Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hendrie Leads Way with the Bat as Ayton Stun the Champions

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hendrie Leads Way with the Bat as Ayton Stun the Champions

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Byline: LOCAL CRICKET By Andrew Wilkinson Sports writer

NICK Hendrie hit 94 and Steve Pennock snapped up five wickets as Great Ayton beat Darlington Building Society NYSD champions Richmondshire by nine wickets.

It was Ayton's third straight win, and while not enough to send them top - Darlington take over at the summit - it threw the league wide open.

Richmond lost only twice last season and have won the title for the last two years. And while they are currently without experienced professional Shani Dissanayake, the manner in which Ayton won suggests that Richmond have a battle on their hands to win the title for a third successive year.

Richmond were bowled out for 192, Pennock, taking five for 34 and teenager Joe Marsay three for 46. Rob Carr top scored for Richmond with 76.

When Ayton batted Hendrie hit seven sixes in his 117 ball innings. Chris Batchelor gave good support making 54 from 78 balls.

Darlington picked up a maximum 25 points after last season's runners-up batted first and beat Redcar in a low scoring game.

Darlington mustered only 148 for nine, despite Rajin Salah making 54 and Liam Coates 42. Mohammed Zahid took five wickets for Redcar and Callum Brown three.

But the Seasiders had no answer to the Darlington attack, especially Jon Barnes. The wily veteran snapped up six wickets. Skipper Peter Armstrong and Doug Mulholland shared the other four, as Redcar made only 72.

Darlington are on 66 points and Great Ayton 60.

Stokesley are on 56 after a good start to the campaign. On Saturday they beat Guisborough by 14 runs, gaining maxiumum points.

Opener Andrew Weighell was on fine form, making 72 in a score of 175 for nine.

Roshjan Silva snapped up four wickets and Stuart Mackay three, but Stokesley's tally proved enough as they dismissed Guisborough for 161, with Weighell completing a fine all round performance by taking four wickets.

Middlesbrough skipper James Lowe scored an unbeaten 91, but his side picked up only eight points in a draw with Saltburn, the Seasiders earning 13 in a high scoring game. …

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