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Local cricket results, scorecards and tables; Richmondshire still on top after two-wicket win over Pools.

Byline: STEVE CLARKE

IN the race to win the Darlington Building Society NYSD ECB Premier League title, Richmondshire remain top after they won a nervous match, at home to Hartlepool.

Their lead is just four points, after this two-wicket home win.

The Dalesmen won the toss and decided to bowl first and Pools, struggling for their lives against relegation, put on a good batting display, scoring 233-8. The ever reliable opener, Neil Coverdale led the way with 56 and then professional Harsha Vithana struck a lovely century, making 102 off 101 balls, including 11 fours and two sixes, in a stand of 102 with Coverdale for the third wicket.

Sam Harris added a watchful 31 not out, to use up all the overs, in which James Kelly was the pick of the bowling, returning 3-66.

When Richmondshire batted, skipper Gary Pratt made 52 and Alston Bobb hit 36, but Doug Mulholland kept taking crucial wickets with 4-67, but Steven Mather with 37 off 45 balls, steered them home for a crucial twenty points.

Great Ayton moved up a place to second, with a home win over current champions Barnard Castle, who remain third, but are now 21 points behind the leaders after this defeat.

They decided to bat first after winning the toss, making exactly 100 with only James Quinn with 40 and Jack Robinson with 20 not out, near the end made double figures.

Pitigala Jeewantha took 3-32 and Thomas Leng returned 3-12, following some excellent bowling. It took Ayton just 23 overs to knock off the runs, with Phil Holdsworth making 35 not out and Chris Allinson adding an excellent 57 not out, to see their side home for this vital win.

Stokesley moved up to fourth, 25 points behind the leaders, after easily beating Darlington at Feethams, who are still not safe from relegation. The home side batted first and made a paltry 89 all out. Richard Chandler was in terrific bowling form, returning 5-7, alongside skipper Andrew Weighell who returned 3-21.

Marton slip to fifth, when they lost at Marske. Jonathan Spillane's breath-taking form continued with his sixth century of the season at Windy Hill Lane. He made 160 off 125 balls, including 21 fours and five sixes, passing the 1000 runs mark, for the season.

Benjamin Van Rensburg took 4-35, and only some late order batting ensured a decent score of 219 all out, was achieved. However, Saeed Bin Nasir cracked his fourth century of the season (144no), off 136 balls, including 22 fours and Chris Veazey with 32 not out, put on 127 together, for the sixth wicket after slumping to 96-5. At the bottom, Seaton Carew were the big winners, defeating struggling Guisborough, by a massive 148 runs, at Hornby Park. Opener Usman Arshad was in terrific form scoring 154 off 167 balls, including 20 fours in his innings and then skipper Paul Braithwaite made 78 not out, in a stand worth 202 for the second wicket.

Guisborough never got going and collapsed to 112 all out, to leave them 15 points adrift of Hartlepool, in the second relegation slot.

Only Luke Middlemiss with 40, made any headway against some excellent bowling from Arshad with the ball, taking 5-27.

Middlesbrough were easy winners over relegated Norton, by ten wickets. Norton batted first and made just 74, with Siraj Khan taking 3-22 and Steven Reeves 3-2 and then skipper James Lowe (37no) and Paul Johnston (34no), soon knocked off the required runs, in just 6.4 overs.

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Saeed Bin Nasir hit his fourth century of the

Neil Coverdale made 56 to give the Dalesman a solid start
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 28, 2017
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