Trophy and record score for Newc CC

The cricket season ended on a high for Newcastle Cricket Club with two outstanding wins in glorious sunshine on the last two days of the season.

The Firsts won the Smithson Cup on the final day, after reaching a record score to beat Benwell Hill on the day before.

The Smithson trophy was presented by Northumberland County batting legend Ken Pearson.

Newcastle won the toss against Ponteland and batted first. Opener Neil Corby was eventually out for 29, then Durham CCC’s Michael Richardson came in and nudged his way to 20 before accelerating rapidly to 45* (retired), finishing his innings with a massive 6 off Tom Seymour.

Skipper Niall Penfold cracked two sixes on his way to 27, and James Davidson came in and got a classy 42 (retired).

Ponteland’s Andy Denyer claimed three wickets in the penultimate over of the innings to help restrict Newcastle to 181.

Newcastle opened the bowling with Prateek Kar and Callum Harding. Ponteland batsman struggled to score before Harding had Chad Hitchcock caught behind by a wonderful Corby catch.

Wayne Ritzema and Dan Wright tried to accumulate but Ponteland continued to fall well behind the rate, with Ritzema eventually comprehensively bowled for 14 off 12 overs by a Richard Stanyon yorker.

Ed Common, Joe Reynolds and Martin Fearon all got amongst the wickets for NCC, and Ponteland eventually finished their 20 overs on 101-8.

Winning captain Niall Penfold said ‘It’s been a difficult season in the league but the lads have never let their heads drop. Today has been a pretty clinical display and I’m delighted to finish the season with a Trophy.’