Bishop Auckland Cricket Club's First XI have been crowned treble winners after scooping two divisional titles and the Haith Cup in a triumphant season.
First into the trophy cabinet was the Haith Cup, clinched with a seven-wicket victory over Wolviston CC at Kingsway in June. “Winning the prestigious Haith Cup was a proud achievement for the club and our first taste of success this summer.” Said Director of Cricket Paul Furby. “We had set high standards for ourselves this summer and we were delighted with this victory.”
Then came the NYSD Cricket League Div. 1 Hundred title, clinched at Stockton CC Finals Day, with another seven-wicket win, this time over Guisborough. Skipper Nathan Rimmington was Player of the Match for his 40no and 1/13 from his allocated 20 deliveries.
Having sealed promotion to the NYSD Premier Division with a nine-wicket victory over Guisborough the previous day, Bishops secured the Division One title with another comprehensive nine-wicket victory at Hornby Park, home of Seaton Carew CC, last weekend and were presented the league trophy from Durham CCC legend Geoff Cook.
“We really wanted to achieve promotion this season and had worked hard towards that goal. Achieving promotion as Champions reflects the hard work and efforts of everyone within the club particularly during the past 12 months. Nathan Rimmington has led the side superbly well and many of the players have excelled during the summer. Lastly, I want to thank John Elliott and Ebac, for their continued and invaluable support, we enjoy at the cricket club. Support we are sincerely grateful for.” Said Furby
Indeed, the club were a whisker away from a quadruple after being narrowly beaten by Normanby Hall, in arguably the game of the summer, the final of the Brunton Cup with just three balls remaining.
“We couldn’t be happier” said Furby. “Of course it would have been nice to win it all, but what’s been achieved this summer is hopefully just the beginning and we’re already looking forward to 2023.”