Six-wicket haul for Morse sets up win

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TYNEMOUTH secured their first win of the season at Gateshead Fell thanks to the bowling of Phil Morse and a century partnership between Patrick Botha and Mark Wood.

The Fell batted first and were dismissed for 173, thanks mainly to Morse who recorded an impressive 6-25.

The first five batsmen each recorded runs in the 20s and 30s, with the early wickets being taken by David Hymers (1-41) and Nat Watkins (2-46) before Morse tore through the Fell innings.

There was an early smart run out by Richie Straughan and a stumping by young Euan Stenhouse which terminated the innings.

In reply, Tynemouth saw Straughan caught for six and skipper Ben Debnam caught for 19 by Khan, who also snapped up Armstrong for 16.

Botha showed his worth to Tynemouth with an impressive display and 84 not out, supported by Mark Wood 47 not out, as Gateshead were denied any further wickets.

Tynemouth were quite comfortable in their deserved win.

They moved up to sixth in the table after six games and this weekend host tenth placed Stockton.

In the reverse fixture, the second team hosted Gateshead Fell at Preston Avenue.

Captain Andrew Lineham won the toss and chose to bat first on what looked like a very good batting track.

Tynemouth got off to a brisk start with Danny Candlish quickly into his stride.

But with the score on 69, Candlish succumbed to the bowling of Malik for 49.

Marcus Turner was then dropped twice before he had scored and these proved to be costly errors from the Fell fielders.

After Anthony Turner fell for 27, Marcus Turner and Andrew Lineham put on 264 for the third wicket partnership before Turner was run out for 175 off 122 balls, which included 11 sixes.

With a view to declare after 50 overs, Lineham declared falling short of his century, finishing on 99 not out with Tony Lion unbeaten on one at the other end as Tynemouth reached 376-4.

After tea, Tynemouth made an early breakthrough when Finn Lonnberg got rid of the dangerous Devenport.

However, on a very good batting wicket, after Gateshead had faced their full 55 overs, Tynemouth had managed to take just seven wickets shared by Lonnberg (3), McGee (3) and Macciochi (1).

Afterwards, the captain took full responsibility and with the benefit of hindsight would have ignored his senior colleagues and declared much earlier.

Tynemouth took 15 points to Gateshead’s ten.

The Saturday thirds came off second best at Hebburn. They batted first and were dismissed for 137 in 33 overs.

Hebburn made no mistake in their reply with 138-2 in only the 23rd over.

Tynemouth are now lodged at the bottom of the division one table.

In their second game of the season, the Thursday thirds travelled to Humshaugh and restricted the hosts to 83-6.

The wickets were shared between Andrew Davison 3-34 and Jack Byerley 3-18 after tight bowling from Max Robertson and Richie Hay.

However, this low total proved too much, even with Phil Morse (14) in the side.

New recruit Michael Parker impressed on his debut with 18 and the swashbuckling Hay showed new prowess with a quick fire 19.

However, Tynemouth were dismissed five runs short of victory.

n Tynemouth U11 263 (+63), Benwell Hill U11 237 (+37)

Tynemouth Under-11s got their league campaign under way with a tricky looking match against Benwell Hill.

Dan McGee was back to captain the side and won the toss, electing to field first.

McGee led from the front, taking three wickets to dent the visitors’ scoring while there was also success for Ben Chater.

In reply, Tynemouth’s top scorers were McGee (22) and Bradley Ord (13) while all the other batsmen also contributed as Tynemouth scored 63 to win by 26 runs.