Rain disrupts play for Tynemouth CC

John Carr and Tynemouth colleagues Steve Mordue, Ian Beever, Paul Lonnberg, Graeme Hallam and Phil Morse after their Hadrian's Wall Sponsored Walk which aims to raise in excess of �2,000.
John Carr and Tynemouth colleagues Steve Mordue, Ian Beever, Paul Lonnberg, Graeme Hallam and Phil Morse after their Hadrian's Wall Sponsored Walk which aims to raise in excess of �2,000.

WET weather washed out Tynemouth Cricket Club’s NE Premier League games against Stockton on Saturday.

And the Saturday third team were unable to make it out of the pavilion as they sought revenge for the Jo Loring Cup Final defeat against St Georges Rovers.

However, in a midweek game the second team progressed to the James Bell Cup semi-final with an emphatic nine-wicket win over visitors Bill Quay.

Stand-in skipper Russell Perry won the toss and put the opposition in to bat.

The Bill Quay openers were soon back in the pavilion with James Carr taking 2-12 in his first eventful over.

Cusheron and Bentham then took the attack to the bowlers with some fierce hitting, taking the score to 60-2.

A change of pace saw off spinner Nick Brown into the attack and his first ball accounted for Bentham, bowled for 29.

With his following ball Adams was caught by Storey, and when Alex Tait had Cusheron caught by Carr for 18 the whole momentum of the innings had changed.

Two further wickets for Brown and one for Finn Lonnberg saw the visitors dismissed for 103 in the 16th over, with Nick Brown finishing with 4-19.

In reply for Tynemouth, Dan Candlish and Chad Koen made easy work of the chase.

They had made 43 in five overs when Candlish skied a catch off Malley to fall for 18.

Koen continued the chase, hitting the ball with great brutality.

His 58 not out included tenfours and a six, and with Sam Robson chipping in with an improvised 17 not out, Tynemouth passed the required total in only 10.5 overs.

Koen, then playing in a midweek game for Rowlands, smashed seven sixes in an eight-ball over at Beamish to equal an all time league record established in 1987.

Rowlands made 124-6 and lost when Ryan McVittie hit a rapid 80 in Beamish’s 125-3 before being bowled by Tynemouth’s Don Catley, who took 2-20.

Further Tynemouth involvement was when several Tynemouth players old and young played in support of the Vikings CC away to Middleton in Teasdale CC.

This weekend Tynemouth first team entertain Durham Academy at Preston Avenue in an 11.30am start whilst on Friday the second team are at Ushaw Moor in the James Bell Cup with a 5.45pm start.

Elsewhere, club stalwart and fundraiser John Carr and his merry band returned to a heroes welcome as they completed the Hadrian’s Wall Sponsored Walk.

A crowd applauded the weary band as they entered the ground at the end of their walk last week.

John, whose previous exploits include a Land’s End to John O’Groats bike ride and the Tynemouth Bonfire Nights, expects the group to have raised in excess of £2,000 from the five-day 89-mile trek from Bowness on Solway in Cumbria along the Roman Wall to finish on Saturday afternoon at Tynemouth.

On his latest venture John was accompanied by Tynemouth colleagues Steve Mordue, Ian Beever, Paul Lonnberg, Graeme Hallam and Phil Morse, with support on sections of the walk by Wayne Falla, Ian Stewart, Alex Tait, Dave Longstaff and John Conway.

John had to contend with stubbing his toe on one section and having to drill a hole in it to relieve the pressure.

Chairman Russell Perry could not praise the group’s efforts highly enough, saying: “The guys did a phenomenal job.

“The weather was hot and the blisters on their feet are testimony to the hardship they endured to raise funds for the club.

“John’s fitness would be good for a man half his age.”

John admitted to being “a bit weary” after his trek but wanted to pay tribute to his fellow walkers and the back up team of Dave McManus and Peter Davison, without whom the whole event could not have run so smoothly.

John also expressed a warm thank you to his team and all who supported and sponsored the walk.