Win keeps pressure on league leaders
Barnard Castle CC
A COMPREHENSIVE win at Stokesley on Saturday ensured Barney stayed second in the NYSD Premier Division. Captain James Quinn made 93, his highest score of the season, as Barney romped home by eight wickets with 30 overs left unused.
It followed a splendid bowling display which featured Josh Bousfield’s first five wicket haul of the summer. Bousfield’s form has improved by the week and he is leading the attack in exemplary fashion.
Barney decided to field under early cloud cover and Stokesley made a hectic start with Jonny Weighell striking three sixes off Rib Dixon. Bousfield plugged away at the other end, however, and Barney gradually exerted control.
Weighell fell to Bousfield soon after reaching a half century from 44 balls and Karl Carver came on to keep an end tight.
Although Andrew Weighell offered stubborn resistance the innings petered out and Barney had 55 overs to acquire 172 to win.
Quinn, opening in place of James Clarkson, who is still recovering from surgery on his left elbow, and the prolific Finn Usher started briskly. Their partnership reached 50 by the seventh over and it was a surprise when Usher was out shortly after.
The match was then effectively won in a second wicket stand of 110 from 102 balls between Quinn and Samarth Seth. Not always the most comfortable of partners they both went merrily along at a run a ball.
With the scores level, Quinn, having struck 15 fours and two sixes, holed out. Seth was left unbeaten as Carver hit the winning runs off his first ball.
Leaders Middlesbrough also took 20 points and retain their eight point lead over Barney but have played a game more. Richmondshire, in third, could only manage a draw and now trail Barney by 19 points.
J Weighell c Seth b Bousfield 53, B Peacock c Martin b Bousfield 0, A Mogakane b Bousfield 11, F Morris c Carver b West 2, A Weighell c Quinn b Watson 48, T Preece c&b Bousfield 10, R Foreman b Bousfield 2, H Harding lbw Watson 23, F Hussain lbw Carver 2, J Whaley not out 2, J Allinson run out 1, Extras 19 Total (44.5 overs) 171 all out
Bowling J Bousfield 12-2-36-3, R Dixon 3-0-37-0, R West 5-0-28-1, K Carver 14-3-30-1, F Usher 5-0-20-0, R Watson 5.5-2-9-2
F Usher c Mogakane b Morris 20, J Quinn c Whaley b Harding 93, S Seth not out 49, K Carver not out 4, Extras 9, Total (25.5 overs) 175 for 2
A Weighell 3-0-27-0, A Mogakane 10-0-57-0, F Morris 6-1-28-1, H Harding 3.5-0-30-1, F Hussain 3-0-32-0
Barney won by 8 wickets
Kerridge Cup, 2nd round
Normanby Hall v Barney
BARNEY, winners of the NYSD League’s most prestigious knockout competition three times in the past eight years, began their Kerridge Cup campaign last Thursday with an efficient victory against Normanby Hall.
Muhaymen Majeed gave Normanby, who were relegated to division one last season, a splendid start, producing some cracking drives.
Barney had to wait until the tenth over for their first wicket but thereafter inexorably chipped away at the innings.
The bowling unit kept a tight lid on the scoring rate and by the time Normanby were all out in the 38th over they must have feared they did not have enough runs.
So it proved as Finn Usher and James Quinn put in 97 for the first wicket. Although both were out, Quinn needlessly run out, Samarth Seth and Karl Carver finished matters without fuss.
Normanby Hall 162 all out (37.5 overs, M Majeed 52, R Rashid 33, K Carver 4-23, F Usher 2-24); Barney 163 for 2 (27 overs, J Quinn 48, F Usher 41, S Seth 26no, K Carver 21no, W Rehmann 1-22)
Barney won by 8 wickets
NYSD Division 2
Barney II v Darlington II
THE attractions of the popular music singer Ed Sheeran proving more enticing than an afternoon’s cricket for several players, Barney once again struggled to field a team on Saturday.
It meant that the veteran Stanwix brothers, David and Michael, able to resist the charms of Shape of You, once more had to forage in the loft for their forgotten cricket kit.
In the event, Barney did well to put up some reasonable opposition against a Darlington side chasing promotion.
Ian Swinburn, making a startling recovery from a cut above eye which needed stitches after a fielding accident the previous week, batted with confidence and composure.
Peter Stanwix provided some resolve in the middle order and Ross Hutchinson played a typical rumbustious cameo at the end with 14 from seven balls.
Darlington went about their work diligently on a characteristically excellent pitch and although the Stanwix boys combined for a wicket, they won with 10 overs in hand.
Barney 125 all out (35.3 overs, I Swinburn 41, P Stanwix 23, R Hutchinson 14, J Riley 4-35); Darlington 126 for 2 (40.1 overs, A Metcalfe 61no, J Bendle 25, D Stanwix 1-36)
Darlington won by 8 wickets
NYSD Division 2
Barney II v Rockliffe Park
BARNEY’S strong batting line-up collapsed before the division leaders. Only James Alderson, playing his first match of the season, and Cameron McKnight provided much resistance as Ian Potts made early inroads and continued to be a handful.
Matt Wheeler’s innings lasted took only 37 balls as Rockliffe raced to their sixth victory of the season. Barney had won the match between the sides in April.
Barney 82 all out (27.5 overs, J Alderson 19, C McKnight 16, I Potts, 7-35); Rockliffe Park 85-1 (11.5 overs, M Wheeler 64, M Bailey 1-7).
Rockliffe won by 9 wickets
Robinson Cup semi-final
Richmondshire II v Barney II
A POWERFUL Richmond side ended Barney’s last hope of silverware this season. Although Adam Bainbridge played with typical gusto in a match reduced to 15 overs the last seven wickets added only 34 runs. Richmondshire did not have it all their own way but measured their pursuit well.
Barney 98 all out (11 overs, A Bainbridge 29, M Fleming 17 A Percival 4-17); Richmondshire 99-4 (14.4 overs, S Winter 33, J Percival 17no, P Stanwix 2-11, O Usher 2-28)
Richmond won by 6 wickets
NYSD Sunday League
Barney III v Stockton III
JOE Toulson’s fourth hundred of the summer took Barney to first place in the Sunday North division.
Barney did well in restricting Stockton with a splendid all-round bowling display led by the returning veteran Gary Waller. Toulson, who is thriving on the captaincy, dominated the innings. He hit 14 fours and two sixes and faced 138 balls as Barney won with only two balls left.
Stockton 189-7 (40 overs, S Davison 45, H Savill 35, G Waller 2-22, J Lucas 22-27, D Watson 2-45); Barney 190-4 (39.4 overs, J Toulson 116no, M Bailey 26, D Watson 17, J Sutherland 2-38)
Barney won by 2 wickets
District Cricket League
THE top two sides in the A division both won with the minimum of fuss.
Centuries from Craig Edwards and Danny McGuire helped leaders Haughton to 239-1 in their 40 overs against Cliffe, with Ben Howe taking the sole wicket.
Wickets were similarly hard for the Haughton bowlers to come by, but Cliffe were never up with the run rate and closed on 177-2, with Tom Park-Bradley unbeaten on 58.
Opener John Gedye batted through for 53no as Aldbrough St John posted 178 against Raby Castle, who were little troubled in knocking the runs off for the loss of just two wickets. There were unbeaten half centuries for Josh Wade and James Forster.
Lands took the 20 points for a win after East Cowton, who are really struggling for numbers at the moment, conceded the game just two days after handing Haughton a place in the A division cup final, where they will meet Middleton St George.
MSG had few alarms in defeating Barningham by eight wickets.
In fact, the 42 extras masked yet another poor performance with the bat by Barningham, who were all out for 127 in just 26 of their 40 overs. Jamie Irving’s 4-25 was the highlight for MSG before John Woolnough hit 50 not out in the reply.
Eryholme continued on their winning ways, reaching Cockerton’s 144 with six wickets to spare.
Two veterans of the district league put in good performances – Colin Biglin scored 89no for Eryholme in the successful reply, while the ever-reliable Gary Warr picked up 3-11 in his six over spell.
Another player with plenty of experience helped Middleton-in-Teesdale to a seven wicket win against Witton-le-Wear in the B division.
Anth Coatsworth took 5-13 as the Weardale side were shot out for 113 and followed up with 57 not out, aided in a 77 run stand for the second wicket with 33 from James White.
Raby Castle’s second team were bowled out for a competitive 149, but Catterick Village’s top order made the most of their visit to Staindrop and one of the best batting tracks in the region as the visitors ran out eight wicket winners.
Other B division results: Spennymoor 127, Middleton Tyas 130-3; Haughton II 215-6, Oxbridge 121; Aldbrough St John II 140, Richmondshire V 143-0. Cliffe II conceded to Barton.
In the C division, George McAdam scored 100 for Barton II, who posted 202-5 against King James.
The loss of early wickets hampered the King James reply and the innings closed on 169.
Cockerton II (211-4) enjoyed a comfortable win against Northallerton III (134-4).
l The C division cup final takes place on Thursday when Middleton St George II take on Barton II at Barton's ground.
Durham and North East League Division 2
Boldon CA 157-3
EVENWOOD’S up and down season continued with a defeat on the road.
Having been asked to bat first, Evenwood lost the in-form Luke Bannister in the second over without a run on the board.
Thomas Teasdale and professional Sawan Kankanange consolidated with a stand of 48 before the Sri Lankan batsman was bowled for 24.
Owen Peddelty fell cheaply but Teasdale found a willing partner in Regan Goundry and the pair added 45 before Goundry fell.
When Teasdale was sixth out for 49 with the score on 128, Evenwood’s hopes of a big score went with him and the side still had the best part of ten overs when the final wicket fell at 156.
Boldon’s top order were little troubled in their replay, which was built around Rob O’Brien’s 60 and despite the loss of three wickets in the 140s, the result was never really in doubt.
Evenwood will hope to return to winning ways on Saturday when they welcome strugglers Langley Park and Bearpark CC to the Randolph Social Welfare ground.