase.
However the Aycliffe bowlers had no answer to Preston’s new Pakistani import Tehseen Zubair who brutally smashed the bowling to all parts of the ground hitting 11 boundaries and nine sixes to finish unbeaten on 127 from just 66 balls faced, which helped his side to victory.
After nine games, the 2nd XI have picked up 80 points and sit in seventh place in the NYSD fourth division table.
This week’s senior cricket fixtures:
Saturday 10th June at 1.00pm – NYSD Division 2 – Newton Aycliffe 1st XI v Darlington 2nd XI.
Saturday 10th June at 1.30pm – NYSD Division 4 – Wolviston 2nd XI v Newton Aycliffe 2nd XI