Cricket: Three wins out of four for Lands; All Stars return to Raby Castle
Darlington and District Cricket League
RABY Castle made it three wins from four games against Middleton St George.
The victory was built on an unbeaten 63 from James Forster and 41 from Dan lee as Raby posted 166-5 from their 30 overs.
James Irving and Josh Binks each picked up a couple of wickets for Middleton.
In reply, there were 20s from Josh Binks, Chris Peacock and Sam Binks, but none could go on to make a telling contribution as Raby ran out winners by 38 runs.
Forster followed up his half century with 4-24 and Joe Beadle bagged 3-32.
Lands also recorded their third win of this shortened campaign in a low scoring thriller against West Park RA.
Ryan Matthews took an excellent 6-19 in seven overs at West Park were bowled out for just 96. Only Sahil Sharma showed form with the bat, hitting 37.
Sharma then turned destroyer with the ball, taking 4-16 as Lands – after racing to 64 without loss thanks to Lewis Leng’s 44 – struggled to reach the target.
In the end it was left to Peter Matthews and Symun Sowerby to see the side home.
Sadly for Barningham, it was another week without a game after Barton conceded the fixture on Friday.
Elsewhere, Aldbrough St John enjoyed a comfortable win against Cliffe.
Matthew Brown and Mike Priestley both reached the 30s, but after their dismissals, Aldbrough’s innings subsided to 117.
In reply, Cliffe struggled against some accurate bowling and cold only reach 77 in their 30 overs. Tom Adamson made 29 and Tom Park-Bradley 21.
In the A division's other game, Haughton ran out five wicket winners after bowling out East Cowton for 82.
In the B division, a spell of 3-8 from Hamish Carter helped Middleton-in-Teesdale to a win against Middleton St George II.
MSG were held to 100, with 20s from Harwoods Owen and Alan, and Martin Hall.
In reply, Middleton cruised to their target thanks to 44 from Oliver Welsby.
Middleton are one of four sides to have won three of their first four league games, but all are chasing Witton-le-Wear, who remain unbeaten after a nine wicket win against Cockerton II.
l Congratulations to Richmondshire V team, who won the B Division Cup, chasing down Haughton’s 104-6 for the loss of just two wickets.
Raby Castle Juniors
RABY made the long journey to play Lintz CC, at Burnopfield, in the Durham Cricket Board Junior League Under 12s KO Cup and won by eight wickets.
Due to it being an Under 12 competition Raby were forced to make a couple of changes with Raam Raj, Benedict Hoskyns-Abrahall and Oliver Clark making their debuts.
Raby won the toss and chose to bowl first and Lintz openers Scott and Kirtley (30 not out) put on 31.
Thereafter some excellent bowling and fabulous fielding allowed Raby to take wickets at regular intervals and restrict the hosts to 68-5 in 20 overs.
The Raby wicket takers were Bertie Morris (1-5), Benedict Hoskyns-Abrahall (1-3) and William Poole (1-6)
In reply Raby reached their target off 13 overs with Ramm Raj making an unbeaten 30 and William Poole (22).
On Wednesday Raby U13s travelled to Brandon CC for a DCBJ league match and lost by 32 runs.
Due to Brandon having a number of players unavailable, Raby agreed that the hosts could play some 14-year-old players. This proved costly as openers Gill and Howe both scored unbeaten 30s but once they retired the Raby bowlers regularly took wickets and Brandon were 112 all out in the last over.
The Raby wicket takers were William Poole (2-10), Benedict Hosykns-Abrahall (1-6), Ralph Hoskyns-Abrahall (1-9) and Bertie Morris (1-16)
In reply Raby struggled against some difficult bowling with only William Poole (33 not out) making double figures and the Raby innings finished on 80 for 5 off their 20 overs.
Raby's next game is tonight, Wednesday, away to Ushaw Moor CC.
Raby Castle Cricket club are running ALL STARS again this year with sessions on some Sunday mornings (10.45am) and on Tuesday evenings (5.30pm) throughout August and early September.
Numbers are limited due to Covid restrictions – contact Steve Caygill for details on 07708 220426.