Longstaff the hero with unbeaten century

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Tynemouth Firsts were the only team from Tynemouth Cricket Club to see any play on Saturday.

They travelled to Chester-le-Street, won the toss and skipper Ben Debnam elected to field in tricky conditions.

Tynemouth reduced their hosts to 99-6 thanks to 3-28 from David Hymers after Ruhan Pretorious had dismissed opener Simon Birtwisle for only 6.

Following rain interruptions there were also two wickets for Andrew Smith but the rain returned at 3.30pm to end the day’s play and deny Tynemouth a likely victory.

On Sunday, after tremendous work by groundsman Paul Jackson the Third team were able to host their NEPL fixture with Sunderland.

The visitors batted first and made 207-8 declared with Michael Fenwick hitting 112.

The opening Tynemouth bowlers each took wickets with Alex Tait claiming 3-27 and Nick McIntyre 2-23 to contain the rest of the innings.

The Tynemouth reply was all about a superb 113 not out from young Sean Longstaff batting at number 5. Tynemouth made 212-4 in only 33.4 overs to win by 6 wickets.

Opener Ben Newman hit 33 and Alex Tait supported Longstaff to the end with 22 not out.

This was a great victory for Tynemouth and thanks go to Paul Jackson for getting the game played.