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Weighell posts career best 159 for Stokesley

The spectacular hitting of Weighell brought him a magnificent 159, his highest ever score, as he dismantled the Thornaby attack in front of his admiring home supporters, but 15-year-old Tom Preece shared the 236-run opening stand, a club record in the North Yorks and South Durham Premier Division, with his best-ever senior score of 63.

Both were out in successive overs with Weighell having hit 20 fours and 4 sixes from 132 balls and Preece reaching the boundary seven times from his 94 ball knock.

Thornaby couldn’t have expected to lose so heavily after rattling up an impressive 249 for four with their new professional, Bathiya Perera, displaying his power in making 89 from 110 balls with nine fours and four sixes. Stokesley were victors by eight wickets.

Just a few miles away, in his newly adopted village, Hendrie hit a maiden hundred as Great Ayton took on Barnard Castle.

But his outstanding individual performance was not matched by the usual astute team display and Ayton lost heavily to be toppled as the league pacesetters.

Hendrie, who suffered a jet-lagged golden duck on his Ayton debut just the week before, looked quite magnificent in his 125-ball century which included 58 in boundaries.

Fellow professional Chris Batchelor was out for the first time this season and gained himself an average just two short of 200.

But Barney’s new ‘pro’, world record-holder Aamer Sajjad, produced a match winning unbeaten knock of 89 from 96 balls, including 8 fours and 4 sixes, to swing the game away from Ayton’s grasp.

Sharing a fourth wicket unbeaten partnership of 110 runs with Ben Usher (42 not out), Sajjad showed he was a class act.

There were no more shock results but a number of other games featured more top quality batting including 93 from Steve Naylor, Sedgefield’s in-form professional, 80 from Guisborough’s Graham Murray and 82 from Hartlepool’s Neil Coverdale.

Naylor and his captain, Richard Hawthorne, scored 142 between them out of 187 against Marton as they held together a flimsy batting line-up. The next highest scorer from their nine team-mates made just seven!

Hawthorne suffered a painful afternoon in more ways than one – having to retire with a twisted knee on 90 for one before returning to be ninth out for 49.

The host club’s captain Lee Hodgson, with six wickets at a cost of just 31 runs from 11 overs, was the outstanding bowler of the day but he was out without scoring as fellow ‘pro’ Upul Indrasiri and Alex Wardell each hit undefeated half centuries to win the match by seven wickets with 15 overs to spare.

Coverdale and Murray were in opposition at Guisborough where the hosts took 16 points from a ‘winning’ draw after reaching 249 for six and restricting Pool to 179 for six in reply.

Murray’s top score of 80 included six fours and two sixes. Coverdale hit twice as many boundaries. Rival professionals, Ranil Dhammika (37 and 3-55) and Marc Symington (28 and 3-72) were equally impressive.

Champions Richmondshire won for the first time this season when they had a visit from newly promoted Redcar. Still finding it hard to deal with more talented opponents they struggled to 164 with Ollie Rodgers, who made 40, one of the few to impress.

The home side took no time at all to amass the winning runs for the loss of just two wickets as Gary Pratt (65 from 73 balls) and Mike Layfield (59 not out from 59 balls) hit 20 boundaries between them.

The Seasiders have now lost their three opening matches, and with just five points gained from them are already adrift at the foot of the table.

The other newcomers, Saltburn are enjoying much better results but they had to hold out for three overs with their last pair at the wicket to earn a draw against Middlesbrough.

Paul Allen (41 and 3-56) was their man-of-the-match while James Lowe (78 and 3-31) shared the star rating for Boro with Ryan Buckley (5-61).
Darlington regained the top spot when they defeated Normanby Hall by eight wickets in Sunday’s match, and once again it was their bowlers who put them in the ascendancy as the Hall were bowled out for 126.

Jonny Barnes picked up 4-40 in 17 overs, while skipper Peter Armstrong bagged 3-36, including the wicket of the new Hall ‘pro’ Sohaib Maqsood who had given a brief glimpse of his potential in his short stay at the crease.

Set just 127 to win the Quakers lost Lee Hutton to Maqsood’s first ball, but John Watson and Ben Wicling then restored order with a second wicket stand of 76 that virtually sealed the win.

Watson eventually fell for 42, but Wicling went on to the finish, hitting eight boundaries in his unbeaten 62 as Darlington won with more than ten overs to spare.


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