10th Jun 2018


SACRISTON 149-6 - Reece Carr 67*, Nathan Hall 27, James Thompson 20: Richard Stanyon 3-11, Lee Crozier 1-16, Jonny Wightman 1-36, Liam Trevaskis 1-46.

SNCC 153-3 - Alex Weetman 74*, Liam Trevaskis 31, Simon Birtwisle 18, Michael Craigs 18*: J Thompson 1-23, Jonny Bushnell 1-31, Nathan Hall 1-31.


Asked to bat by skipper for the night Simon Birtwisle, at what is now a lovely venue with a shortish leg side boundary, Sacriston survived a chance off the 5th ball of Birty's first over to post a positive opening stand of 27 before Daniel Anderson (16) was well held by Andrew Doig at mid on driving Wightman.  Carr joined Thompson & the pair put on 30 before Thompson (20) was caught by Michael Craigs on the deep mid wicket boundary lofting Liam Trevaskis, 57-2 in the 8th over.


Carr & Nathan Hall continued the swift scoring until the match changing spell of Richard Stanyon from the Pavilion end beginning in the 14th over. 4-0-11-3 of straight, quick bowling with very little to hit. At 119 in the 14th, Hall (27) was very well caught by Michael Craigs, again at deep mid wicket, inches from the rope, Crozier bowled Bushnell (0) in the next over & Stanyon then accounted for Jones (5), bowled & Hubber (3), caught at short extra by Birty, in the last over. A total of 149 -6, based around Carr's outstanding 67* (3x4,4x6, 56 balls), which might have been higher, only 29 from the last 7 overs.


Birtwisle & Weetman faced Hubber & N Hall. 10 from the first over set the tone. The pair had put on 29 before Birty was lbw to Hall for 18, sweeping. Liam Trevaskis joined Alex Weetman, good running & positive stroke play saw Alex accelerate to 50 from 41 balls with strong drives & deft late dabs. The partnership was worth 79 when at 108 Liam skied Bushnell & w/k Brown took the catch. 108-2 in the 15th.


Andrew Doig was lbw for 1, but Michael Craigs drove his 3rd ball for 6, 127-3 at the end of the 17th. Thompson's last over of spin went for 6, so 133-3 with two overs to go. The pace of Bushnell offered scoring opportunities, a Craigs ramped 6 was followed by another straight driven by Weetman from ball 4, a single & a 4 leg byes completed 20 from the over & a 7 wicket victory with 6 balls remaining. Alex Weetman an outstanding 74* (67 mins 60 balls, 8x4, 2x6).


A T20 1/4 final away at Sunderland is scheduled for Friday 22nd June 1800 start.


Duncan D Stephen.

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