The weekend started well with vicotry for the First XI over Blaydon in the Tyneside Charity Bowl, however they lost their second league game in a row in a tight game against Newcastle on Saturday. The Second XI continued their excellent run with a comprehensive win at Jesmond, and the West Tyne Third XI triumphed at Mowden Hall School over Newton, To cap another fine weekend of weather and cricket the 2s recorded a win in the Banks Bowl against Sacriston.
Phil Haves match report - Saturday saw Newcastle arrive at Denton Bank for the first of the win/lose/draw set of fixtures & normal service was resumed as Pete lost the toss & we were asked to bat. Angus & Dan opened up however both were dismissed cheaply by Unsworth as we slipped to 8/2. Belly & Kyle then began the task of rebuilding the innings & we reached lunch without further loss. The partnership continued to flourish after the break as both batters mixed aggression with smart batting until the partnership had reached 171 when Belly was dismissed for an excellent 70.. Kyle & William then added a further 37 runs with Kyle duly reaching his century before William was dismissed – 216/4. This started another stutter in our innings with Kyle out for 118 & 5 wickets falling for the addition of only 22 runs before Pete called a halt after 55 overs with the total on 236/9.
The Newcastle reply started in much a similar way to ours as the visitors were 16/2 early in their innings. Some tight bowling from all the bowlers kept the visitors scoring rate in check although wickets became hard to come by with former Hill player Mohsin Mukhtar & Mackintosh batting sensibly. The wicket of Mackintosh brought Robinson to the crease & he gave the innings impetus hitting 7x4s & a six in a quick fire 48. With fall of Robinson’s wicket 187/4 soon became 215/8 as Evasio picked up his first 5fer completing an excellent 15 over spell with 5/48. At this point the game was very much in the balance but some excellent running between the wickets saw the visitors home with 3 balls to spare
A disappointing end to a game that swung to & fro from start to finish but certainly bead enjoyable to watch. Saturday sees us travel to Ropery Lane to meet Chester le Street hoping to see us return to winning ways.
Matty Hynd's match report - The seconds travelled to Newcastle showing 2 changes , Poxon unavailable and Nadella in the firsts, giving an opportunity to Fletcher and Jesmond specialist Hunter. There was a hope that the first red ball match of the season would see a beautiful batting surface at Jesmond, however everyone was surprised to see a very green looking wicket at Jesmond which changed pre match thoughts ! However this made no difference innthe end as Newcastle won the toss and elected to bowl. Newcastle started well and their seam attack extracted variable bounce and a lot of movement which soon had the hill in trouble at 33 for 4. Robson and Fletcher started to rebuild and took us to 86 for 5 before Robson was out for 21. Dawson joined Fletcher and counter attacked to brilliant effect, scoring 62 from only 56 balls while Fletcher also passed 50. 3 quick wickets (Dawson 62, Fletcher 66 and Kilpatrick 0) had us 182/8. However Hunter again showed why he's the Jesmond specialist by scoring a quick fire 33 not out from 18 balls allowing us to declare at 220/8 in 51. Newcastle got off tp a similar atart and lost 4 quick wickets to the swing of Kilpatrick and the pace of Hunter and at 37/4 were in trouble Pinnington and Grey tried to counter attack the change bowling but Jones trapped Grey LBW, leaving Newcastle 78/5 and when Siddique removed Pinnington for 39, the Hill were well on top. The Hill then picked up the remaining 4 wickets quickly leaving Newcastle 138 all out with 14 overs remaining. Again the wickets were well spread out Kilpatrick 2-25, Hunter 2-15, Jones 3-35, Safi 2-37 and Siddique 1-25. A 30 point win leaving us second in the table and a tricky away game to Chester le street to come next.
Chris Pounder's match report -The West Tyne League 3’s won a close game at Mowden Hall on Saturday by five wickets. Winning the toss skipper Davey put the opposition in. Newton were going well with an opening stand of 44 between Clark and Lee before Lee was out for 20 for Aaron Armstrong’s only wicket of the game. Another partnership between Lee and Taylor would see Newton progress to 129 before Lee was caught and bowled by Davey Ladd for 57. After that there were no significant wickets fell with regularity seeing Newton go from 129/2 to finish on 164/7. 2 wickets a piece for Michael MacLachlan and Ben Robinson who impressed opening the bowling to finish with 2/22 from 8.
In reply the hill the hill opened with Rash and Rory. We would lose Rash for 15 (27/1) and then Shiva for a quick fire 20 from 13 balls including two huge 6’s (51/2) Zain would join Rory in the middle before the latter would fall for 18 (62/3). A partnerships a a of 46 between Zain and Davey (11) with the wicket of Aaron sandwiched between Zain (72 not out) and Abhi (21 not out) would see 3’s win with 12 balls to spare.