Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Beaumont Top Scores in the Sun as Stokesley Shine in Win; LOCAL CRICKET

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Beaumont Top Scores in the Sun as Stokesley Shine in Win; LOCAL CRICKET

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Byline: Andrew Wilkinson Sports writer

STOKESLEY were straight back on track as they moved into second place in the Darlington Building Society NYSD League with a fine win over Sedgefield.

Following their defeat to leaders Darlington, Stokesley hit back hard, winning by 148 runs.

Batting first Stokesley posted 244 for seven, skipper Andrew Weighell (44) and fellow opener James Beaumont (76), making the Sedgefield bowlers toil from the off in the hot sun.

James Weighell kept the runs flowing by making 65 as Stokesley raced past 200. The visitors were bowled out for 96, Dieter Klein doing much of the damage with four wickets for 35 runs.

While Darlington had to settle for a draw at Hartlepool, Quakers took most of the points in a game they dominated.

Darlington's 204 for seven included 74 for Liam Coates and an unbeaten 32 for all-rounder Doug Mulholland. Skipper Peter Armstrong then took four wickets as Hartlepool struggled to a draw on 135 for eight.

Champions Richmondshire, seeking a third successive title, are again looking good and won by five wickets at Guisborough. The Dalesmen are in third place in the table after a win which featured five wickets and 58 runs from 69 balls for professional Shani Dissanayake. Great Ayton are ticking along nicely in fifth place, after having much the better of a draw with Redcar.

Ayton made 202 for seven, opener Chris Batchelor leading the way with 78, while David Grainge made 39.

Joe Marsay then snapped up four wickets, but Redcar hung on for the draw with nine wickets down.

Barnard Castle are fourth, level on points with Ayton after a win over struggling Middlesbrough. The home side made 206 and Boro were bowled out for 116.

The top four sides have all won four times already this season in what looks set to be a good battle for the title.

Gary Lynch made an unbeaten 95 as Marske saw off Saltburn in a seaside derby. …

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