Another cracking month for our youngest sides (Under 9s, Under 11s and Under 13s), read the latest match reports below :
27 June - v Tynemouth, cancelled due to the weather.
4 July - we had a cracking 43 run win over Tynedale, who were missing a few players due to having to go into self isolation. We batted first and scored 127 all out (following a late collapse). Top scorers were Rory Mustard with another 30, Warren Poxon a quick 24 and Subhan 19. We then restricted Tynedale to 84 for 9, with 2 wickets each for Ellie Foggon, Ben Robinson, Subhan Shahzad, and 1 each for Fergus Wallace, Ibrhaim Tayyabb and Mayaank Reddy.
13 July - we played a rearranged game against South North Blue on the Tuesday night due to the fact we were hosting the NEPL 1st T20 finals on the original 10 July date. We won the toss and batted first and scored an excellent 156 for 2 in our 20 overs, there were 30s (retired) for Fergus Wallace and Jayem Patel, and 20+ scores for Rory Mustard, Subhan Shahzad and Zahir Mokaddas. We then bowled out South North Blue for 36, Fergus taking 3 wickets, Ibrahim Tayyab and Jacob Nellis 2 each, and 1 each for Ellie Foggon, Ben Robinson and Mayaank Reddy.
18 July - our game v Stocksfield was cancelled due to several players from the opposition having to isolate.
27 June - We played Tynedale on a wet and slow pitch at Humshaugh. Batting first we managed to get through to the 15th over before losing our first wicket and it was great to see some good running and calling. Gabriel and Ibrahim both managed to hit some boundaries on a wet outfield scoring 21 and 17 respectively in a net score of 277. We took regular wickets throughout the Tynedale innings with seven different bowlers each picking up a wicket. Tynedale ended up on a net score of 239.
4 July - Our most recent game was away at Ponteland where we had lost by 2 runs earlier in the season. We batted first and we only lost 3 wickets. We also had some great batting with a number of players hitting some lovely straight and off side shots. Charlie, Sai, Harsh and Gabriel all reach double figures in a net total of 289. Despite a strong start from Ponteland we kept taking wickets and despite a few dropped catches ended up taking a total of 12 wickets. In his 2 overs Harsh too 3 wickets for one 1 and Hector also picked up 2 wickets. Ponteland ended on a net score of 208.
11 July - our game v Newcastle was cancelled.
18 July - We continued our run of away games with a trip to Tynemouth. We batted first and reached a net score of 271 - despite suffering two run outs we only lost a further two wickets and there was some strong hitting from Gabriel, Charlie and Freddie. We took wickets throughout the Tynemouth innings with Nicholas getting two and Gabriel finishing with the figures for 4 for 2. We even saw a rare caught behind and a stumping. Tynemouth ended on a net score of 201, having lost 10 wickets.
The latest festival was at Seaton Burn and a couple of late injuries gave a chance for Nishka and Emily to make their debuts for the u9s. The first game was against Backworth and some good bowling and fielding meant that Backworth only scored 201. Raahim picked up three wickets and Idris took a great catch on the boundary. All pairs batted well on the way to a total of 235 - the shot of the day was a booming cover drive by Thomas that was somehow caught and there was also a lovely straight drive for 4 by Emily.
Our next game was against Benwell and we again fielded first. We struggled to take wickets and Benwell posted a score of 242. We also found runs hard to come by against some unconventional bowling but we just did enough to win but three runs with a total of 245.
The final game was a set up as a final as Morpeth had won their first two games as well. Morpeth batted first and had some powerful batsmen who targeted the short, straight boundary. We fought back well with Sukhveer getting three wickets and good fielding from Amelia keeping the score to 255. Having lost some early wickets we kept in the game with good hitting from Nishka and Oliver but couldn't quite get past the finishing line and we ended up on 248.