Bad day at the office for Tynemouth sides

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Tynemouth were haunted by a former player as they slumped to defeat against Newcastle.

Batting first, they lost skipper Ben Debnam without a run on the board before Ben McGee feel for seven to make it 26-2.

Matt Brown (45) pushed the score along to 80 with Ruhan Pretorious before the latter also fell one run later for 26.

Richie Straughan las left 54 not out in a poor total of 166 as ex-Tynemouth junior Olli McGee ripped through the tail end to claim 4-37.

Rain interrupted play for a short while and meant that Newcastle needed to score their runs in 66 overs but they achieved this comfortably.

Two early wickets for Pretorious brought Graham Clark and skipper Jacques Du Toit to the crease. Pretorious caught Du Toit off Finn Lonnberg after a quickfire 44 to leave the score on 76-3.

Phil Morse claimed 2-19 and Pretorious 3-43 as Newcastle won by four wickets with Clark on a very patient 41 not out off 116 balls and Harry Philips 40 not out.

The Second Team entertained Newcastle but the game suffered a delayed start owing to the heavy overnight rain.

Tynemouth asked their visitors to bat first and they made 191-5 off 46 overs. Josh Koen claimed 2-35 and Graeme Hallam took 2-37 as James Carr made 50 and Mark Davis 54.

Tynemouth had 42 overs to reply and found themselves struggling badly at 46-8.

However, Tony Turner with 40 not out, batting at 6 and Chris Miller with 39 steered Tynemouth to at least share a losing draw finishing on 116-8.

Tynemouth’s Third Team hosted Blagdon Park Seconds in a must win game at Percy Main. Blagdon elected to bat and made a painstaking start with only 36 runs coming off the first 20 overs.

Wickets refused to fall and Blagdon then accelerated. A second wicket eventually fell when Smith took a catch for the returning Ed Snelders but Blagdon finally raced to 173-2 off their 50 overs. Opener A Clark hit 58, S Eyres 78 not out and J Whittaker 55 not out.

Tynemouth’s reply saw Chad Koen and Aidan Wilson make a good start with 55 runs coming off the first 20 overs. Koen hit 35 before being trapped lbw.

After the good start, Richie Hay hit 55 not out as wickets tumbled at the other end to see Tynemouth dismissed for only 109 in the 28th over; a disappointing second best and with relegation now looming and Blagdon all but safe.