Holders crash out
Holders Chester-le-Street were dumped out by local rivals South Northumberland who avenged defeats in the previous two years to progress into Round Three.
Twelve Second Round ties were scheduled to be replayed but once again there were problems with the weather. All four matches in Group 1 had been carried over from the previous week including the big match between South Northumberland and Chester-le-Street, two of the powerhouses of the North East Premier League who have both won this competition in recent years.
This time teams at some venues were able to get results from shortened matches and others were not so lucky.
In the match at South Northumberland the home club, winners in 2007, defeated Chester-le-Street, winners in 2009 by seven wickets. South North had lost to Chester-le-Street in both the 2008 and 2009 competitions so this was particularly sweet revenge.
Chester-le-Street won the toss and surprisingly decided to bat first in a match reduced to 35 overs by a rain delayed start. They were quickly in disarray at 30 for six before recovering somewhat to 94 all out in 29 overs. Wightman with 4-21, Crozier 3-22 and Humble 2-14 were the main destroyers and no batsman got more than 20.
In reply South North breezed to 87 for no wicket before Bell, with 3-11, provided Chester-le-Street with some late joy. Ford, with 43, and Heather, with 29, top scored for South North who finished on 95 for three in 22 overs.
Great Ayton hosted South Shields in a match reduced to 20 overs-a-side. The home team batted first and scored a mammoth 182 for three. South Shields made every effort to overhaul this daunting target but lost too many wickets and ended on 153 for eight, losing by 29 runs.
Gateshead Fell visited Benwell Hill and on account of the likelihood of further rain, it was agreed to play a twenty-over match.
The Fell set a challenging target of 142 due to the efforts of Jonny Foster (35) and Richie Smith (50*), with a final flourish from Barry Stewart and Michael Orridge - 96 were scored from the last ten overs. Joe Kilpatrick's outstanding diving catch at deep midwicket from Foster's skier was the fielding highlight.
For Benwell Hill Mark Dale (25) and Nick Jones (18) made a rapid reply, adding 55 in eight overs, helped massively by 12 extras. Two balls after his dismissal, Dale, as substitute fielder for the injured Mark Lockey, caught his opening partner. Four balls later Nicholson suffered the same fate.
Rutherford (31) and Maiden (28) kept up the momentum until Foster's brilliant catch ended Maiden’s innings. Then Graeme Race (15*) was calmness personified as he guided Benwell Hill home when 30 were needed off the last three overs.
An exciting and very even game of cricket significant for the spirit in which it was played exemplified by Dale fielding as a substitute for the opposition and making such a telling contribution to the valiant, but failed, Great Ayton effort.
West Indian Cavaliers travelled to Dunnington and were invited to bat by their hosts. After an early success as opener Aqib Afzaal was out for one, the Cavaliers main order all contributed runs at a brisk rate. The next seven batsmen all scored at least 32 runs with Michael Millwood (50) and Steve Atkinson (57*) leading the way. The West Indian innings closing on 300 for nine - a daunting target.
The home side opened their innings with Harwood Williams and Collis King both hoping to make inroads into this target. Williams fell quickly and home hopes had a further significant set-back when King departed for 25.
At 62 for three the innings needed some remedial work and after 25 overs Dunnington had struggled to 116 for four needing another 185 from the last 20 overs. However, at this stage the weather gods had their say and rain ended any chance of any further play so the Cavaliers were clear winners on run rate.
Loughborough batted first at home to Caythorpe and when the visitors' innings was curtailed after 19 overs the Nottinghamshire side were extremely lucky. If another over had been bowled this would have constituted a match and Caythorpe would have needed 21 more runs off that one over to be ahead of their Leicestershire opponents on run rate.
York batted first at Papplewick & Linby with opener Liam McKendry, just missing out on a century (96 off 126 balls), setting them on their way. After the fall of the first wicket he was joined by Simon Mason (78 off 69 balls) in a partnership of 156. York’s innings closed on 261 for seven with Robin Rhodes as the most successful bowler picking up 3-26.
During the tea interval rain set in and Papplewick & Linby were never able to start their reply. The match was eventually decided on the toss of a coin as a bowl-out was impossible. York won that lottery.
In Lancashire no play was possible due to rain as Morecambe beat Leyland on a bowl-out.
An uninterrupted game was enjoyed at Salisbury where South Wilts batted first on home soil and were soon in trouble against Basingstoke & North Hants at 26 for two.
The middle order then took the score to 199 for six but the re-introduction of Matthew King (5-32) saw the tail blown away as the home side were dismissed for 217.
Basingstoke never managed to get a partnership going and were reduced to 127 for eight before Chris Froud (46*) added some respectability to the score as they closed on 187 for nine.
Barnsley and Doncaster Town will have a third attempt to play their match next Sunday. The Third Round is scheduled for Sunday June 27th.