Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Local Cricket: Results and Scorecards; Stokesley Close the Gap on Great Ayton

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Local Cricket: Results and Scorecards; Stokesley Close the Gap on Great Ayton

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Byline: STEVE CLARKE

THE battle at the top of the Darlington Building Society NYSD ECB Premier League intensified, with second placed Stokesley pulling off an excellent win at leaders Great Ayton on "derby day" to reduce the hosts' lead at the top to just five points.

On winning the toss, Stokesley decided to field first and Ayton made just 94 all out. After Sam Stephens had removed Chris Batchelor for 19 and Phillip Holdsworth for 24, Chis Allinson dug in for 26, but Aubrey Swanepoel took 4-21 and Richard Chandler 3-9, to wrap up the innings after just 37.1 overs.

Stokesley then batted and Pitigala Jeewantha (2-28), and Stephen Pennock (2-17), took early wickets, but Sam Wilson with 35 not out, sealed the win for the visitors, despite three late wickets from Walid Ghauri (3-7).

Reigning champions Barnard Castle are into third position, after they beat their local rivals and inform Richmondshire, in another low scoring match at Hugill Road.

The home side asked Barney to bat first and they made 139 all out, with James Quinn top scoring and skipper James Finch made 33, but Craig Marshall bowled beautifully to take 5-33 after Sam Wood had taken two crucial early wickets of Karl Turner and Josh Bousfield.

But then Josh Bousfield went to work with the ball and returned 5-41, ably assisted by James Finch 2-26 and Karl Turner 3-17, to reduce the hosts to 104 all out, for the visitors to win by 35 runs and a crucial 25 points.

Middlesbrough drop to fourth, after they went down at home to Marton by a crushing seven wickets. Boro were asked to bat first and scored 225-8, with skipper James Lowe scoring exactly 100 off 120 balls, including 12 fours and 2 sixes. James Beaumont added 41, with skipper Alex Wardell claiming 3-37 late on.

Marton's opener Jonathan Spillane, scored his second century of the season (109), off 147 balls, including 14 fours and professional Aamer Sajjad, helped himself to 88 not out, off 71 balls, including 10 fours and a six, to guide their team home with 3. …

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