It proved to be a great weekend for both of Tynedale Cricket Club's senior teams who recorded crucial wins in their respective divisions of the North East Premier League.

In the Premier Division at Priors Flat, Benwell Hill were put in to bat after losing the loss and slumped to 3-4 in the first few overs. Their innings was held together by Yash Kothari who top-scored with 89 off 124 balls and he was eventually the last man out with the score on 158. Matthew Scott (5-33 off 12.1 overs) did most of the damage with the ball. In reply, Tynedale looked in trouble on 84-7 until being rescued by an 8th wicket stand of 61 between Matthew Scott (30 not out) and Aaron Rourke (33).

In Division 3, Tynedale 2nd XI had a more comfortable win on the road against their Eppleton counterparts by 141 runs. Ted Fletcher (72 not out off 84 balls) and Tom Cant (59 off 50 balls) top-scored in the Hexham side's impressive total of 279-4 declared before they dismissed the hosts for 138, with Cant (4-10 off 6.4 overs) cleaning out the lower order.

Cant was also in good form on Friday night when Tynedale won by five wickets against Chester-le-Street at Priors Flat in the last NEPL T20 group game of the season. After restricting the visitors to 137-6, Cant (49 not out off 52 balls) saw his side across the line with five balls remaining.

In Division 1 of the O'Neill Richmonds West Tyne Senior Cricket League, 2023 champions Haydon Bridge remain top of the table after winning by six wickets against Newton at Mowden Hall. The hosts were dismissed for a modest 53, with Mark Elliott, Dale Leadbitter and Jamie Taylor all taking three wickets. Riding Mill remain 5pts behind the leaders after winning by five wickets at home to Haltwhistle. Rory Young (4-11 off eight overs) was the pick of their bowlers as Haltwhistle were dismissed for 111. 2022 champions Humshaugh suffered a fourth defeat in a row at Wylam, posting a modest total of 60 after being 48-2 at one stage. Edward Jackson (5-10 off five overs) starred with the ball for Wylam. Benwell Hill (168-9) won by 39 runs at home to Belsay but were indebted to Sheher Yar Khan (36) and Rashan Hameed (46) after slipping to 83-6. Khan (4-34) and Hameed (3-9) then helped to dismiss Belsay for 129.

In Division 2, league leaders Riding Mill (212 all out) remain the only unbeaten side after beating nearest rivals Newbrough by 54 runs. Lee Rogers (84 from only 66 balls) and 48 extras were the main contributors in Riding Mill's total. Stocksfield recovered from 64-7 to close on 140-8 from their allotted 40 overs, with professional footballer Jak Alnwick (40) top-scorer. In reply, Wylam slumped from 46-2 to 62 all out.

In Division 1 of the Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League, Stocksfield (144 all out) won by 36 runs at home to Whickham. Luke Doneathy (54) was top-scorer, while Andrew Wood (5-9 off 8 overs) did most of the damage with the ball.

In Division 3, Owen Forbes (48) and wicket-keeper Charlie Blacker (42) starred with the bat for Allendale 1st XI who successfully chased down Newcastle City 2nd XI's challenging total of 205-7 with more than eight overs to spare.

In Division 5 South, hosts Stamfordham came out on top by 28 runs in a low scoring encounter at home to Annfield Plain, with 24 extras the main contributor in a modest total of 72. All 5 Stamfordham bowlers were among the wickets as the visitors slumped from 31-4 to 44 all out despite a valiant knock of 29 from Saqib Khan.

In Division 6 South, Matfen 2nd XI remain top of the table after winning by five wickets at Corbridge. Ellie Tiffin was their star bowler with impressive figures of 5-12 from her eight overs as the hosts were dismissed for 112, with Neil Tiffin and Anthony Brown both scoring 28. In reply, the game was still in the balance with Matfen on 80-5 but an unbeaten 34 from Eddie Scott saw them over the line.