After their Vitality Cup final loss last month the Under 15s deservedly got their hands on some silverware with a terrific win in a pulsating NEPL Shield final against Lanchester.
The team had an impressive run to the final beating Tynemouth by 7 wickets, Gateshead Fell by 169 runs, South North by 9 wickets and South Shields by 8 wickets in the semi final. The final itself was a much closer affair, the Hill won the toss and decided to field, Lanchester scoring 174 all out in 39.1 overs, Jayem Patel the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 18, Muhammad Khan with 2 for 19 and Owen Blackburn 2 for 22 also impressing, there was also a wicket each for Abu Siddique, Luke Nellis and Rory Mustard. The Hill's top order got us to off a great start at 62 for 2, Fardin Bhuyian with 19, Freddie McGregor 15, however the 3rd wicket stand between Owen Blackburn (42) and Haydon Mustard (70 not out) was key as the Hill chased down the total for 5 wickets with 10 overs to spare.
As mentioned it was a terrfic run throughout the competition. some of the highlights include 100 not out for Fardin Bhuyian against Gateshead Fell, scores of 64 and 62 for Owen Blackburn and Haydon Mustard respectively in the same game where we scored 314 in 40 overs. 102 for Haydon Mustard against Tynemouth. 50 not out for Fardian Bhuiyan against South Shields. 44 for Fardin Bhuiyan, 38 for Jayem Patel and 36 for Freddie McGregor in a tough Quarter final game against South North. With the ball Abu Siddique took 9 wickets in the compeition, Luke Nellis took 8 wickets, 6 wickets for Sam Rowe and 4 each for Owen Blackburn and Ibrahim Tayaabb. A great team performance throughout the competition, well played all.
The good results dont stop there, in the NOrthumberland Junior Cricket League the team went unbeaten throughout July an August.
Monday 19th July - beat Ponteland by 51 runs. Haydon Mustard with 50 (retired) our top scorer in a total of 146 for 7 in 20 overs, Abu Siddique with 19, Warren Poxon with 18 were next best. Ponteland finished at 95 for 5 in their 20 overs, Fardin Bhuiyan taking 3 of those wickets for just 11 runs.
Monday 26 July - beat Tynedale by 58 runs. We batted first and scored 165 for 4, thanks to Freddie McGregor's excellent 50 (retired) and Logan Ramshaw with 34. Tynedale finished 107 all out, Warren Poxon taking 3 wickets and Abu Siddique with 2.
Monday 2nd August - beat Newcastle by 112 runs. We batted first scoring 138 for 3 in 20 overs, thanks to 50 from Freddie McGregor, 31 from Will Pullman and 24 from Warre Poxon. We then bowled out Newcastle for 26, Luke Nellis taking 4 for 7, Sam Rowe and Ibrahim Tayaab both taking 3 for 2.
Monday 16th August - beat Cramlington by 173 runs. We scored 204 for 2 in 20 overs, thanks to 50 for Fardin Bhuiyan, 42 for Freddie McGregor, 28 from Muhammad Khan, 27 for Logan Ramshaw and 26 for Hassan Ahmed.
Monday 23rd August - The team completed an excellent season with a narrow 5 run win over local rivals South North on Monday night. Fardin Bhuiyan, who has had a fantastic season, top scored with 33 as the Hill scored 113/6 in 18 overs, then despite a good 50 from South North opener Sam Ewart, our visitors needed 6 to win from the last ball, but Owen Blackburn once again got the job done, helped by a nerveless catch on the boundary from Warren Poxon, and we won a tight game to end our superb season on a positive note.