Perry may step down from role with Tynemouth Cricket Club

Tynemouth Cricket Club chairman Russell Perry has said he might be forced to stand down at the end of the season due to work commitments.

Speaking at the club’s AGM at their Preston Avenue ground, he said commitments with the Northumberland Cricket Board and his work could mean his ninth year as chairman could be his last.

But despite that, he was keen to complete the work around the second pitch development to cater for the large numbers of young people at the club.

Mr Perry, who said he would address his position at the end of the season, said he was pleased with the way the team matured on the pitch in 2013.

“A team consisting largely of home grown players finished eighth in the NE Premier League and reached two cup finals and we were truly competitive,” he said.

“Indeed, but for a couple of weather interruptions in what was a sunny summer for the first time in three years, we would have finished even higher in NEPL.”

The club employed South African Ruhan Pretorius who contributed with bat and ball. On the batting side he was ably supported by Ben Debnam, Nick Armstrong, Matthew Brown and Graeme Hallam.

On the bowling front Pretorious’s 41 wickets was only exceeded by David Hymers whose 49 wickets at an average of 13.86 gained him selection for Northumberland, where he was joined by Phil Morse who took 27 wickets at 20.

The Second Team had a mixed season, winning the James Bell Cup final at Blaydon and are still to play the Roseworth Trophy Final which was carried forward to 2014 due to weather.

In the Northumberland League, the Saturday Thirds avoided relegation by virtue of a league re-organisation.

The development of younger players continued significantly with no fewer than four players – Ben McGee, Ollie McGee, Finn Lonnberg and Ryan Macciocchi – in the ECB Emerging Players system with Durham Academy.

Off the field the club continue to make good progress and have well established links with the local community, including the feeder schools in the area.

A second playing square on the adjacent field took great strides to fruition following a grant from a North Tyneside Council Play and Youth Capital Fund. The new grass square was laid in August and will be matured in time for April 2015.

Preparations for the 2014 season are already well under way with indoor senior sessions on Mondays from 8pm to 10pm at Kings Priory Academy.

All members or players interested in joining the club are invited to attend. Contact club captain Ben Debnam on Ben.debnam@nigelwright.com or by mobile 07595 298196 for further details.