What a Coronation Saturday for the Hill as we recorded 3 league wins out of 3. The 1st's beating South North at Denton Bank by 48 runs. The 2nd's triumphing by 5 wicket at Roseworth Terrace in the reverse fixture, and the 3rd's winning by 8 wickets at Mitford.
Phil Haves match report - Following last week’s opening victory our first home game of the season saw us come up against reigning champions & local rivals South Northumberland.
As per usual captain Pete once again lost the toss & we were asked to bat first. Similar to last week Donners immediately set about the bowling taking 18 off the opening over from Wightman & with Haydon joining in the fun we raced to 100 inside 12 overs. Luke had reached 68 off 42 balls when he was stumped off Oli McGee. Haydon reached his maiden First XI 50 before a mix up with Will saw him run out for 53 off 58 balls – 133/3. In the midst of a frugal spell from Lee Crozier we then slumped to 146/7. With the help of Max & Callum Vasi marshalled the tail to a respectable 207. Vasi finishing unbeaten on 37.
After a steady start against a tight opening spell by Callum & Vasi 3 quick wickets from Callum then reduced the visitors to 29/3 with some fine left arm swing bowling accounting for Peyton, De Leede & Hewison . This quickly became 36/5 with Donners removing Cragg & Tindale. Vasi then claimed his first Premier League wicket – 56/7. McGee joined a watchful Birtwisle and they added 59 before Max dismissed them both in quick succession. Callum & Luke returned to wrap up the innings with a wicket a piece as the visitors were all out for 160.
Another outstanding performance sees us head the table at this early stage & we look to carry on in similar vain on Saturday when Whitburn are the visitors to Denton Bank.
1st XI scorecard v South North (h) is available here.
Matt Hynd's match report - after a disappointing first week the second team returned to winning ways at South Northumberland. The hill won the toss and elected to bowl.
Safi and Harry Bennett opened the bowling and despite a few early wides both settled into a nice rhythm. Safi removed both.openers including the dangers Khan and then also the no3 leaving south Northumberland 37/3. Jones and Siddique came on and were soon in the wickets removing key players Weetmam and captain Fletcher who got a cracking delivery from Siddique leaving South Northumberland 62 for 6 at half way. Robson came on and picked up a wicket in his first over. South Northumberland were digging in and passed 100 for 8. Nadella joined the attack and picked up 2 wickets in his first over leaving South Northumberland 106 all out in 41 overs with extras top scoring with 24. All the Bowlers bowled well and wickets were spread out. Safi (3/16), Jones (1/20), Siddique (2/17), Robson (2/13), Nadella (2/0) & Harry Bennet unfortunate to be wicketless.
Hynd and Moore opened and Moore was dismissed for a quickfire 11. Admad replaced him and hit 3 x 4s in an over but was run out for 18, leaving the Hill 39/2. Nadella came in and played positively and Hynd picked up a couple of boundaries as the score moved onto 90. Hynd was then dismissed for 30 with only 17 needed. Nadella and Safi quickly followed as the Hill had a small wobble at 97/5 but Dawson and Mcgregor saw us home with 19 overs remaining.
A good all round performance against a strong South Northumberland side, gets the first win of the season on the board.
2nd XI scorecard v South North (a) is available here.
Chris Pounder's match report - the West Tyne League 3rd 11 picked up their first win of the season beating Mitford by 8 wickets. Stand in skipper Davey lost the toss and we were asked to bowl first and after an opening stand of 27 wickets started to fall on a regular basis.
At one point Mitford were 62-9 but a 48 run partnership for the last wicket with opener Chris Kirtley carrying his bat for 79 would see Mitford set the hill 113 to win the game. Wickets for the hill went to Max Tidmarsh 3/19 Warren Poxon 2/10, 1 wicket each for Haroon Malik and Rory Mustard with Abhi Roy getting a run out.
In reply the hill lost Warren early without scoring but a 105 run partnership between Sheher (Sherry) khan 61 and Max Tidmarsh 37 took the hill toward the victory target before Max was bowled. The winning runs were hit by Rory Mustard who ended the game 6 not out.
A fantastic performance all round. On to next week where we host Haydon Bridge at the Haugh.
3rd XI scorecard v Mitford (a) is available here.
Cup Update - on 7th May, a weakened 1st XI lost heavlily in their first round National Knockout competition away to Stockton, there was better news however with the 2nd XI winning their Banks Bowl by 77 runs at Lanchester, Max Tidmarsh with 58 was top scorer in the Hil's total of 205 in 40 overs, there was also useful middle order contributions from Safiun Ahsan Diip with 32, Pete Jones 26 and Andy Dawson 19. In reply Hetton scored 128 all out, with the wickets shared between Pete Jones (3 for 18), Aaron Armstrong (3 for 25), Warren Poxon (2 for 17) and 1 each for Safiun and Harron Malik.
1st XI scorecard v Stockton is available here.
2nd XI scorecard v Lanchester is available here