rainbow shines as shields fell rivals

Shields captain and wicketkeeper Chris Rainbow  in action against Felling
Shields captain and wicketkeeper Chris Rainbow in action against Felling

There was a second NEPL win of the season for South Shields as they beat Felling, and the weather, at the weekend.

The Wood Terrace side won a tight game by two wickets, chasing down 125 for victory.

Nabeel Aziz in action against Felling

Nabeel Aziz in action against Felling

Felling were 54-9 until No 11 batsman Simon Wood came in and belted 46 runs off 47 balls, including seven fours and a six.

Matthew Muchall, with 4-37, and Salman Ahmed, with 3-23, did the damage with the ball to restrict the visitors despite the superb last-wicket stand.

In reply, South Shields lost wickets at regular intervals, but the difference was that five of their batsman got into double figures, to ease home to victory, with skipper Chris Rainbow top scoring on 22.

Mark Turner made a valiant effort with the ball, returning 3-22.

It wasn’t such good news for Whitburn, however, in their bottom four clash at Stockton.

The visitors batted first and made 172-5, with Ross Carty making 38 while James Thompson and Andrew Turns both made 37.

When Stockton batted, they wobbled a bit early on at 14-2, but Matthew Gill with 39 and skipper Kevin Ward with 92 not out, supported by Joe Hewison with 30 not out, eased Stockton home, losing just the three wickets.

In the First Division, Gateshead Fell lost at Boldon by eight wickets.

Fell batted first and made just 124 all out, with Thomas Pinkney scoring 26. Richard Smith made 19 and Malik Javed 18.

On the bowling front, Paul Leonard took a brilliant 5-41 and Jack Sargon returned 4-24.

Boldon, now third in the league, soon got into their stride and opener Nicholas Sampson-Barnes made 30, with Umar Waheed hitting 49 not out, to win the game comfortably.

In the Durham Cricket League Division One, Whiteleas and Harton remain unbeaten after playing out a draw against Horden.

The home side, without captain Owen Peterson, batted first and made 175-9, with Ryan Dowens hitting 33 and Abdul Ameer scoring 63. Scott Birks returned figures of 3-53.

In reply, Horden made 158-6, with Lee Jackson (34), Adam Dixon (58) and Jamie Greenwood all batting well, with Dowens returning 4-33.

Whiteleas remain second in the table, tucked in behind leaders Seaham Park who remain top after their game was abandoned, with Esh Winning on 165-6, with Chris Simpson 33 and Daniel Wilkinson 29. David Shaw and Andrew McKensie each took two wickets, before the rain came.

In Division Two, Boldon CA remain bottom after they drew their match against Langley Park.

Langley posted 186-9, with Jonna Lane smashing 81 and Michael Gladstone making 36 in their innings. Thomas Jubb took 4-27 and there were two wickets each for Stuart Smith and Shaun Gleeson.

When Boldon CA batted, they made 134-5, with David Johnston scoring 35 and Andrew O’Connell was 29 not out.