15th May 2024

 Three games in three days is demanding for players, families, staff & spectators alike, so for the 1st X1 to win all three last weekend was a satisfying achievement for everyone.

Friday at Ashington in the NEPL T20, Saturday at home to Castle Eden & on Sunday, also at home, in the ECB National Cub Championship round 1 against Barnsley Woolley Miners.

Friday 10th May NEPL T20 Group F Match 1/3: SNCC v Ashington (a)

SNCC 201-4 (20o) Sol Bell 58, Rob Peyton 31, Sean Tindale 57*, Tom Rogers 28, Adam Cragg 14*: Jeremiah Louis 2-25, Cam Nicholls 0-45, Ben Harmison 0-25, Matthew Collins 2-31, Alex Storey 0-42, James Harmison 0-25.

Ashington 119-7 (20o) Jack Jessop 14, Ben Harmison 25, Jeremiah Louis 16, Cam Nicholls 17*: Tom Rogers 1-8, Sean Tindale 1-18, Will Alexander 1-15, Oli McGee 1-18, Lee Crozier 1-28, Simon Birtwisle 1-20, Nathan Gough 1-9.

SNCC won by 82 runs - 6 points, Ashington 0.

Ashington chose to field, the evening was warm, the pitch dry, Chris Hewison & Sol Bell faced the seam of Louis & the off spin of Nicholls. Chris (0) drove a low return catch to Louis from the 5th ball of his & the  first over, but after that the visitors were dominant.

Sol & Rob Peyton driving straight & punishing the short ball severely, did not let Nicholls settle. Rob using his feet nicely & Sol looking in imperious form on both sides of the wicket, the pair ran well. Three boundaries to Sol in over 5 off Ben Harmison such that after 9.4 overs the score was 72 when Rob (31, 36b,2x4,1x6) attacking, was bowled by Collins.

Despite bowling changes that saw Alex Storey & James Harmison introduced, both Sol & Sean continued to punish anything short or overpitched Sean striking 3x4 off consecutive deliveries in over 13. The score rose impressively to 140 in the 17th when Sol (58,36b, 5x4, 3x6) was bowled by Louis.

Sean continued to score freely & Tom Rogers smacked (28, 11b, 4x6) until he was caught at deep mid wicket after two balls of the last over. Adam Cragg then struck 6,2,6 to get the total over 200, Sean finishing with a splendid 57* (31b,6x4, 3x6). 

Ashington's response saw Jack Jessop & Sean McCafferty face the seam of Rogers (Pavilion) & Tindale (Scoreboard).  McCafferty (2) lost his off stump to Rogers at 3 in the first over. In the 4th McCarthy (8) skied & was comfortably c & b by Sean, 18-2.

Will Alexander & Oli McGee took up the attack & in over 8 Oli trapped Jessop (14) lbw working to leg, 33-3. Ben Harmison & Louis took 27 off two overs from the spinners but  at 74 in the 11th Louis (16) drove Lee to long off where Tom took the catch, 67-4. 74-5 in Will's third over as James Harmison (4) lost his off stump.

Nathan Gough's first over, the 15th, yielded a smart c & b as Nichol drove firmly back, Nathan taking the catch neck height on follow through,91-6. This became 95 -7 in the 16th as Ben Harmison (25) drove Birty to Adam at short mid wicket.

Cam Nicholls (17*)  & Ian Sharkey (7*) saw the home side finish their 20 overs at 119-7. A comprehensive win for the Bulls by 82 runs.

 The next NEPL Group F T20 is Lanchester (h) Fri 17th May 1800.



SNCC 213-7 (45o) Sean Tindale 86*, Rob Peyton 82 Adam Cragg 17; Bilawal Iqbal 5-41, Keith Bailey 1-20, Ash Grant 0-23, Connor Crute 0-25, Alan Unsworth 0-40, Muhaymen Majeed 0-29, Nick Sampson-Barnes 1-32.

Castle Eden 95ao (30.5o) Ben Simpson 13, Muhaymen Majeed 11, Nick Sampson-Barnes 14, Bilawal Iqbal 44: Tom Rogers 2-12, Jonny Wightman 3-27, Sean Tindale 1-7, Lee Crozier 1-23, Oli McGee 3-26.

SNCC won by 118 runs - 24 points, Castle Eden 3.

The  Bulls chose to bat & at 5-3 after 7 balls & then 26-5 in the 7th, one might have questioned the decision. But the home team were undone by some excellent seam bowling from Bilawal Iqbal who took 4 of the 5, hitting the stumps on three occasions, Keith Bailey the other.

Birty struck the first ball for 4 before being adjudged lbw to the second. Last ball, his first, Sol (0) was bowled & first ball of Bailey's over Chris (0) was bowled, 5-3 after 7 balls!!

Adam (17) struck two nice boundaries & a 6 to square leg but when Iqbal went around the wicket in the 5th chose to leave one  which hit his off stump. Tom Rogers, pushing forward, suffered the same off stump fate in over 7, 26-5,  the Bulls in a large hole.

But there followed a quite magnificent, mature partnership of 165 for the 6th wicket between Sean Tindale & Rob Peyton which ensured a competitive total. 95-5 at drinks after 25 overs, Rob reached 50 in the 31st taking two boundaries off Unsworth. Sean's  followed in the 36th at 156-5. The pair ran well & drove down the ground in eye catching fashion.

Sean (86*, 123b, 6x4, 1x6)  composed throughout & Rob, eschewing his tendency to lose his wicket once past 50 & carrying a little fortune, was on the way to a deserved hundred until a ramp attempt failed when he was 82 (111b, 12x4) bowled behind his legs in the 42nd over.

David Edwards (1) became Iqbal's 5th victim succumbing to a leg stump yorker & it was left to Oli (9*) to accompany Sean to the innings close.

The beginning of the Castle Eden innings fared no better. After an opening Rogers maiden, Jonny Wightman trapped Oliver Sampson-Barnes (0) lbw with his second delivery, 0-1. A finger injury to captain Adam Cragg needed attention but, in the 6th, Simpson (13) edged Wightman to w/k Rob Peyton, & one run later Bailey (0) lost his off stump to Tom Rogers, 20-3.

Three maidens ensued, the third, Sean Tindale's first, then in Lee Crozier's second, the 14th Majeed (11) was unhappy to be adjudged lbw & in the next over, Whimpenny (1) cut hard to gully where Hewi held a difficult low chance in two hands with certainty, 29-5.

Iqbal & Nick Sampson-Barnes (14) fashioned a partnership of 35 until the  latter was comprehensively yorked by Tom Rogers, 72-6. 80-6 at drinks after 25 overs.

Iqbal was prepared to attack the spinners, but Brown (6) lost his off stump to Wightman in the 28th . In the next Iqbal (44, 44b, 4x4, 1x6) drove Oli high to the Grove end where Sean Tindale made good ground from long off to dive & take the catch in front of the sightscreen, a magnificent effort, 92-8.

In over 31 Oli picked up two wickets in two balls as first Unsworth (1) was lbw & Grant (0) stumped first ball, 95 all out in the 31st over. A comprehensive win in the end but set up by the superb 165, 6th wicket partnership of Sean & Rob. The Bulls now joint leaders with Burnmoor on 53 points. 

       NEPL: Sat 18th May: SNCC v Chester-le- Street (a) 45/45 from 1200. 



                        SNCC v Barnsley Woolley Miners (h) 40/40

Barnsley Woolley Miners 193-5 (40o) Sheryaar Ali 25, Jacob Cumming 40, Ciaran Stenton 51, Boeta Beukes 36, Will Nicholson 17: Tom Rogers 1-47, Jonny Wightman 1-48, Oli McGee 0-24, Sean Tindale 1-34, Simon Birtwisle 1-9, Lee Crozier 1-28.

SNCC 197-4 (34o) Sol Bell 72*, Chris Hewison 46, Adam Cragg 14, Tom Rogers 42*: Adam Copley 1-30, George Richardson 1-43, Jacob Cumming 0-19, Lucas Slatter 0-8, Ali Jahangir 0-50, Boeta Beukes 2-30, Will Nicholson 0-8.

SNCC won by 6 wickets.... Round 2 SNCC v Norton (h) Sun 26th May.

On a warm day the visitors chose to bat on a straw-coloured wicket. The left handed Cumming & right handed Sheryaar Ali faced the right arm seam of Rogers & Wightman. Oli McGee & Sean Tindale entered in overs 7 & 9. A good start saw 50- 0 after 10 with both batters playing positively.

The introduction of Birty's slow left arm made the breakthrough as Ali (25, 36b, 4x4) miscued a slog sweep high to backward point where Jonny made good ground to take the catch, 63-1. Cumming had been looking to attack but in the 22nd, two overs after drinks, he drove hard back to Lee Crozier who held a very firm shot in both hands ! 78-2.

Stenton & Beukes found scoring more difficult against the slow bowling of Crozier & McGee, only 3x4 & 2x6  showed the score at 128-2 after 30 overs.

The return of seam saw more shots but in the 33rd Beukes (36, 38b, 5x4) was lbw to Tindale, 155-3. This became 162-4 one over later as Stenton (51, 63b, 5x4) was bowled by Wightman. 30 more added in the last 5 overs for the loss of Nicholson (13) bowled by Rogers in the last over. Jahangir (16*) Chapman (2*) at the close so 193-5 after 40 overs, was less than had seemed likely.

The Bulls lost Birty (4) in the second over edging Richardson to first slip. But Sol & Hewi combined well although it seemed that the slower bowlers were more difficult to get away & the bounce on occasion was variable. Hewi was batting well but at 88 in the 15th a delivery from the off spin of Beukes kept low & he was bowled for a very good 46, (50b,7x4,1x6).

The spin of Jahangir & Beukes had slowed the rate & 4 overs later Sean (2) pushing forward to Beukes, was bowled, 104-3. Sol continued serenely, 8x4 to that point, joined by Adam & at 21 over drinks, the score was 114-3.

The opening bowlers returned & it was Copley who enticed Adam (14) to pick up sweetly only to find deep square leg & be caught, 126-4. Tom Rogers entered & batted with intent. 147 after 30 overs became 166 after 32 & with a flourish he finished the game by taking 21 off the 34th bowled by Jahangir.

Tom 42*( 32b, 4x4, 2x6) but Sol, the bedrock, a lovely innings of 72* (73b, 12x4). A controlled performance all round, athleticism in the field, good catching & solid batting. 

The Bulls entertain Norton (h) on Sunday 26th May in Round 2 from 1300. We hope you can be there to cheer the boys on.



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