Raby Castle fly the flag for Teesdale in A division knockout cup
By Stuart Laundy - Senior Reporter
Darlington and District Cricket League
ONLY one A division fixture survived the weekend downpour and it saw Nunthorpe move up into third place in the table.
Shazad Rashid continued his good form for the Teessiders, following up his unbeaten 120 the previous week with 61 of his side’s 147-4 against East Cowton.
Cowton, who have been going through a lean patch since a couple of early season wins, gave it a good go, but fell eight runs short after Andrew Raw (48) and Brian Tucker (34) had given their side a good start.
Haughton were on their way to a good total against West Park RA, having reached 134-3 when the rain came, skipper Sam Bainbridge having posted 54.
Barningham openers Dan Swires and Colin Blackburn had got to 25 without loss at Raby Castle, while all other games were abandoned without a ball being bowled.
In the B division, leaders Spennymoor took the points at home to Raby Castle II after a four wicket win.
Peter Forster's 46 in Raby’s 135 was the highlight, but Spennymoor produced a good run chase.
Haughton II dismissed Witton le Wear for a paltry 63 before cruising home by seven wickets.
In the A division league cup, Raby Castle are the only remaining team from the dale in this year’s competition after last week's quarter finals.
After Barningham posted 117-7, Raby overcame a late wobble to win by four wickets with an over to spare.
Rob Stanwix top scored for Barningham with 32 in the face of tight bowling from Dan and Simon Lee, while Simon Lee (46) and Matt Dent (27no) helped steer Raby home despite the loss of three late wickets.
West Park RA defeated Barton by just one run, while East Cowton and Haughton took the two other semi-final spots with wins against Aldbrough St John and Middleton St George. The semi-finals, on Thursday, June 14, will see East Cowton entertain Raby Castle and Haughton visit West Park RA.