Sunday 15th May Burnmoor v 3rd XI

On a pleasant but cold day Willington 3rds travelled to Burnmoor for the 3rd game of the season.

The team was again a mixture of youth and some old stagers. Burnmoor were only able to field 10 players so when Boby Whitehead lost the toss it was a little surprising that Burnmoor put Willington into bat. 

Jack Howell opened the batting but was unable to pick up where he left off on Saturday and was quickly bowled by Hewittson the quickest of the Burnmoor bowlers. This brought together the Whiteheads who put on a very watchful 40 before the old man was out for a slow 20. This brought Jamie Graham to the wicket which brought a rapid change in the scoring rate with Jamie and Bobby Whitehead putting together a rapid 55 before Bobby was out for a well made 32.

This brought Mark Giblin to the wicket and again the scoring rate increased with Jamie Graham going to his 50 with a massive six over square leg. This partnership saw Mark Giblin reach his 50 and Jamie reach his maiden century putting on 106 before Mark was out for an excellent 51. Jamie was joined by Suryi Behara who quickly made 11 and the Jake Dickinson who batted with a maturity well beyond his years feeding Jamie the strike seeing Jamie end unbeaten on a majestic 118 and Jake unbeaten on 9. Willington reached a massive 254 for 5 of their 45 over’s.

This game may have seemed won at the tea interval but Burnmoor had other ideas with their openers M. Williamson and S Walt taking off like a steam train and reaching 79 of only the 1st 8 over’s before Jack Howell removed Walk for 28. A second wicket was quick in coming with Jack again getting it removing Foster for 14 with the score on 99 for 2. This brought the Burnmoor captain J. Holding to the wicket and he set about the bowlers with gutso but could only watch as the opener Williamson was bowled by Mark Giblin for a fast and well played 75. At this stage Burnmoor were 180 for 4 of only 19 over’s and looked sure to win the game.  All the Burnmoor batsmen were determined to end the game quickly but as wickets started to fall Burnmoor reached 239 for 7 in 32 over’s with their Captain still at the crease and win seemed assured.   

The last 2 over’s of the game were dramatic to say the least with Bobby Whitehead bowling Holding who was desperate to get the strike, his partner Redford was run out by Stef Gill with a direct hit when they were going for a suicidal leg bye. However this got Holding on strike and he hit Bobby for a massive 6 leaving Burnmoor needing only 7 runs to win. Again Holding wanted the strike and off the next ball he went for a dangerous run and Bobby run out the new batsmen Henderson leaving Burnmoor needing 7 of 11 over’s with 1 wicket remaining.

Mark Giblin was tasked with bowling the next over and with Holding on strike and young Cummingsdale at number 10 at the other end Holding hit the ball in the deep and called 2, the ball was chased down by young Michael Graham and Holding took on his arm a mistake as Michael fired the ball into Mark Giblin who removed the bails and Cummingsdale was comfortably run out. A great throw for Michael saw Willington 3rds gain their 1st win of the season with the unfortunate Holding left 76 not out.


A fantastic game of Cricket played in a great sprit with the Willington’s youngsters coming to the fore with Jake Dickinson bowling 3 tight over’s during the carnage from the other end and Michael Graham ensuring his great throw and his Dad’s maiden century was made in a winning cause.


Sunday 8th May Sunderland V 3rd XI

On the best day so far this season for Cricket our 3rds travelled to Sunderland with what looked like a very young and inexperienced side.

Having won the toss Bobby Whitehead gave Sunderland first use of the good looking wicket.

The Sunderland openers put on slow 13 before Bobby Whitehead struck the 1st blow having the opener caught behind for 8, quite quickly followed by Jack Howell removing the number 3 but only thanks to a fantastic catch one handed by Jeremy Thompson. The next 3 wickets fell quickly which included yet another great one handed catch by Bobby Whitehead leaving Sunderland on 55 for 5. With 3 wickets for Jack Howell and 2 for Bobby Whitehead.  Then came the fight back with J. Stuart and I Hawkin putting on 82 for the 6 wicket before the captain changed back to his opening bowlers.

This saw Bobby Whitehead Quickly remove Stuart caught behind by Stef Gill his 3rd catch of the game. The rest of the wickets quickly tumbled shared between Jack and Bobby. With Bobby picking up the last two to end with 6 for 39, his firs ever 5 wicket haul. Jack ending on 4 for 32, an excellent bit of bowling from both the Willington openers.  So Sunderland finished on 153 all out leaving Willington 59 over’s to bat.  

The Willington innings did not start well with both openers back in the pavilion with only 9 on the board. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals leaving Willington on a mere 32 for 5. Again a fight back ensured as Jamie Graham playing his 1st game for Willington struck a hard hit 37 in partnership with S. Behara who put on 50. After there was a clutter of wickets leaving Willington on 106 for 9. This then saw the best partnership of the innings with young Michael Graham and Jeremy Thompson coming together and putting on a fantastic 36 for the last wicket, with Michael scoring a well played 21 on his senior debut for the club and Jeremy finishing 21 not out.  Willington ended on 142 all out just 12 short and thanks to the fantastic 10th wicker partnership picking up 2 batting bonus points. 

As an aside the Willington team saw 3 father and sons playing in the same game which may be record for the NEPL.


Sunday 24th April  3rd XI v Mainsforth.

The season got off to a poor start for Willington 3rd XI following a heavy defeat to the league’s newcomers Mainsforth. Having won the toss Bobby Whitehead elected to let Mainsforth have first use of the ,as usual, excellent wicket at Willington. Mainsforth made a steady start putting on 51 before Jack Howell took Willington's first wicket of the season. Runs continued to flow and Mainsforth ended their innings on 230 for 6 with the wickets shared around: David Whitehead taking 3, and Jack Howell, Robert Whitehead and Stef Gill all taking 1 each.

So chasing 230 to win it was important for Willington to get off to a good start but unfortunately Jack Howells was bowled with a beauty 1st ball of the innings. Jack was quickly followed by Zack Hemming and both the openers were back in the pavilion without troubling the scorers.  However this was quickly followed by the dismissal of Mark Giblin and this left the father and son Whiteheads to try and rebuild the innings. Robert was out first having made a hard fought 14 as wickets continued to fall.  All the Willington batsmen put up a fight but were unable to make any head way with the innings finishing with Willington all out for 70 from 26.1 overs.  

So we took just the 3 points from out 1st game of the season but onwards and upwards with the Juniors now making up the most of this team it is important that we continue to develop their skills  to ensure the club has a bright future.