So we now have one game to finish the season, as we travel to Coundon next Saturday.
A short update this week. A much depleted first team travelled to South hetton. South Hetton batted first with C Ferguson 48 not out, A Hillas bowled for 5, S McCoy stumped for 21 by Luke Richardson and R Taylor 5 not out when the rain arrived and closed proceedings. Connor Hendeson took 0 for 34, Derrick Steinberg 1 for 40 and Ian Kitching 1 for 9.
So we now have one game to finish the season, as we travel to Coundon next Saturday.
With three games of the season left to go, we got our fourth win. In our final game at the Hazard. The opponents today were fellow league strugglers Coundon.
The visitors batted first making 121 all out. With catches for Jack Holding, Kieran Burrell, Stuart Archbold x 2, Neil Matthews and Chris Vallance. Our bowlers performed as follows:
Chris Vallance 1 for 4
Derrick Steinberg 0 for 19
Connor Henderson 3 for 14
Rachel Petherick 1 for 54
Jack Holding 3 for 16
After tea we got off to a great start with Neil Matthews batting alomst all the way through the innings eventually ending LBW on 58, Tom Rennie was bowled for 12, Scot Gillan not out 21 and Luke Richardson not out 2. So a good win for the lads.
Our final two games are away at South Hetton and Coundon.
Second team review of the season.
For a team that nearly folded at the start of this season, didnt enter any cups due to lack of players and conceded for the first time ever last year. the seconds did very well indeed. This season we finished fourth, rising from 7th last year. we had less points (170 compared to 213) but their were six less games this year.
We won 6 and lost 5 compared the 9 and 9 last year. so well done to everyone who turned out for the seconds this season.
Our penultimate home game was sadly another loss against Stanhope. It was however a close match, which was played in the spirit of the game from both sides and some friendly drinks back in the rugby club after the game.
Batting first Rainton were all out for 105, Neil Matthews got us off to a good start with 22, Tom Rennie caught for 9, L uke Richardson caught 1, Staurt Archbold caught 0, James Messer caught 39, Connor Henderson caught 4, Jack Holding caught 0, Scott Taylor caught 9, Roy Hardwick bowled 0, Chris Valance 0 not out and Derrick Steinberg bowled 0. H Mews took 4 for 29 and wicket Keeper F Stephenson took 6 catches behind the sticks.
Stanhope then reached 106 for 7, however with 9 men this meant it came down to the final wicket or last 4 runs. S McTaggert top scored with 32 for Stanhope. Our bowling was as follows:
Scott Taylor 1 for 15
Chris Valance 3 for 31
Derrick Steinberg 0 for 25
James Messer 3 for 15
Jack Holding 0 for 14.
The second teams final game of the season was cancelled as Burnhope were unable to raise a side. So 25 points, but we would rather have won those final points. So the seconds finish the season in fourth.
The first team travelled to undefeated table toppers Kimblesworth and unfortunately came unstuck against their ten men. Kimblesworth batted first making 321 for 8, with L Wright top scoring on 132, our bowlers Scott Taylor 1 for 33, Chris Vallance 0 for 47, Derrick the burglar Steinberg 3 for 53, James Messer 0 for 46, Connor Henderson 1 for 58, Jack Holding 1 for 50 and Neil Matthews 2 for 30. After tea were made it to within 63 runs of the total but fell short. Neil Matthews caught for 51, Connor Henderson bowled for 5, Luke Richardson was caught for 56, Stuart Archbold was caught for 17, James Messer was stumped for 56, Bob Batie was LBW 15, Jack Holding was run out (by Stevie Wonder)for 5, Scott Taylor then added the bulk of the runs for the tail, with 23 not out. His partnership with Roy Psycho Hardwick (bowled for 14) saw us edge a bit closer. However the loss of Chris Vallance and Derrick Steinberg closed the innings on 258. So a good team performance, which in any other game would have been a victory. Another brilliant game played in the right spirit and a few pints in the bar after.
The seconds hosted Tantobie in their final home game of the season. It turned out as always between these sides to be a friendly encounter. Rainton batted first making 166 for 7. Colin Henderson opened the batting before being caught for 25, Kevin Hall was caught but not before adding 62 on his rainton return, Tom Rennie was LBW 6, Scott Gillan caught for 1, Adam Thwaites Caught for 9. After a fall of some quik wickets Rachel Petherick arrived at the crease to steadied the ship with 21 not out. Kieran Burrell was bowled for 10, Adam Bell was bowled for 8 and Michael Wildish was 0 not out.
After the usually high standard of tea at the Hazard, Tantobie put up a fight despite having ten men, however they were bowled out for 93. With Rachel Petherick 3 for 22, Scott Gillan 0 for 42, Ian Kitching 3 for 15, Kieran Burrell 2 for 9 and Adam Bell 1 for 0.
So two good games. Next week the firsts take on Stanhope at the Hazard, the seconds travel to Burnhope in their final game of the year.
In an unusual turn of events, the firsts completed a surprise defeat over Seaham Harbour. We lost the toss and bowled first, we bowled out Seaham for 87 runs. Our bowlers preformed well, with Chris Valance 2 for 20, Scott Taylor 2 for 29, Kristian Jefferson 2 for 15 and burglar Derrick Steinberg 4 for 22. In reply we got off for a good start with Neil Matthews 28 and Kristian Jefferson 12, a mid order collapse saw us almost snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. With Tom Rennie, Luke Richardson and Stuart Archbold all collecting ducks. Bob Batie steadied the innings, by adding 21, but wickets continued to fall at the other end, with Connor Henderson 1, Jack Holding 2, and Chris Valance 2. Scott Taylor (7) and Derrick Steinberg (0) both ended not out as the pull us over the line. Well done lads.
It wasn’t such a good day for the seconds, as they were defeated by 204 runs by Kibblesworth. It seems like revenge after we bowled them out for 21 earlier in the season. Bating first Kibblesworth made 290 for 7 declared, with Glenn Moody 1 for 80, Scott Gillan 1 for 60, Rachel Petherick 2 for 50, Kieran Burrell 2 for 65 and Adam Bell 0 for 90. After tea we were all out for 86. Steve Hutchinson caught for 3, Adam Thwaites bowled for 1, Scott Gillan top scored with 21, Roy Hardwick caught for 0, Rachel Petherick caught 0, Colin Henderson caught for 9, Grant Wilson caught 13, Kieran Burrell not out 17, Glenn Moody caught 13, Adam Bell bowled 2 and Michael Petherick caught for 1. A bad day at the office, you can’t win them all.
Unfortunetly another bad day at the office. With two loses, but both games saw some fight.
The firsts went into their game against Beamish looking for a win. Beamish batted first making 147 for 8 off their 45 overs. With Chris Vallance taking 0 for 13, Derrick Steinberg 1 for 40, Connor Henderson 2 for 28, James Messer 1 for 19, Jack Holding 3 for 18 and Glen Moody 0 for 22. As has been the case this season, we struggled with the bat, Bob Batie was caught for a duck, Tom Rennie was bowled for 29, Scot Gillan bowled for 5, Luke Richardson caught for 7, Stuart Archbold caught for 24, Connor Hendeson caught for 3, James Messer bowled for 1, Jack Holding caught for 8, Chris Valance caught for 7, Glen Moody not out 16 and Derrick Steinberg LBW 3, giving us a total of 123 all out. Just 24 runs short of the target. A result which leaves us second from bottom, with 6 games to play.
Seaham Harbour at home.
Stanhope at home
Coundon home and away
South Hetton away.
The seconds traveled to Cleadon to face Simonside. The home team batted first, making 229 for 8 for their 45 overs. With Ian Kitching taking 3 for 32, Adam Bell 0 for 36, Grant Wilson 4 for 49, Kieran Burrell 1 for 37 and Davy Noble 0 for 63.
In reply Adam Thwaites was bowled for 1, Steve Hutchinson was stumped for 73, Graham Avent was caught for 4, Michael Petherick was caught for 19, Kieran Burrell was caught for 0, Davy Noble caught for 14, Michael Wildish LBW 0, Grant Wilson was caught for 52 (a first career 50, congratulations Grant), Adam Bell bowled 0, Richard Harrison LBW 1, and Ian Kitching 0 not out.
So some good performances from the seconds as our rebuilding season continues.
The seconds moved up to third despite the loss, sitting behind champions elect Kimblesworth and a strong Kibblesworth side.
We have three second team games remaining.
Tantobie at home
so three tough games to come.
The second team were rained off at home to Belmont.
The firsts however took part in the only game in the league not affected by rain. Batting first rainton were bowled out for 93. Bob batie top scored on 24, Tom Rennie caught for 5, Luke Richardson caught for 3, Stuart Archbold caught for 10, Connor Henderson bowled for 1, James Messer caught on the boundary for 22, Scott Taylor 13, Roy Hardwick bowled for 2, Kieran Burrell bowled for 0, Chris Valance bowled for 2 and Rachel Petherick 0 not out.
Belmont passed the total for the loss of 3 wickets, our bowling results were:
Scott Taylor 0 for 6, Chris Vallance 0 for 20, James Messer 2 for 27, Rachel Petherick 0 for 26 and Connor Henderson 1 for 14.
So not the best day at the office.
An unusual week in that the firsts recorded a second win of the season. Batting first Rainton made 260 for 9, our highest score of the season so far. Neil Matthews opened as always scoring 52, Bob Batey was bowled for 30, Tom Rennie caught for 3, Luke Richardson bowled for 9, Captain Stuart Archbold bowled 55, Connor Henderson caught for 26, Jack Holding not out 45, Roy Hardwick caught for 0, Rachel Petherick caught for 16, Derrick Steinberg caught for 0 and Ian Kitching 0 not out.
In reply Wearmouth were bowled out for 62. With Luke Richardson taking three stumpings, and the sole catch falling to Roy Hardwick. The bowlers did well today with Derrick Steinberg 1 for 24, Ian Kitching 2 for 16, Connor Henderson 3 for 21, Jack Holding 1 for 0 and Rachel Petherick 1 for 2. So that gave us a 198 run victory.
The seconds however lost to table toppers Kimblesworth. they did however put up some resistance. Batting first we made 197 for 8. Adam Thwaithes opened the batting, before being bowled for 6, Scott Gillan LBW 8, Anuj Cheettri LBW 30, Steve Hutchinson caught 59, Colin Henderson bowled 32, Iain Hughes LBW 4, Kieran Burrell bowled 20, Richard Harrison 20 not out and Grant Wilson 0 not out.
With the ball we struggled however, Scott Gillan took 1 for 31, Adam Bell 2 for 52, Grant Wilson 0 for 47, Kieran Burrell 0 for 28 and Anuj Cheettri 1 for 30. with the three catches falling to Richard Harrison, Kieran Burrell and Colin Henderson.
With all cup games now finished, with no cups unfortunately. We return our focus to the league, the seconds played last week so all focus was on the firsts. Unfortunately i was a 81 run defeat at the hands of Burnhope. Batting first Burnhope made 272 for 6 despite the best efforts of our bowlers.With Chris Vallance 2 for 44, Derrick Steinberg 1 for 67, Connor Henderson 1 for 65, James Messer 0 for 33, Jack Holding 1 for 41, Bob Batie 0 for 13. After tea we did well with the bat but didnt trouble the total. Neil Matthews was caught for 12, Bob Batie also caught for 19, Luke Richardson a duck, Connor Henderson 24, Jack Holding bowled for 1, Stuart Archbold caught for 54, James Messer LBW 7, Roy Hardwick bowled for 37, Chis Vallance 2, Scott Gillan 2 and Derrick Steinberg 0 not out. Leaving us on 191 all out.
Better luck next week lads.
After a long break for the T20 competitions, (regardless of the final results we are now out of all the cups) we can now again focus on the league. With a few players returning we should be stronger in the second half of the season. The seconds kicked with a rearranged game against Beamish. This was a victory by 7 wickets.
Beamish batted first being bowled all out for 70. With Derrick Steinberg 2 for 10, Connor Henderson 2 for 24, Scott Gillan 3 for 21 and Ian Kitching 3 for 8.
In replyColin Henderson was bowled for 0, Stephen Hutchinson caught for 34, Scott Gillan caught for 15, Connor Henderson not out 6 and Roy Hardwick 4 not out.
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