600+ runs at Jesmond
The shadows were long over the ground as Newcastle’s North East Premier League First XI match against South Shields went to an exciting finish. Spectators saw more than 600 runs – including a six which nearly rivalled the legendary hits over the roof of the Osborne Avenue houses.
Match report on the Firsts plus the Second XI below: here’s some of the Jesmond pictures.
Having opened the season with a win at Blaydon and a winning draw at Gateshead Fell, the 1st XI played their first game at Jesmond on Saturday 11 May. Despite taking early wickets, the bowling was out of sorts and South Shields amassed 310 for 8 off 61 overs, leaving Newcastle to chase victory in 53 overs.
Spectators were treated to a superb batting display from the home side, with Ben Raine following up his 4 for 54 scoring an impressive 75. Mike Richardson and Jacques Du Toit then took over. Du Toit scoring an explosive 49 and Richardson unfortunately being run out for a brilliant 99. His dismissal effectively ended the chance of a win with Newcastle being 304 for 6 at the close and settling for a winning draw.
More pictures on our Facebook album.
The second team sit top of the league at present despite not being able to win a toss. A rain affected game at South Shields was always going to prove difficult to win after being asked to bat but positive cricket throughout saw the 2nds declare at 194 for 9 with Stephen Pinnington top scoring with 48. Shields batted for a draw from the outset and ended at 127 for 8. Keith Brown added 2 more wickets to his impressive start to the season and Phil Hudson picked up another 2 wickets as they secured a winning draw.