Both games against Coundon and Kimblesworth fell foul to the weather. The firsts finished 7th in division 1 and the seconds retained the division 2 title. The clubs congratulations go to Hunwick for being worthy Division 1 title holders.
In a break with the norm we deal with the second team first this week. Rainton travelled to Littletown requiring two points to clinch the division 2 title once again. The lads managed to get those points and 18 more in superb fashion. Batting first Neil Matthews had a field day with the bat achieving his 50 runs quickly. Sachin Sharma at the other end ably supported with 12, his departure allowed Davy noble tot he crease who pushed the total on with 35 more on the board. Tom Rennie contributed well with 29. Before Connor Henderson got the duck of the day - but made up for it later. Luke Richardson 10, Glen Moody 18 and Skipper Darren Portrey 31 added to the growing total. With Luke Armstrong 4, Geoff College 17 not out and Derrick Steinberg 0 beginning us up to 232 all out. With R Bushby achieving 3 for 40 in Littletown's response.
After a typically good Littletown tea it was our turn with the ball and on a firm track we did not disappoint. With T Crowther providing the strongest resistance with a defiant 24. Darren Portrey 3 for 23, Glen Moody 0 for 14 and Luke Armstrong 1 for 16 reducing Littetown's resistance. But it was Connor Henderson 6 for 15 we tore through the Littletown line up and gave us the victory and confirmed our championship for another season.
On Sunday the seconds added to the Robert Dunnett trophy we had retained last week. By winning the Amos Lowing shield for the first time since 1963. Playing Hunwick, we batted first reaching 178 for 3, Neilo Matthews again being man of the match with 84 runs, ably assisted by Anuj Chettri 13, Mike Williamson 31 and Davy Noble 25 not out. After a quick turn around Hunwick batted out the twenty overs for 92 runs. With S Crowther top scoring on 30. In reply Darren Portrey 1 for 14, Glen Moody 0 for 11, Derrick Steinberg 2 for 22, Luke Armstrong 2 for 25 and Connor Henderson 2 for 11 helped us top off a great season for the seconds with one game left to play.
The first unfortunately fell to another defeat after a run of victories at the hands of Kimblesworth. Kimblesworth batted first reaching 174 for 8. With D Card top scoring on 34. Will Orchin 0 for 50, Ian Kitching 1 for 27, Rachael Petherick 1 for 29, Andy Lormor 2 for 29, Chris Vallance 2 for 8 and Chris Paton 2 for 37 giving us a decent but not insurmountable total to chase. But the collapse began almost instantly after tea. With Alan Maskell, Michael Robbie and Chris Paton leaving us on 1 for 3 wickets after two overs. With Will Orchin 3, Andy Lormor 8 and Graham Avent 2 all struggling ti was left to the til end to try and pick up the run rate. With Anthony Ashman 14, Rachael Petherick 15, Kieran Paton 3 and Ian Kitching 0 not out summing up the tail. However this leaves a large gap in our final total of 122 all out. Chris Vallance our opening batted carried his bat throughout posting an impressive 74 before being bowled to end our innings, 52 runs short. Alot closer than it looked earlier on.
The firsts pulled off a stunning win against title chasers Littletown. Littletown batted first achieving 94 all out, P Bennett top scoring on 16. Our bowling was as follows...
Ian Kitching 1 for 30
Will Orchin 7 for 32 - superb score
Chris Paton 1 for 17
Rachael Petherick 1 for 10
In reply we batted well on the newly laid Littletown wickets, Alan Maskell 14, Chris Vallance 29, Michael Robbie 4, Chris Paton 28 not out and Will Orchin 19 not out.
The seconds took a great stride towards a fourth second division title this week, moving them to within 1 point of the title, with two games remaining. Beamish batted first reaching 85 all out, P Woodhouse top scoring on 24.
Derrick Steinberg 1 for 15
Darren Portrey 3 for 15
Luke Armstrong 4 for 21
Connor Henderson 1 for 19
Geoff College 1 for 4
In reply after another superb rainton tea, and on a great batting track - even if the grounds man does say so himself.
Neil Matthews opened his account with 25, Anuj Chettri not out 39 and Tom Rennie 9 not out.
On the sunday the seconds played in the final of the Robert Dunett at Beamish against Houghton, the lads gained victory by 41 runs. With Neil Matthews being man of the match with an unbeaten 69 runs. And Luke Armstrong adding 3 for 13 with the ball.
Both teams have two league games remaining, the firsts verse Kimblesworth (H) and Coundon (A). The seconds face Littletown (A) and Kimblesworth (H) on the final day of the season. Whilst on Sunday 14th the seconds play Hunwick in the final of the Amos Lowing/ Wilson trophy at Hunwick. 1.30pm. Haway the lads.
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