Dramatic one-run win for Monkseaton

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Monkseaton won a dramatic game at Bomarsund by one run on Saturday.

Skipper Cameron Butler lost the toss and was asked to bat first.

Monkseaton achieved a score of 166 on a sporting wicket, with nobody scoring big but various batsmen chipped in with 20s.

Gary Benns batted well with 22, Matty Kleyhans 26 and Ian McDine with 23.

The Bomarsund openers John Haig and Colin Thornton put on 60 for the first wicket and with the dangerous Steve Thain due up next, things looked ominous for Monkseaton.

But Chris Coulson produced a fine spell to remove both openers and Thain, recording figures of 3-31.

But Brett Mordey and Gary Bell then put together a fine stand to take the score to over 100.

Things looked to be going Bomarsund’s way until Jordan Murphy was introduced, and after a couple of innocuous overs he turned the game on its head with his third over.

First he had the dangerous Bell caught by Bob Zanetti then took a further two wickets in the over.

Bomarsund were now six down but still in the driver’s seat, but the Monkseaton bowlers plugged away and the reintroduction of Scotty Graham and Kleynhans reaped dividends, removing two more wickets.

Bomarsund reached 164-8, only two runs short, when Kleynhans bowled Besford.

Then Gary Mordey came to the wicket only to be dropped first ball, which they ran, so with two runs to win the game Kleynhans ran up and bowled Brett, who had scored a tenacious 39, thus securing a one-run victory in what proved to be an exciting game of cricket.

Meanwhile the second team entertained Bomarsund seconds at Churchill.

Skipper Eric Thompson won the toss and inserted the opposition, which proved to be inspired as Monkseaton bowled Bomarsund out for 115.

Pick of the bowlers was the returning John Bishop, who took 3-21. John Hewett 2-22, Gavin Rankin 2-17, Andrew Lindsay 1-27 and Tony Errington 1-7, who also took a fine slip catch, were the other wicket takers.

Andy Simms ran out top scorer Dixon with a direct hit.

Monkseaton struggled to overcome the Bomarsund total but with contributions from Simms (24), Eric Thompson (16), Tony Errrington (20) and a splendid 27 not out from John Durkin, saw them scrape home by two wickets.

The third team suffered another defeat, but were forced to field a severely depleted side.

They managed to reach 89 with Darren Drew top scoring with 33.

Blue Flames second team knocked off the runs for the loss of two wickets.

Next week the firsts play at home to Corbridge, the seconds are away to Corbridge seconds and the thirds make the long trip to play Berwick seconds.