Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: ECB NORTH EAST PREMIER LEAGUE

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: ECB NORTH EAST PREMIER LEAGUE

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Byline: CHRIS WEST

NORMAL service was resumed in the Northern Rock NEPL on Saturday as champions and leaders South Northumberland recovered from their shock Bank Holiday defeat in emphatic fashion.

Chris Hewison (120 not out), Nicky Peng (70) and Jimmy Miller (60) were in impressive form as South North racked up a score of 295-4 at Jesmond. The only question then was whether Newcastle could salvage pride from a lost cause but with Stephen Humble (4-19) and skipper John Graham (4-15) on song there was little chance of that as the hosts were undone for just 93.

Sean Adair (42) and Lewis Bruce (33) fought valiantly for Newcastle, but they received precious little support with no other player reaching double figures. The massive 202-run defeat made it seven losses from seven games and left them anchored to the foot of the table.

In the match between the two other clubs battling to keep away from the relegation trapdoor Gateshead Fell, after starting the season with five straight defeats, recorded their second successive victory to give themselves some breathing space. That their win came against fellow strugglers Benwell Hill was doubly important.

Only James Welch (40) and Phil Nicholson (23 not out) stood between the Hill and complete disaster as Martin Bekker swept their colleagues away with a spell of 6-36. The target of 111 was looking better in reality than on paper when Rob Frylinck (4-40) got to work, but it just needed one innings of substance and that came from Bekker again, his unbeaten 49 securing a vital fourwicket success for the Fell.

It was billed as the match of the day and so it turned out as South Shields, still on a high after their win over South North, took on a quicklyimproving Sunderland side. Danny Shurben was in form at the top of the Shields order, his half century getting the home team away to a positive start, but with the opening bowlers struggling to make a decisive break it was first change man Stewart Walker who altered the course of the innings as he whittled his way through the Shields line-up. …

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