The County Durham Spartans, formerly the Newton Aycliffe Spartans, were formed in late 2011 and joined the British Baseball AA North Division for their inaugural season in 2012. Going up against much more established teams, the Spartans finished at the bottom of the division, but did score their historic first win (an emphatic 21- 10) at home against Oldham late in the season. 2013 saw a much more competitive Spartans move to their permanent diamond in Shildon, County Durham, and continue to travel across the north of England to move away from the bottom of the table with many more wins to their name. The following 2014 season was one to remember as an almost perfect run of victories saw the Spartans take the AA North League title, beating the likes of Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield to the crown.
Durham Spartans are members of the British Baseball Federation, with many different leagues and levels of players coming together on summer Sunday’s across the country to play this great game. For the 2016 season, the AAA, AA & A North leagues were split into three divisions, West, Central & East, with Hull Scorpions, Sheffield Bladerunners and Harrogate Tigers joining the Spartans in the Eastern divsion. Teams across all three divisions played each other once too, resulting in a busy schedule, with the regular season starting on April 10th, it continued through until the end of August, with the playoffs for national honours taking place in September. The Spartans won the Single A North crown this year after a thrilling 14-7 win against Bolton and travelled to Farnham Park for the National Championships, where they were narrowly beaten 9-5 in a shortened rain affected semi final by Tonbridge Wildcats, and despite coming back from a 6 run deficit to lead by 5 at one point, ultimately the Spartans were defeated 25-22 by London Musketeers in the third place play-off.