Centuries for Smith and Brown in resounding Tynemouth win

Cricketers Andrew Smith, left, and Matt Brown.
Cricketers Andrew Smith, left, and Matt Brown.

Tynemouth’s first team recorded a resounding win at Sunderland’s Ashbrooke ground on Saturday.

Batting first the visitors declared on 275-3 before bowling out the home side for just 136 to take a maximum 30 points from a 139 runs victory.

Sunderland skipper Michael Nunn won the toss and invited Tynemouth to bat.

They went on to amass the impressive 275-3 from only 53 overs.

Tynemouth lost skipper Ben Debnam early on for 11 but Andrew Smith and Nick Armstrong build a steady foundation.

Armstrong fell for 34, bowled by Stephenson just before lunch to see Tynemouth 75-2.

However, from then on it was sheer toil for the home attack.

Smith with 101 not out and Matthew Brown with 105 both who came through the club’s strong youth structure recorded maiden Premier League centuries as they piled up the pressure on the home side.

Smith’s 50 came from 95 balls and his century from 141 balls including nine fours.

Brown’s innings saw his first 50 from 60 balls, but as the declaration loomed he exploded with an array of dazzling shots.

His second 50 came from only 26 balls.

Brown’s dismissal in the 53rd over in an innings which included nine fours and three sixes enabled skipper Debnam to call in his batsmen so as to leave his bowlers 67 overs to dismiss the opposition.

When the Sunderland innings began, the in-form David Hymers soon set about his business, trapping Peareth lbw for 23 and removing Jenkins in similar fashion for 22.

Smith, buoyed by his century, accounted for skipper Michael Nunn, bowled for eight, and then Imran Shah caught by Ruhan Pretorious for six.

Hymers also accounted for Cronin, bowled for 15, leaving Pretorious and Andrew Ireland to blast away the tail end batsman.

This included a stunning diving catch from Brown off Ireland, which saw the keeper change direction to pluck the ball out of the air to dismiss Stephenson for seven.

Sunderland’s innings ended after only 41.4 overs to ensure Tynemouth were comprehensive victors.

Hymers returned figures of 3-36, Ireland 3-42, Pretorious 2-14 and Smith 2-20.

This places Tynemouth in seventh place in the league but well in touch with the next four sides above them, although South Northumberland and Hetton have opened up a big lead at the top.

In the Friday evening 20/20 sequence, Tynemouth emerged from the NEPL ‘group of death’ with an unblemished five out of five victories after a thrilling one wicket win against current champions Stockton.

The draw had paired Tynemouth up against national finalists Chester-le-Street and former national champions South Northumberland, as well as South Hetton, Stockton and Felling.

However, Tynemouth’s young team accounted for all comers and set up an exiting quarter-final match against Eppleton this Friday at Preston Avenue.

Travelling to Stockton with a slightly weakened side, Tynemouth fielded first.

The home side posted 129-7 in their 20 overs with Richard Waites 41 and Peter Howell’s 28 being the main stay of the innings.

Finn Lonnberg had the economical figures of 1-16 from his four overs with Ryan Macciocchi 1-22, Ruhan Pretorius 1-22, Andrew Ireland 1-36 and Andrew Smith 2-26.

In reply, and knowing a win ensured a home quarter-final tie, Tynemouth were in early trouble.

Matthew Brown fell for two, quickly followed by Smith for one.

This became 11-3 when Nick Armstrong went for a duck.

Pretorious continued his outstanding form in the competition adding 32 for the fourth wicket before Andy Ireland was caught for nine.

Richie Straughan (21) helped Pretorious add 46 for the fifth wicket but when he fell things did not look good for the travelling Tynemouth team.

Pretorious continued to dominate and despite losing Robson (1), Lion (6) and Macciocchi (2) he took Tynemouth to 129, equal with the opposition score.

Pretorious’s brilliant innings ended when he was bowled by James Ward for 73 still needing a run to win.

The South African’s innings included seven fours and three sixes and came off only 55 balls.

This brought the unlikely hero Alex Tait to the wicket and he hit the winning run off his first ball to see Tynemouth home with four balls of the match left to play.

A strong bowling attack, aggressive fielding and some dynamic batting has made the coast club a team to be feared this year.

The form of South African professional Pretorious has been outstanding in the competition with previous knocks of 139 not out off 57 balls against Felling, a competition best, 39 not out against South Hetton, 51 not out against Chester-le-Street off 33 balls, and 35 against South Northumberland.

The club are hoping for a bumper crowd this Friday night at home to Eppleton where there will be a barbecue and all the usual excitement of a 20/20 competition.

Spectators are welcome at the game where coloured clothing, an orange ball and music make for a family friendly atmosphere.

A win would put Tynemouth through to finals day.

New club sponsors Vertem will be present to cheer the lads on. Since Vertem became involved the team has won every game. The game and the barbecue both start at 6pm on Friday.