Village cricket: Raby Castle CC claim third trophy of the season
By Stuart Laundy - Senior Reporter
RABY Castle claimed their third trophy of the season with a six-wicket win against old foe Haughton in the final of the Fenwick Cup, run by Aldbrough St John.
Simon Lee’s 4-17 helped to restrict Haughton to just 97 and Andrew West’s 33 ensured there were few alarms in the chase.
In the league, Barningham scored at almost ten an over for 40 overs after being put into bat by East Cowton skipper Brian Tucker.
In a total of 392-4, Gary Walker smashed 16 sixes and eight fours before he was finally dismissed for 155.
Chris Wearmouth also posted three figures – an unbeaten 105 which included eight sixes and six fours.
Shell shocked Cowton were bowled out for 136, with Jack Bagley's 64 the highlight. Barningham used only two bowlers with Joe Blackburn and Carl Irving each claiming five wickets.
Raby Castle must rely on results elsewhere going their way if they are to win the league after they suffered a defeat at the hands of Cliffe.
Cliffe posted 169 in their 40 overs with several batsmen getting starts but none going on to make a substantial score, while Simon Lee was the pick of the Raby bowlers with 3-29.
Raby’s batsmen looked to be making a decent fist of the reply until a middle order collapse took the team from 81-2 to 96-6 after which there was no coming back and the last wicket fell with the score on 132. Will Heathcote took 4-31 and Richard James 3-45 to help Cliffe secure the points to move the side up to third in the table.
Craig Edwards took five wickets as leaders Haughton bowled out Witton-le-Wear for just 57. Openers Chris Coatsworth and Dan Carr had the victory secured inside ten overs.
In the B division, Lands’ march towards promotion continued with a ten wicket win against Richmond V.
Michael Crane took 4-21 and there were two wickets each for Lewis Leng, Ryan Matthews and Craig Talbot as Richmond were sent back for 92.
Leng then smashed an unbeaten 62 and Talbot was not out on 23 as the runs were knocked off in the 18th over.
Anth Coatsworth took 5-14 for Middleton-in-Teesdale, who dismissed opponents Cliffe II for 99.
Coatsworth then top scored with 34 as Middleton made hard work of the chase, eventually getting over the line with six wickets down.
Eryholme returned to winning ways by claiming the points against Oxbridge.
Colin Biglin rolled back the years with 81 and there was an unbeaten half century for Angus Potter in a total of 208-4.
Sam Potter and David Evans then took four wickets apiece to help restrict the opposition to 151.
In the C division, it was a good afternoon for the Gedyes as Aldbrough St John II posted 329-4 against Middleton Tyas.
John Gedye scored 124, while Andrew also hit a ton, eventually falling for 111.
Tyas’ top order all got starts, with Matt Hutchinson scoring 58 off 47 balls, but it was all in vain as the innings closed on 207-7.