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Having had our match against Bedfordshire at Burnopfield CC abandoned due to the weather at tea on the second day, the match ended as a draw with both teams sharing the points. This was followed with the match against Hertfordshire at Jesmond on Sun/Mon/Tues 17/19 July. For this match the weather held very good for the three days and when Hertfordshire won the toss they elected to bat. In their 90 overs they scored 326. When the County took to the field for their 1st innings no one had any thought or idea that they would witness a remarkable batting performance and at the same time see the record for the first wicket partnership which had stood since 1955 be beaten, more about the record later. The 1st wicket of our innings fell at 240 and this brought Jacques Du Toit to the crease and he set about destroying the Herts bowling hitting 105 off 57 balls with 7 fours and 8 sixes. What a performance from one of the cleanest and biggest hitters ever to have played for the County. This allowed the County to reach 436/6 in their 90 overs.
Hertfordshire began their second innings 110 runs behind and they steadily lost wickets to strong Northumberland bowling. After 67 overs they were all out for 203 with G Wade taking 3 wickets to add to his three in the first innings and S Brar took 4-42. This left the County to score just 94 runs and they achieved this for the loss of one wicket. Once again the two openers almost knocked them off but J Jessop was out for 52 when only 8 more runs were required for the victory. This result sees us maintain our lead at the top of the Eastern Division and with two matches left to play, one away to Norfolk and one at home to Cambridge hopes are high that we can maintain our winning ways..
The first wicket partnership record which had stood for 60 years was set at 230 by G Walton and KG Davidson against Cheshire at Jesmond in 1955. However, our two young opening bats, J. Jessop and M E. Whaley scored 240 before Jack was out for 132, M Whaley went on to score 150 before he was out. Although at the time they were both delighted with their achievement they had only failed to beat the all time partnership record of 248 by a mere 9 runs, but that’s cricket.
22 July 2016
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