On what was the weekend of the season so far weather wise, the Hill senior teams had a mixed weekend of results.
At Gosforth the 1st XI minus James Schofield (moved darn sooth), Luke Doneathy (rested by Durham) and Callum Harding (injured) battled hard but had to settle for a losing draw against South North. South North won the toss and not suprisingly in the 26C+ temperatures, elected to bat first. Despite Rory Hanley taking the early wicket of Birty, the home side were on top throughout the innings, posting 245 for 7 off 52 overs. Mohsin Mukhtar once again the pick of the bowlers with an excellent 4 for 55 off 13 overs, Kyle and Max the other wicket takers.
Angus Guy moved up to opener with Mohsin in the absence of Schoey, however we lost 4 relatively quick wickets for 77, when Phil Bell joined Kyle at the crease. The pair put on an excellent stand of 88 before Belly fell for 27 with the score at 165 for 5, we pushed on for victory despite the loss of two more quick wickets, before Kyle eventually fell for an excellent 93 with the score at 194 for 7. It was left to Max with 16 not out (off 33 balls) and Anth Hunter 0 not out (off 21 balls) to see us safely home for a draw at 204 for 8 off 58 overs.
South North finished with 14 points and the Hill 9 points, the scorecard is available here.
In the reverse fixture, the 2nd's secured a terrfic 5 wicket win over the South North. The visitors won the toss and batted first but were bowled out for only 165 in 52 overs, Joe Kilpatrick, Will Archbold and Safiun Bhuiyan all taking 3 wickets. At 118 for 5 we look in some trouble in our reply, but Will Archbold steadied the ship with 35 not out to accompany opener Joe Moore's excellent 89 not out (11x4,1x6).
The Hill took the maximum 30 points from the game and South 4 points, the scorecard is available here
The West Tyne 3rd XI made it two wins in a row with a 3 wicket win over Haydon Bridge. The Bridge batted first but were skittled for only 113, Sam Stillwell taking a superb 5 for 9, Owen Blackburn took 2 and Haroon Malik, Chris Pounder and Matthew Lockey were the other wicket takers. Despite a steady start, Davey Ladd (23) and Rashid Shad (14) we begain to make the target look difficult, but in form Andy Dawson, batting at 5 steadied the ship batting the youth, he finished 32 not out, to see us home with 3 wickets to spare in the 34th over.
We took the maximum 20 points from the game, the scorecard is available here
On Sunday the 2nd XI recorded a huge 138 run over Felling in the Banks Bowl Quarter Final. In form batsmen from Saturday, Joe Moore with 63 and Andy Dawson 73 not out the main contributors, but there was also an excellent 50 from youngster Rohan Aatif, as we scored 229 for 6 in their 40 overs. Felling lost wickets regularly and were finished at 91 for 8 off their 40 overs, Matthew Lockey the pick of the bowlers taking 4 for 12 off his 8 overs.
The scorecard is available here