It was another mixed weekend of results for the Hill senior teams. On Saturday the 1st XI losing by 7 wickets at home to Castle Eden, the 2nd XI had a battling draw away to Sunderland, and the Wst Tyne 3rd XI losing to Haltwhistle, however there was better news on Sunday with the NEPL Sunday 3rd XI recording an excellent win away to Tynemouth.
Phil Haves 1st XI match report v Castle Eden
After last week’s stunning victory we hoped to follow up in the same manner as Castle Eden arrived for their first ever visit to a sun soaked Denton Bank on Saturday. Pete won the toss & decided to have a bat on what looked to be a pretty good wicket. Unfortunately our Achilles heel of recent weeks continued as a fine opening spell by the visitors overseas Professional Bilawal Iqbal & left arm seamer Keith Bailey reduced us to 32/3 with Donners, Haydon & Belly back in the changing rooms cheaply. Kyle & Angus set about the rebuild with the latter struggling to find his timing to any great extent. The introduction of off spinner Malkin continued to keep a tight check on the scoring & with the score on 79 having reached 48 Kyle unfortunately chipped the visitors skipper to mid wicket. Pete was unable to continue on from last week and was out caught & bowled without scoring - 80/5. Will then joined Angus & having survived a straight forward chance to mid off got 17 as we reached lunch without further loss on 102/5.
The hope of kicking on after lunch was quickly extinguished as first Will (17),who was adjudged LBW, & then Angus (16) were both dismissed without addition to the lunchtime score. Evasio continued his great form with the bat to manage the tail to reach 160, finishing on 38 not out including 20 for the last wicket with Joe Torre who says he hit the shot of the day, a straight drive for 4. Johnny Malkin was the pick of the visitors bowling finishing with a miserly 2-22 from his 15 overs
The final total certainly appeared to be under par & a good bowling performance would be required to get anything out of the game.
Evasio produced another excellent opening spell as he has done all season beating the bat on a number of occasions without any of luck that we needed. The visitors were however put on the back foot as one from Dan & 2 wickets from Kyle reduced them to 57/3. In truth from then onwards it became a difficult watch as Man of the Match Malkin (77no) & Meade (58no) added an unbeaten 104 as the visitors cruised to a 7 wicket win.
A tough day at the office however we go again & hope that next Saturday all aspects of our performance click we when we visit Burnopfield.
Captain Matt Hynd's match report v Sunderland
After a disappointing loss to CLS the seconds looked to bounce back away to Sunderland. However we had a much changed bowling attack so knew it would be a tough match. After winning the toss we elected to bowl on what looked a tricky pitch. Siddique and Nadella opened the bowling and passed the bat often in the first 16 overs. Nadella bowling his 12 overs for an economical 1-25. Sunderland were sticking in the game and at 128/4 looked set for a good score Jayam and Warren came on and bowled well but their bad balls were punished. Jones was on at the other end and was picking up wickets as Sunderland stuttered to 166/7. Sunderland then set out to steady the ship and bat their 55 overs and slowly climbed to 213 all out in 54.4 overs, with 2 good run outs ending the innings. Siddique 2-33, Jones 4-47 and Poxon 1-37 picking up the wickets.
We again started poorly and were quickly 44/4 , which became 89/6. Once again our long batting order helped as Tidmarch and Siddique rebuilt the innings with a 7th wicket stand of 64 before Tidmarch was out for 29. We continued to look for points but when Jones was well caught at leg slip only 2 wickets were needed. However Siddique batted well to claim his first 2nd XI 50 and Poxon ended 3 not out as we finished 179/9. A good battling draw for a very young bowling unit and some good batting from the middle order.
Captain Chris Pounder's match report v Haltwhistle
The West Tyne 3’s suffered another defeat, this time at the hands of Haltwhistle at home. After losing the toss and being asked to field first on the hottest day of the year so far. Haltwhistle made the hill toil hitting 200/9 in their 40 overs. Michael removed Hepple early but then a 2nd wicket partnership of 63 between captain Wallace and Marsh took Halty to 67. A couple of quick wickets got 3’s back in the game but another partnership of 34 would see Halty to 101/4 around drinks. From there the opposition would see regular partnerships to take them to 200 at the end of 40 overs. Wickets went to the skipper 2/32 Zain 2/33 and wickets each for Michael, Fergus,Ben, Bilal and Ayush. Yet again Ben showed improvement with controlled bowling only going for 14 off his six overs.
In reply the Hill couldn’t match what the opposition did in creating partnerships losing quick wicket until Michael joined Rory in the middle at taking the hill from 67/5 to 156/6 with Michael hitting 45. Unfortunately at that stage the overs were running out and it was all about getting as many points as we could. We would eventually finish on 168/8 with Rory Mustard hitting his first senior half century and carrying his bat for 69 not out.
8 points from the game saw The Hill leapfrog Newton to climb into 8th. Next week we head to take on 11th placed Hexham Leazes.
NEPL Sunday 3rd v Tynemouth match report
The Sunday 3s posted an excellent 243 for 9 in 40 overs in their game at Tynemouth, there were half centuries, one from the returning (work commitments) Darshana (53) and an unbeaten 52 from the returning (following injury) Taylor Matthews, there was also scores of 47 from Zain Ahmed and 46 from skipper Joe Fletcher.
It was always going to be a tough chase for the hosts, and despite an unbeaten century from opener Patrick Hallam, they finished 79 run short, with the Under 15s attack of Aaron Armstrong (4 wickets), Fergus Wallace (3 wickets), Jayam Patel (2 wickets) and Warren Poxon (1 wicket) doing the damage.