Armstrong’s efforts not enough for Tynemouth

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Tynemouth Firsts hosted Stockton in the NPL and performed well in the field after the visitors batted first.

David Hymers took two early wickets to leave the visitors on 36-2 before Andrew Ireland took two quick wickets.

There was middle order resistance, especially from Kevin Ward with 59 but Tynemouth dismissed Stockton for a below par 175 on a good batting track.

Hymers claimed 3-41 and Ireland 3-22 with Pretorious, Finn Lonnberg and Ryan Macciocchi each claiming a single wicket.

Tynemouth’s reply saw the early loss of Ben Debnam for 7. Wickets tumbled around opener Nick Armstrong whose 84 shone like a beacon in a disaster field with Tynemouth quickly 37-5.

Matthew Brown, Ruhan Pretorious and Andrew Smith failed to trouble the scorers with Ireland making three runs. Brief resistance from Phil Morse (16) and Jamie Coates (17) held up Stockton for a while but Tynemouth were dismissed for a disappointing 157 in the 43rd over.

Tynemouth are now mid table in the Premier League.

On Friday night the The Seconds hosted Boldon in the James Bell Memorial Cup and enjoyed batting first in this 20 overs match.

Chris Fairley made 71 not out, supported by 23 from Andrew Davison and 36 not out from Chad Koen. Tynemouth posted 172-3.

Tynemouth then held Boldon to 98-6.

The NCL Third Team travelled north to Ulgham on Saturday confident after two recent wins.

Roy Haygarth proved the thorn in Tynemouth’s side with 105, caught by Geoff Simpson off the last ball from Matt Hill, having been put down four times.

There were too many extras in the Ulgham total of 239-5.

Tynemouth began their reply with confidence, stalwart Vince Howe and Ben Richardson under instructions to bat long. However, Richardson fell for 21. Simpson did his best to curb his swashbuckling style and made 24 before being trapped lbw.

Howe was then trapped as the third Campbell scalp for a solid 12. Ward made it four victims before Euan Stenhouse raised hopes with some boundaries in his 31 but completed 5-29 for Campbell.

There was a defiant 15 from Hill and Tynemouth finished on 142 all out in 36 overs.

The NPL Third Team had a good win on Sunday at South Northumberland, with a nine wickets victory in only 26 overs as they overhauled the hosts total of 165-5 thanks to 72 not out by opener Chris Fairley. Fairley was well supported by Finn Lonnberg (28) and Geoff Simpson with 41 not out.