Good wins for Monkseaton firsts and seconds

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On Saturday Monkseaton first team entertained Tynemouth 3rd team at Churchill Playing Fields and regarded a comfortable win.

Returning captain Cameron Butler won the toss and duly inserted the opposition.

The returning absentees from last week soon made their mark with Ian McDine and former Tynemouth player Scott Graham opening the bowling , the former taking one wicket and the latter two, including the dangerous Tony Lion.

Chris Coulson chipped in with a wicket but Matty Kleyhans bowled beautifully again, bagging 3-19.

Owen Rankin and Jordan Murphy mopped up the tail with a wicket each.

Tynemouth scored 127, which should have been considerably less if Monkseaton had held their catches.

In reply Monkseaton lost three early wickets but Rankin and Matty Klekhans saw them through with the former unbeaten on 49 and the latter 29 not out to achieve maximum points for the second week running.

The second team travelled to play New Hartley first team.

Skipper Eric Thompson won the toss and asked New Hartley to bat.

The bowlers shared the wickets about, Gavin Rankin taking 2-28 , Gary Errington 3-27, Barry Cliffe 2-32 and John Hewett 3-52.

There was also a fine stumping by stand-in wicketkeeper Eric Thompson as New Hartley were bowled out for 139.

Overcoming this score was never going to be easy as the wicket was doing a bit, but club president Bob Zanetti rolled back the years even further than last week and scored a fine 44 before being caught and bowled by Chris Myers.

Monkseaton lost a few early wickets but contributions from Eric Thompson (19) and Barry Cliffe (15) inched them towards the total.

The game was finished off by an excellent batting display from Richard Anderson, who made an excellent 22 not out and a hard hitting 12 not out from Richard Parkinson.

Monkseaton won the game in losing five wickets, securing maximum points for the second week in a row.

The third team travelled to Blyth to play their second team.

Monkseaton batted first and made 139 with skipper Nigel Green scoring 35, John Durkin 26 and Jason Ellis 24.

Blyth knocked off the runs for the loss of two wickets with R O’Connor scoring 98 not out.

Next week the first team play Whitley Bay at Churchill, the seconds play Whitley Bay seconds at Whitley Bay and the thirds travel to play Bates Cottages’ second team.