Former Bishop Auckland professional Steve Chapman, now with Hartlepool, has won national honours as a member of the England amateur side.

Chapman played for the England ECB team which won a three-match one day tournament in Holland against the Dutch national side. He has kept his place for the "triple crown" competition against Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland at Brighton later this month, August 14-16.

The 29-year old from Crook is a busy man. He is also professional with Northumberland, currently doing well in the Minor Counties League, and he is groundsman for Sunderland CC. In October, Chapman flies off to Australia for another spell playing and coaching 'down under'.

The Bishop Auckland Hospital Doctors XI won the Tylex Trophy for the first time since 1998.

They beat the Bishop Auckland CC Social XI by 37 runs in their annual charity cricket match at Kingsway on Sunday, the event raising funds for hospital charities.

Alan Snaith was given the man of the match award, his unbeaten 25 helping the Doctors XI to 105-7 in their 16 overs. Gavin Kell scored 30no for the Social side, who were restricted to 68-9. Tony Senadhira took 3-6 for the Doctors, while Mark Stones took 3-15 for the Social XI.

Former Social XI captain Kenny Coyle stood down for the game after 16 years in charge.


Doctors XI: 105-7, C Sawyer 25 retired, A Snaith 25ret, C Senadhira 26ret, M Stones 3-15, I Nicholson 2-5.

Social XI: 68-9, I Nicholson 12, A Groves 10, G Kell 30ret, M Bashir 2-6, T Senadhira 3-6.