ON Saturday Monkseaton first team entertained Kirkley at Churchill playing fields, where skipper Owen Rankin won the toss and asked the visitors to bat.
The bowlers initially struggled against the openers Rowe and Johnson who put on nearly 100 for the first wicket, once these had been removed wickets started to fall steadily.
Ian McDine bowled his usual economic spell to no avail while the other opening bowler Scotty Graham took two wickets.
The skipper rotated the bowling, even bringing himself on with occasional off-spin.
But the pick of the bowlers was his brother Gavin, who came on fourth change and took a splendid 4-29, Chris Coulson 2-33 and Matty Kleyhans 1-19 also chipped in, leaving Kirkley 155-9.
A mention went to two fine catches by Richard Parkinson for the home side.
Monkseaton’s batsmen struggled in reply, losing their first five wickets cheaply.
The innings was rallied somewhat by a hard hitting 32 from Matty Kleyhans, but alas they finished 82 all out.
The seconds travelled to play Kirkley seconds at their ground, where stand-in skipper John Hewett won the toss and inserted the opposition.
Kirkley’s batsmen proved no match against the impressive Monkseaton bowling attack and were bowled out for 61.
John Hewett taking 3-7, Gary Errington 2-5, who at one point bowled six overs for one run, Barry Cliffe took 2-18, John Bishop 2-26 and Jordan Murphy 1-12.
Monkseaton then made short work of the run chase, knocking off the runs for the loss of only one wicket.
Veteran Bob Zanetti scored a classy 42 not out, ably assisted by an unbeaten 16 from Nigel Green.
The thirds played Ulgham seconds at Priors Park, and the bowlers acquitted themselves well getting the opposition out for 87.
Terry Lee took three wickets, Malcolm Anderson two, Mario Borg one and Dave Turnbull, in his first bowl for Monkseaton taking 3-18. There was also a fine run out from Dave Barnett.
Unfortunately the batsmen couldn’t emulate the bowlers and were all out for 26. Top scorer was Henry Marshall, who got six.
Next week the firsts are at home to Stobswood, the seconds are away to Stobswood seconds in a top of the table clash and the thirds travel to play Blyth seconds.