Good middle order knocks help Monkseaton beat Civil Service

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Monkseaton first entertained Civil Service at Churchill Playing Field on Saturday and earned a three-wicket win.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, but the Monkseaton opening bowlers failed to make inroads so Scotty Graham was brought on for his first bowl of the season.

And bowling beautifully with prodigious swing and bounce, he recorded figures of 3-40 off 13 consecutive overs.

Chris Beever, although not bowling to his usual standard, managed to take three wickets, off-spinner Jordan Murphy bagged two, and opening bowler Ian McDine was brought back on to claim the remaining wicket, a just reward for a fine spell as Civil Service finished on 174-9.

Monkseaton lost an early wicket but steady middle order knocks from Matty Kleyhans (23), Mark Tunstall (31) and Chris Beever (32) saw them close in on the target.

But then Monkseaton lost a clutch of wickets to find themselves in trouble, but a lovely innings of 24 not out from Mike Driver and staunch support from Scotty Graham (9 no) saw them reach the target for the lose of seven wickets.

The second team travelled to play Ashington rugby cricket club seconds. Monkseaton batted first and got to 67 without loss mainly thanks to a splendid 47 from skipper Kevin Elliott, then they had a massive collapse and ended up 119 all out.

The only other thing of note was club chairman Tony Errington hitting the second six of his career.

Ashington soon knocked off the runs, only losing one wicket, Gavin Rankin trapping one of the openers lbw.

The thirds travelled to Embleton where the home side batted first and amassed 238, with the highlight a superb spell of bowling from Dan Common who recorded 5-28.

Alas the batting was not good enough and Monkseaton were all out for 28.