The sun continued to shine over the weekend, and the great weather certainly brought out the best of performances as all 3 Hill sides were victorious on Saturday.
1st XI v Burnopfield (home) - Phil Haves match report
On a rare recent warm Saturday at Denton Bank visitors Burnopfield not surprisingly won the toss & asked us to have a bat on what looked a good wicket. Haydon & Angus opened up & batted with confidence punishing any loose deliveries. The pair moved their partnership serenely to a century however the introduction of Durham left arm spinner Trevaskis made the breakthrough by dismissing Haydon for a well made 52 off 56 balls (6x4 & 2x6). Angus reached his half century (57 off 79) before he was dismissed having added a further 37 with James. A further 36 was added between James (32) & Kyle (14) before both fell with the score on 175. Belly & Pete took the score to 206 before Pete & Will fell in consecutive deliveries. Belly guided the tail through our 50 overs making a composed 36 as we finished on 256/9.
The visitors opened up with the dangerous John Oswell & he had made only 10 before being caught by Callum off Vasi. Following this early setback the visitors made steady progress to reach 63 until Kyle struck in his first over bowling Brown for 24. 2 further quick wickets of Seymour & the dangerous Trevaskis to Kyle (3/22) reduced Burnopfield to 73/4. Pearce joined Dinning & took the score yo 117 before the latter was caught by Max off Callum. Despite 38 from Cole Pearce & 34 off 31 from Barker the visitors fell 50 short in the face of some accurate from all our bowlers & were bowled out for 205. As well as 3 for Kyle, Vasi took 3 with 2 for Callum & a wicket for Dan.
Another excellent all round performance following on from Mondays victory at Tynemouth ensured we picked up another 24 points & more of the same as we travel to Ashington on Saturday for the last League game of the season.
2nd XI v Gateshead Fell (away) - Matty Hynd's captains report
The seconds made it 3 wins in 3 after beating Gateshead Fell by 30 runs.
We won the toss and elected to bat and made an awful start after losing Moore, Poxon and Aatif to some good bowling by Elliott, leaving us 9 for 3. Hanley and Abu started the rebuild before Hanley was unfortunate to be given out caught behind off his pad for 21. Abu Continued to counter attack but Tidmarch fell quickly and then when Abu was unluckily out for 55 from 57, we were 96/6 with 20 overs left. Mcgregor was out for 8, and things were not looking good at 104/7. Hynd and Kilpatrick put on 25 before Kilpatrick got a good delivery and Hynd and Jones put on 46 before Jones was LBW. Armstrong was last out and Hynd was 33 not out and the Hill had a decent 176 all out.
Abu again bowled lovely but couldn't find the edge. However Hanley trapped the young opener for 14 and the Fell were 32/1 after 16. The fell tried to accelerate but wickets started to fall. 53 for 1 quickly became 67 for 5 as Poxon removed no 3, 4 and 5. The fell steadied the ship but runs were still hard to come by and Jones picked up 2 wickets leaving the fell with a lot to do at 111/7. Kilpatrick returned and picked up the last 3 leaving the fell 145 all out. Abu unluckily picking up 0-17 from 10, but all the other Bowlers getting wickets. Kilpatrick 3-26, Jones 2-20, Hanley 1-36, Poxon 3-21 and Armstrong 1-23.
The win means we will finish either 3rd, 4th or 5th depending on the outcome of the final match, which is an excellent achievement with some young players getting some invaluable experience.
West Tyne 3rd XI v Heaxham Leazes (home) - Chris Pounder's captains report
The West Tyne 3’s returned to winning ways on Saturday with a 94 run win over bottom of the table Hexham Leazes.
Having lost the toss and being inserted The Hill were 76 without loss at drinks. The innings would end on 195/6 with Rory (34) James (62) Michael (22) and Fergus (29 not out) being the major contributors.
The confidence in the batting then transferred to the bowling with the visitors being bowled out for 101 Barrick top scoring with 53 with Ayush the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4/27 from his 8 overs.