Newton Aycliffe Cricket Club’s 1st team team sponsored by Lift Right Fork Lift Training had a comfortable 9 wicket victory at home to Blackhall 2nd XI in the NYSD 3rd division. Electing to bat first Blackhall were skittled for just 61 thanks to some superb fast bowling from Aycliffe’s Sean Morgan (4 for 18) and Michael Howe (3 for 7) as the visitors were dismissed after 28.5 overs.
In reply, Aycliffe hurried to an impressive win after just 8.3 overs thanks to some hefty hitting from both Chris Palmer (27 not out) and Sam Telford (22 not out). With just two games remaining, Newton Aycliffe now sit second in the table with 334 points, but with a game in hand over leaders Bedale who are just 6 points ahead.
The club’s 2nd team were well beaten at home to promotion chasing Blackhall 3rd XI in the NYSD Sunday 2nd divison by 119 runs. The visitors batted first and with a side packed with players with Premier league experience, proceeded to score an impregnable 229 for 6 declared after 38 overs. In reply Aycliffe were bowled out for 110 after 35.4 overs, with Matt Capper’s gritty unbeaten 37, the only resistance to a very good Blackhall bowling attack.