Newton Aycliffe Cricket Club’s 1st team, sponsored by Franks the Flooring Store, were left with a frustrating away draw after failing to take the last Northallerton 1st team wicket in a terrific game in the NYSD 2nd division.

The home side may well have regretted their decision to ask Aycliffe to bat first as opening batsman Sam Telford smashed their bowling all round the ground, finishing with a season’s best 89 from 81 balls and his superb innings included 16 boundaries. When Telford was dismissed Adam Gittins (62 runs) and Adam Randall (59 runs) also batted brilliantly, the pair putting on 115 for the third wicket partnership which helped take Aycliffe to an impregnable total of 277 for 5 from their allotted 50 overs, their best score of the season.

In the homesides reply, Michael Howe bowled well taking 3 for 45 and Jack Slatcher and James Layfield-Carroll both chipped in with a couple of wickets each. However, it wasn’t quite enough as Northallerton batted out their allotted 50 overs, finishing on 161 for 9 and denying Aycliffe a richly deserved win.

The 2nd team had a thumping 137 run victory at home to Northallerton 2nd XI in the NYSD 4th division. After being asked to bat first, Aycliffe captain Joe Haines (30 runs) and 14 year old Owen Smith (22 runs) got their side off to a solid start and were well placed at 77 for 2. Dan Weldon, batting at number five, then took centre stage with a career best innings of 57 from 63 balls and he smashed ten boundaries as he helped Aycliffe to a match winning total of 206 for 9 from their allotted 40 overs.

In reply Northallerton were bundled out for just 69 after 24.3 overs thanks to career best senior bowling figures of 5 for 26 by leg spinner Thomas Dearden and he was supported well by Joe Teasdale, who also finished with career best figures of 4 for 10.

The u15’s finished their season in great style with a 91 run victory away at Barnard Castle. Electing to bat first, Aycliffe piled up the runs scoring 125 for 6 in their allotted 18 overs. Tom Dearden top scored with an eye catching 31 runs from 19 balls and openers Owen Smith and Matty Greaves also batted well scoring 26 and 20 runs respectively. In reply the home side were destroyed by some superb leg spin bowling from Thomas Dearden who took 6 for 8 from just 2.2 overs. Adam Shaw also bowled well chipping in with 2 for 7 and credit must go to wicket keeper Charlie Cayless who claimed four stumpings as Barnard Castle were skittled for just 33 from 8.2 overs.

Photo: Dan Weldon who scored an impressive career best score of 57 in the 2nd team’s victory at home to Northallerton.