IN the Dukes NE Premier League last weekend, Tynemouth entertained Durham Academy at Preston Avenue .
And Durham’s young professionals were given a real fright by a gutsy Tynemouth side.
Following the withdrawal of young David Hymers, Russell Perry was a late call up to the side and became the oldest player ever to play in the NEPL premier division.
Academy skipper John Windows won the toss and invited Tynemouth to bat.
The move paid immediate dividends as opener Danny Candlish was bowled by Bousfield playing across the line.
Skipper Ben Debnam and last week’s centurion Rory Cox steadied the ship by adding 67 for the second wicket.
Cox then fell in unfortunate style when playing back he saw the ball spin back onto his stumps having made 27.
South African Patrick Botha went lbw and debutant Ivo Hobson was bowled by Buckley to reduce them to 84-4.
Debnam and Andrew Smith saw the side through to lunch at 113-4.
Looking to build on this solid platform the plan quickly disintegrated as Smith went for nine, followed by Ben Richardson for a duck.
Debnam remained the rock of the Tynemouth innings, moving smoothly to his 50 off 87 balls.
He eventually fell for 67 lbw to Ireland in an innings which saw nine fours and a six.
Phil Morse opened his account with a six but then became Ireland’s fourth victim with Tynemouth now 139-8.
Andy Lineham and Russell Perry gave brief resistance making 16 and 11 respectively before the innings petered out to 157 all out in 48.5 overs.
Ireland took 4-28 and Bousefield 3-20.
The Tynemouth bowling attack soon demonstrated they were not going to allow the Academy an easy ride.
Smith was particularly threatening and removed Geoff Clark’s off stump for eight.
He then had Pearce caught behind for ten before bowling Thompson with his next ball to have the Academy 25-3.
Jack Clark and Sachin Brar showed stubborn resistance until Smith completed a fine spell of ten overs with 3-17.
Perry was introduced at the golf course end and in his second over trapped Clark lbw for 11, made from 25 overs.
In his next over he had Brar caught behind for 15 and the Academy were in serious trouble at 54-5.
Hickey and Weighell batted with caution and looked to have seen the Academy through to tea.
However, Phil Morse’s double wicket strike by taking a sharp caught and bowled to dismiss Weighell for 14 and then next ball having Bousfield well caught low down by Botha changed things again and sent the Tynemouth team in to tea buoyant at 90-7.
After tea the Academy were much more positive by punishing any bad ball.
Botha was admirably accurate but Hickey and Ireland punished anything loose at the other end.
The pair added the required 69 further runs without major incident despite skipper Debnam’s rotation of his attack.
Durham finished three wicket winners off 56.4 overs with Hickey and Ireland respectively 48 and 34 not out.
Smith finished with 3-36 off 17 overs, Perry 2-15 off five overs, Morse 2-27 off nine overs and Botha a miserly 0-29 off 17 tight overs.
Tynemouth took five bonus points from the game.
The under-11s were disappointed on Sunday when visitors Wylam cancelled their fixture.
Next week’s fixtures are:
Thursday, May 10: C Div, Newcastle, home, 6pm.
Friday, May 11: 1sts, Annfield Plain, away, 6pm. Just Sport Trophy; Kings 1sts, MCC at Tynemouth, 11.30am to 6.30pm, bar open all day.
Saturday, May 12: 1sts, Sunderland, home, 11.30am, NEPL Div 1; 2nds, Sunderland, away, 1pm, NEPL Div 2; NCL 3rds, Bomarsund, away, 1pm, NCL A1.
Sunday, May 13: 3rds, Hetton Lyons, home, 2pm, NEPL Div 3; U13s eight-a-side, Bomarsund, home; U11s, Backworth, away.
Monday, May 14: U15s, South North, home, 6pm, NCL Junior League and Cup double header.
Tuesday, May 15: Ladies, Wylam, 6pm.
Wednesday, May 16: 1sts, Percy Main, away, 6pm, Tyneside Charity Bowl; 3rds, Newcastle, away (Heaton), 6pm, Banks Cup.
Thursday, May 17: C Div, Percy Main, away, 6pm; Northumberland U13s, Cleveland, at Tynemouth, 11.30am.