Cliffe blown away by Forster's unbeaten century
Darlington and District Cricket League
RABY Castle’s Peter Forster crashed a blistering unbeaten 120 to help his side to their first win of the campaign.
His knock helped Raby Castle post a formidable 216-5 in just 30 overs – a total which proved too many for opponents Cliffe, who reached 107-6 in reply, Richard Mallender top scoring with an unbeaten 43.
Haughton’s 154-7 at Lands was built around a solid opening partnership between skipper Sam Bainbridge (34) and Craig Edwards (48), while Mark Dobinson hit a quick-fire 32no.
Ryan Matthews and Keiran Brown each picked up a couple of wickets and there was one apiece for Lewis Leng and Ben Howe.
Mark Little, returning to his former club, then bagged 3-22 and Dan Naisbitt took 3-25 as Lands were bundled out for 85.
Barton were bundled out for just 78 against Aldbrough St John as Dan Smith took 6-16 in an excellent spell of 7.4 overs.
Mike Fleming hit an unbeaten 37 as Aldbrough polished off the chase with the minimum of fuss to win by nine wickets.
Elsewhere, Sy Broughton hit a century for Cockerton, whose 192-6 was too many for East Cowton, who closed on 139-5, while Middleton St George eased to a five run victory after bowling out West Park for 75.
In the B division, Middleton-in-Teesdale made it two wins out of two with victory against Cliffe II.
John Lucas top scored with 35 in Middleton’s 143. Oliver Welsby, Anth Coatsworth and Kamron Ibberson all made 20s.
Paul Simpson and Chris Wrigley each picked up three wickets for Cliffe, who in reply were held to 89 as Welsby followed up his knock with 5-34 in a seven over spell.
Ingleton-based King James enjoyed a thrilling win against Cockerton II.
Jamie Abbott plundered eight boundaries and three sixes in an unbeaten 64 to help King James to 135-4 from their 30 overs.
Despite an excellent unbeaten 80 from Steve Lethbridge, Cockerton fell five runs short.
Elsewhere, there were wins for Richmond V against Aldbrough II; Witton le Wear against Eryholme and Haughton against Spennymoor.