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Weekend Review - 29-30 June : Huge 1st innings scores not enough for victories for 1s or 2s

Weekend Review - 29-30 June : Huge 1st innings scores not enough for victories for 1s or 2s

5 Jul 2024

Another frustrating weekend for the Hill with the 1s going down to a 7 wcket defeat despite posting their top team score of the season (271 for 4), and the 2s thanks to Joe Fletcher's superb 133 were are also frustrated as Gateshead Fell held out for a draw and a share of the points. The NEPL 3s however kept up their good run with victory over Hetton Lyons.

 

NEPL Premier League - 1st XI v Burnopfield (h) - lost by 7 wickets - Match Report from Phil Haves

 

Saturday saw us return to NBMS Denton Bank to host Burnopfield hoping to end our run of disappointing recent results. A side missing the skipper, Belly & Rory were dealt a further late blow when Callum was forced to pull out due to illness.

 

Burnopfield won the toss & asked us to have a bat on what looked like a good wicket for batting. Arun & Adam opened up & took us to 39 before Arun was bowled for 15. Yash joined Adam & not for the first time this season they steadily built a substantial partnership with first Yash & then Adam reaching half centuries as the partnership passed the 100 before Adam pulled up with a calf injury on 50 & was forced to retire. Janders joined Yash who had moved effortlessly to 87 before he was out with the total on 186. On the back of his unbeaten half century last week Max was next in & continued in much the same vane as the previous Saturday hitting a quick fire 30 off 20 balls with 4x4s & 1x6 as we passed the 200 to achieve maximum batting points before he was dismissed with the total on 224. Janders continued to score at a brisk rate & duly reached his first half century of the season before he was out on the last ball of the innings as we closed on 271/4.

 

The visitors reply was 3 overs old when a controversial not out decision in favour of the visitors Ben McKinney proved costly as along with opening partner Matty Oswell they added 110 for the first wicket before McKinney was dismissed for 57. With Oswell & Whitfield both also making half centuries along with quick fire 30’s from John Oswell & Hazell-Evans the visitors made light work of the challenging target claiming victory by 7 wickets with plenty of overs to spare. Yash with 2 & Luke were our only wicket takers.

 

This was another chastening defeat & as we head to the halfway point in the season a way to put together some positive results needs to be found quickly.

 

1st XI NEPL Scorecard v Burnopfield (h)

 

NEPL Division Two - 2nd XI v Gateshead Fell (a) - Match Drawn

 

Thanks to a superb knock of 133 by Joe Fletcher, the 2s who were inserted by the hosts, posted 217 all out in 51 overs. Only Jayam Patel (with 21), Safiun Ahsan Diip (14), Rohan Aatif (13) and Jake Robson (10) reach double figures in support.

 

However the hosts hung on in their 54 overs for a draw, eventually finishing on 162 for loss of 8 wickets. Pete Jones was top wicket taker with 3 for 28 from 13 overs, Jake Robson taking 2 for 43 off 14 overs, and there was a wicket each for Saffi and Ayush Chakraborty.

 

The results leaves us in 4th position in the league, 40 points behinf leaders Hetton Lyons. Our next game is against second placed South North, who are 35 points ahead of us currently.

 

2nd XI NEPL scorecard v Gateshead Fell (a) 

 

West Tyne League - no fixture

 

NEPL Sunday League - 3rd XI v Hetton Lyons (h) - Won by 33 runs

 

The NEPL 3s recorded an impressive home victory over Hetton Lyons on Sunday. The Hill won the toss and batted first, with youngsters, Fergus Wallace with an excellent 71, Ben Robinson with an equally impressive 48 and Ayush Chakraborty with 24, scoring the bulk of the runs, as we posted 197 all out in 39 overs.

 

In reply Hetton looked to be heading for victory at 148 for 4, however they then collapsed to 164 all out. Once again it was the youngsters impressing, with Aaron Armstrong taking 5 for 41 from 8 overs, and Ayush 5 for 41 from 8 overs, Michael Maclauchlan the other wicket taker.

 

The result leaves us in 3rd place in the league but a huge 56 points behind leaders Sacriston. Sunday Frist Division League Table

 

NEPL 3rd XI scorecard v Hetton Lyons (h)

 

 

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