Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Perfect Partnership of Bin Nasir and Hodgson Helps Marske Fight Back to Take the Victory

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Perfect Partnership of Bin Nasir and Hodgson Helps Marske Fight Back to Take the Victory

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Byline: Chris West Cricket correspondent sport@gazettemedia.co.uk

THE traditional Bank Holiday derby day programme in the NYSD ECB Premier League began in damp and miserable conditions, but it was raining runs at Marske where Guisborough were hoping to build on their first victory of the season gained just two days earlier.

And they had the league leaders on the back foot after being asked to bat first, Martin Hood (104 not out) notching up his first century since 2012, and sharing a second wicket partnership of 132 with Ash Armstrong (68 from 62 balls) which formed the backbone of an impressive 50-over total of 235-5. But Marske had already successfully chased down similar scores at Windy Hill Lane on two previous occasions this season, and they did so yet again as their two remarkable run machines churned out another massive match winning partnership.

Saeed Bin Nasir (130 not out) finished the game with a six, after earlier achieving the tremendous feat of notching up his third century in consecutive games, and his fourth of the summer.

His skipper, Lee Hodgson, fell 8 runs short of what would have been his own fourth ton, the pair having shared a second wicket stand of 205.

Amazingly Hodgson now has 602 league runs, and so does Bin Nasir, but more importantly, with second-placed Richmondshire enjoying the day off, the Seasiders increased their lead at the top to 39 points, albeit the Dalesmen now have two games in hand. Depleted Stokesley suffered another defeat. Already missing James Weighell on Durham duty, their other pro Doug Mulholland was sidelined by a back problem, and with three other players on the injured list Great Ayton were able to fully exploit their neighbours' weaknesses after removing the prolific Andrew Weighell for 63.

Set a target of 151, Ayton encountered few problems in knocking off the runs, home skipper Chris Batchelor anchoring the run chase with an unbeaten 77 as the Villagers ran out winners by six wickets. …

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