TYNEMOUTH Cricket Club’s First Team visited Sunderland and batted first.
Opener Ben Debnam hit a superb 78, unperturbed by the early loss of Rory Cox.
Dan Newton supported with 28 but Rameez Shahzad fell for only 11. It took Matthew Brown with a characteristic maturing 45 to steady the ship as Tynemouth moved the total on.
Nick Armstrong 27 and Greg Hollins 17 not out helped Tynemouth to 244-9 declared.
Tynemouth had hopes of winning and the opening attack of David Hymers and Ross Willett was lively.
However, J Coyne (48) and D Shurben (27) built an opening stand and the middle order made twenties and thirties.
Tynemouth were becoming frustrated at the slow rate of wickets and time was running out for them with Sunderland now pressing for victory.
Finally, with eight wickets down the tail managed to push through to 247 with a concluding boundary and Tynemouth had to settle for eight points in defeat.
Hymers took 2-24, Willett 0-47, Shahzad 0-58, Ross Burdon 0-20 and Nick Armstrong 1-22. The result was especially frustrating for skipper Barry Stewart who had bowled superbly and taken 5-46.
Tynemouth slip to ninth in the table.
The second team in their reverse fixture also lost to Sunderland and drop to eighth.
The visitors to Preston Avenue batted first and recorded 164-9 with young Ollie McGee taking another 5-36 in his incredible season – six wickets last week and five the previous.
Finn Lonnberg also took 2-27, Josh Koen 1-34 and Phil Morse 1-45.
But the home side’s reply saw wickets tumble from the start as Ian Stewart single-handedly tried to win the match.
Stewart came in at number three and reached 91 not out whilst all others failed to make a contribution.
Tynemouth were dismissed for a paltry 136 with S Brown 3-57 and M Jowell 5-21 doing most of the damage.
The thirds travelled with a strengthened team to basement side New Hartley.
For once skipper Richard Hay lost the toss but Hartley would regret their decision to bat first on a moist wicket.
John Callaghan destroyed the hosts in his 13 overs with wickets falling at regular intervals as he finished with 7-21.
Only A Douglas survived and he went on to a commendable 39 not out in the total of 100 all out. Hay (2-46) and Don Catley took the other wickets.
The Tynemouth reply saw the return of Nick Brown to partner regular Chris Fairley and the pair put on 80 for the first wicket in only 14 overs.
Brown misjudged a long hop from Tony Burns after most of his 39 runs had been scored through the point boundary.
Fairley went on to make 41 not out, supported by nine from Whiteman as Tynemouth cruised to victory by nine wickets.
The maximum 30 point win sees Tynemouth back to the top of the table and makes Saturday’s trip to second placed Cramlington an interesting one.
The Thursday third team got back to winning ways with a comfortable victory at South Northumberland.
The hosts elected to bat first and were well restrained by the accurate bowling of James Carr and Max Robertson.
Ed Snelders 2-16, Don Catley 3-31, Owen Hollins 1-19 and Max Robertson 2-20 took the wickets as South North closed on 100-8 off their 20 overs.
Tynemouth in reply eased to 104-1 with Chris Fairley finishing 51 not out. The victory follows the opening four wins and two recent defeats to see Tynemouth move back up the table.
Tynemouth Under-11s House Trophy – Kookaburra (232), Woodworm (254).
House matches have been introduced so as to give a competitive edge to junior practices with more young members now gaining the additional experience that these games offer.
Woodworm and Kookaburra competed in the first match of the 2011 House Trophy.
Kookaburra chose to bat first and struggled for runs against a strong Woodworm side.
In response Woodworm finished on 254 without losing a wicket.
Meanwhile Tynemouth Under-11s were at home against Stocksfield as they started their defence of the County Cup.
Tynemouth were able to welcome back talismanic captain Matty Longstaff for his first outing of the year.
Stocksfield batted first and scored 62. It would have been higher but for two run outs and a wicket by Will Kerr to peg the visitors back.
Lewis Cass and Jamie Wills once again opened the batting with Cass top scoring with 17.
Dan McGee and Kerr added a valuable 24 runs with Matty Longstaff and Ethan Brown seeing the team home to a final score of 275.
Tynemouth 275 (+75), Stocksfield 262 (+62).