Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Klein Snaps Up Six as Stokesley Keep Up Pressure at the Top; CRICKET

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Klein Snaps Up Six as Stokesley Keep Up Pressure at the Top; CRICKET

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Byline: Andrew Wilkinson Sports writer

STOKESLEY moved into third place in the Darlington Building Soceity NYSD League by winning at Barnard Castle to ease above their hosts.

And as second-placed Richmondshire inflicted a first defeat of the season on leaders Darlington, Stokesley are now just 26 points off the top in a tight battle for the title.

Dieter Klein took six for 50 and James Weighell four for 43, the duo bowling throughout the 29 overs to dismiss Barnard Castle for 100.

Stokesley skipper Andrew Weighell made 43 in 53 balls as his side romped home with seven wickets to spare for a seventh win of the season which leaves them 10 points above Barnard castle, who are fourth.

Darlington had a bad start at Richmond and never fully recovered. Both Quakers openers were gone before troubling the scorers, and although in-form batsman Liam Coates made a half century, the leaders had to settle for 163 for nine.

Lewis Stabler and Shani Dissanayake each took three wickets for the Dalesmen, who were determined to take their chance to put pressure on a side they have overhauled to win the title in each of the last two seasons.

Mike Layfield scored 44 from 57 balls, and Dissanayake made an unbeaten half century as Richmond won by six wickets to cut Darlington's lead to 18 points.

Great Ayton are fifth, the Macmillan Cup winners having the better of a draw with Guisborough.

Ayton opener Chris Batchelor made an unbeaten 144 off 146 balls. He struck 19 fours and two sixes to help Ayton to 310 for five.

Nick Hendrie, Sam Harper, Andrew Liddle and David Grainge all made over 30 in the huge score which Guisborough had no hope of overhauling.

But they batted well to get to 233 for seven, Phil Holdsworth top scoring with 74 which included seven fours and three sixes. Martin Hood hit eight fours in his 58. Michael Croft took four wickets and Lewis Harper three.

Redcar failed by one wicket to beat Marton, who were hanging on at 109 for nine, after Dale Metcalfe took four wickets and Muhammed Zahid three. …

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