Monkseaton 1st team entertained Stobswood 1st team at Churchill on Saturday.
Skipper Cameron Butler won the toss and asked Stobswood to bat on a damp wicket, Stobswood made hard work of it wickets fell regularly.
John Hewett bowled a splendid spell. Although not taking any wickets, he bowled eight overs for only nine runs. His opening partner Gavin Rankin took one wicket, the returning Matty Kleynhans took two and Ian Mcdine bagged one.
The spinners did the most damage, Jordan Murphy taking one wicket thanks to a smart stumping by Ben Windass, but the star with the ball was Owen Rankin who recorded excellent figures of four for 25.
Monkseaton also made hard work of batting, losing three early wickets, but a good stand between skipper Cameron (17) and Owen Rankin (36) saw Monkseaton reach 80 for three but both batsmen were out within a few runs of each other.
A couple more wickets fell and things looked ominous for Monkseaton who needed 30 more runs with only three wickets left.
Richard Anderson up from the seconds continued his rich run of form with the bat batting beautifully to carry his bat for 19 n.o. A mention must be made to Gavin Rankin (11n.o.) who helped win the game by two wickets. Gavin, not renowned for his prowess with the bat, has been working hard on his technique in the nets, turning him into a very handy batsman.
The 2nd team travelled to play Stobswood 2nd team. Skipper Eric Thompson won the toss and decided to bat on a beautifull wicket the Monkseaton batsmen then proceeded to try and outdo each other finding more and more stupid ways to get out. They finally managed to score 148. The only score of note was 29 by the skipper and a tenacious 18 n.o. at the end from Tony Errington.
Stobswood opener K Dullaghan showed how to bat on this wicket and smashed 111n.o. out of 151, Monkseaton only managing to take two wickets.
The 3rd team entertained Kirkley 2nds at Priors Park but again failed badly with the bat managing only 47 with the last six batsmen not scoring a run between them. Monkseaton were able to bag three Kirkley wickets, Darren Drew taking two and Mark Graham one.
Next week the 1sts are at home to Hebburn 1sts, the 2nds are away to Bedlington 2nds and the 3rds do not have game.