Newton Aycliffe Cricket Club’s 1st team, sponsored by Franks the Flooring Store, got their new season off to a disappointing start with a heavy 152 run defeat away at strongly fancied Stockton 1st XI in the NYSD 2nd division. Aycliffe won the toss and decided to bowl first and were blown away by an incredible innings of 169 from only 101 balls faced from Stockton’s ace batsman Matthew Gill. The homeside eventually finished with an impregnable 265 for 7 from their 50 overs with Luke Telford, Michael Howe and Jack Slatcher each taking a couple of wickets for Aycliffe.

In reply, Aycliffe struggled throughout their innings to get any real momentum and were duly dismissed for just 113 from 34.3 overs. The only high points of the Aycliffe innings were good performances from Adam Randall (30 off 48 balls), Michael Howe, sponsored by Yvonne and Bob Wood (23 from 18 balls) and Joe Haines (17 from 40 balls).

On Easter Saturday Aycliffe’s first team play their first home game of the season at home to Marton 2nds with a 12.30pm start and this match is sponsored by J&C Coaches.