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Batting woes for the 1st XI however no such issues for Ben Mussett or Zain Ahmed

Batting woes for the 1st XI however no such issues for Ben Mussett or Zain Ahmed

The second weekend of the season proved to be a big disappointment for the 1st XI. Saturday's league game saw the Hill bowl Eppleton out for what looked a getable 163. Opening bowlers Callum Harding and Luke Mussett each getting 4 for 37. Special mention for keeper Peter Halliday who took 8 catches. However after getting to 51 for 1, the wicket of Will Smith to a stunning catch proved to be the catalyst to a collapse to 122 all out. James Schofield was top scorer with 36. 1st XI NEPL Scoreacard

 

Unfortunately Sunday's National Knockout match v Chester le Street followed a similar pattern. Bowling first the Hill bowled out the visitors for 124, with Rory Hanley and Callum Harding getting 3 wickets each, however once again we collapsed from a sold start of 38 for 0, to a disastrous 68 all out.

 

The 2nd XI faired much better against Gateshead Fell at the Hill, Ben Mussett once again in the runs with 166 not out in a score of 227 for 6 declared, in reply Gateshead were skittled out for 60, with Peter Jones getting 4 for 7, Joe Kilpatrick 3 for 22 and Anthony Hunter 2 for 22. 2nd XI NEPL Scorecard

 

The 3rd XI game at Riding Mill against Humshaugh was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain,

 

The 3rd XI won their opening NEPL game of the season at Gateshead Fell. Restricting the opposition to 162 for 6 with some tight bowling from Andy Jewitt 2 for 17 and Jeff Mason 2 for 22, the Hill then knocked off the score with 5 overs to spare, due in the main to an excellent 73no from Zain Ahmed. 3rd XI NEPL Scorecard

 

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