Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cricket: TURNAROUND AT STOCKTON; All-Rounder Is Key to Victory

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cricket: TURNAROUND AT STOCKTON; All-Rounder Is Key to Victory

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Byline: By ANDREW WILKINSON

STOCKTON are off the mark for the season, Karl Turner playing a key role in their first win.

Last season they finished bottom of the Northern Rock ECB North-East Premier League, but hope for much better this time around.

And all-rounder Turner could make a big difference if he reproduces the form he showed in Saturday's win over Blaydon.

He took 5-34 as the visitors were bowled out for 141, then hit 46 as Stockton won with four wickets to spare, a victory that was not entirely convincing, but very welcome.

In the same division Norton were well beaten at South Northumberland, Marc Symington's 46 standing out in a dismal 92 all out, which enabled the home side to romp home by eight wickets.

In The Darlington Building Society NYSD League it was a bitter sweet day for the other Symington - Craig. Billingham Synthonia's new signing scored 73 against last season's champions Middlesbrough, but finished on the losing side.

Despite his efforts Synners made only 118, and Boro won by eight wickets. James Beaumont snapped up four wickets, then when Boro batted Paul Johnston led the way with an unbeaten 59.

Normanby Hall slipped from top spot to second, but will be pleased with their draw at Great Ayton, which they managed with one wicket to spare.

Anthony Doyle's unbeaten half-century helped Ayton to 159-8, with the pick of the Normanby bowlers being the reliable Keith Martin, who added four more wickets to his season's tally.

Chris Trillo scored 46 to keep Normanby's victory hopes alive, but Chris Batchelor made sure that they were hanging on at the end, by snapping up six wickets.

Northallerton skipper Liam Botham made a timely return to action, hitting a half century in a draw with Guisborough.

Richmondshire are the new leaders, after beating Marske on the last ball of the match, though the Seasiders got off to a good start with Rob Nicol opening the batting and making 66.

Steve Chapman, on his return to the side, contributed 33 to an opening partnership of 71, but Marske couldn't push on as much as they would have liked, though set a target of 177. …

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