Clean sweep as all three Monkseaton teams win

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MONKSEATON Cricket Club achieved a clean sweep with all three teams winning – despite having ten players missing across the board.

The firsts entertained Tynemouth 3rds. Stand-in skipper Matty Kleynhans won the toss and put the opposition in.

And it proved a good decision as the bowlers came up trumps with ex-Tynemouth player Scotty Graham being the pick of the bunch with figures of 4-6.

Ian McGine took 3-20 and Matty Kleynhans 2-27 as Tynemouth were bowled out for 66.

Monkseaton made hard work in reply, losing wickets steadily, but they finally won by three wickets with Paul Marks top scoring with 15.

As they lost seven wickets they failed to get maximum points but are still handily placed third in the table.

Monkseaton 2nds travelled to Blyth 2nds, skipper Eric Thompson lost the toss and was asked to bat.

Bob Zanetti and new opening partner Andy Simms found runs hard to come by on a damp wicket but Simms made a creditable 27.

Monkseaton lost a couple of wickets but Barry Cliffe came to the wicket and scored 48.

Nigel Green and his son Harry, who had been called up from the 3rds, scored 35 not out and 15 as Monkseaton finished 164 all out, D Clark the pick of the bowlers for Blyth with 6-34.

Veteran John Hewett and Gary Errington then proceeded to demonstrate how to bowl on a damp wicket, Hewett taking 5-10 and Errington 4-4, with the game wrapped up by 15-year-old Matty Simms (1-9).

Maximum points keep the seconds top of the table.

Best performance of the day went to the extremely depleted third team who played Hebburn 2nds at Priors Park.

Under the watchful eye of stand-in skipper Malcolm Anderson, who won the toss, the opposition were inserted.

Off spinner Jordan Murphy decimated Hebburn with 4-3 as they finished 54 all out.

Monkseaton lost a few wickets in the run chase but eventually won by four wickets with a steady 14 from Malcolm Anderson and a solid 16 not out from Dave McGuire.

On Saturday the firsts are away to Hebburn 1sts, the seconds home to Hebburn 2nds, and the thirds away to Stobswood 2nds.