Promising Pretorius debut not enough for Tynemouth

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Tynemouth’s First Team suffered an opening day defeat in their 2013 North East Premier League campaign despite a debut five-wicket haul from South African professional Ruhan Pretorius.

Tynemouth faced the youngsters of Durham Academy and fell 50 runs short on a bitterly cold day.

Winning the toss and putting the opposition in, Tynemouth’s opening attack of youngster Finn Lonnberg and Pretorius, supported by Andrew Smith and Nick Armstrong, reduced the Durham side to 38-4.

A partnership of 46 between Reece Carr (44) and Andy Ireland looked to have steadied the innings before Pretorius came roaring back as Durham slumped to 100-7.

Durham then progressed to 137-8 and 180 all out. Pretorius took 5-28, Lonnberg 1-24, Smith 2-25, Armstrong 1-15 and McGee 1-63.

In reply, Ben Debnam and Marcus Turner added 23 for the first wicket before Debnam fell for 12. Turner then went for 19 and Smith fell with the score on 45 to put Tynemouth on the back foot.

Pretorius took 12 off an over and looked a useful batsman until he was deceived by the impressive Mosley’s arm ball for 18. Despite a stylish 35 from Nick Armstrong the Tynemouth innings petered out to 130 all out.

Left arm spinner Max Mosley finished with 8-28.

Durham 22 points, Tynemouth 6 points.

Sunderland are the visitors to Preston Avenue this weekend.

Elsewhere, Tynemouth’s Northumberland Cricket League Third Team lost by seven wickets at Monkseaton after finishing on 127, despite 43 not out by keeper-batsman Simon Ward.

The NEPL Sunday Third Team put up a creditable performance against Chester le Street despite 23 unavailable players. Chester batted first and made 245-5, thanks to a six-wicket stand of 110 between Summers (119 no) and Eagle (50 no). Tynemouth made a respectable 204 all out in reply, with skipper Tony Turner hitting 114.

The Wellstream Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League C Division Third Team were away at Ashington for the delayed 2012 Ian Appleby Cup Final.

The Tynemouth innings failed to get going and they were all out for 74. In reply, Ashington also lost regular wickets but scrapped home by one wicket.