South North’s

ROUND-UP OF THE 2018 LO­CAL CRICKET

Sunday Sun - - Cricket - Steve Clarke

KIMBLESWORTH were crowned cham­pi­ons of Divi­sion One and Stan­hope were rel­e­gated.

The cham­pi­ons only lost once all sea­son and won by a mar­gin of 51 points, from run­ners-up Burn­hope.

They also won the Glenn Pat­ti­son Tro­phy and The Vin­ton Cup, while Wear­mouth took the 20/20 League Cup.

In Divi­sion Two, Kimblesworth sec­ond team won the league, the Amos Low­ing/Wil­son Tro­phy and the 20|20 Robert Dun­nett Cup, while Burn­hope won the John­son/Coates Tro­phy and Kib­blesworth the Nor­man Martin Cup. SOUTH North CC re­tained their ti­tle in com­mand­ing style, win­ning the league by 68 points, while also go­ing un­de­feated through­out their league cam­paign; quite an achieve­ment.

They also won the T20 tour­na­ment by beat­ing Bran­don CC in the fi­nal.

Lee Crozier took his 1,000th first-team league wicket, and Michael Craigs (28) topped the NEPL bowl­ing av­er­ages.

At the end of the 2018 sea­son, Si­mon Birtwisle (10,709) be­came the league’s top NEPL run scorer ever.

Stock­ton CC were rel­e­gated and will be re­placed by Burnop­field CC.

Ch­ester-Le-Street CC took the Banks Salver, de­feat­ing Ben­well Hill CC in the fi­nal.

Burnop­field will play in the Dukes North East Pre­mier League, for the first time in their his­tory, as they won the Divi­sion One ti­tle race by 35 points, win­ning 14 of their 20 Divi­sion One win­ners Burnop­field games. Cal­lum Thorp and Gareth Breese were the main rea­sons for their suc­cess, tak­ing 65 wick­ets be­tween them.

South Shields were rel­e­gated fol­low­ing a poor sea­son for them, win­ning just two games all sea­son.

D 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 T 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 Pts 396 322 322 320 319 286 252 247 218 187 Hay­don Bridge Humshaugh Mat­fen Hall South North Hex­ham Lea Hex­ham Lea Haltwhis­tle Al­len­dale Hex­ham Lea New­ton Avg 7.62 8.98 11.19 11.58 13.85 14.18 15.13 15.25 15.91 1

West Tyne League win­ners Humshaugh

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