Tynemouth’s Northumberland Cricket League season ended in a narrow defeat to promoted GEMs at Preston Avenue on Saturday.
With the background of a bustling Tynemouth Beer Festival and the birds of prey from Whitehouse Farm, it was a glorious afternoon to end the season for the Third Team.
Skipper Richie Hay won the toss and confidently elected to bat. Openers Tony Lion (12) and Carl Salvidge (4) made a steady start but both fell to Moghal. Chris Fairley imposed himself on the game and went on to make a valuable 63 before being run out.
His partners were the flamboyant Euan Stenhouse with a quick 12 and the more sedate Simon Ward with 25.
Russell Perry (9), Lee Reed (20 not out), Hay (8), and Dan Storey (9) helped Tynemouth to 216-8, which was aided by 54 extras.
GEM commenced their innings in typical style, hoping to finish the job in a hurry. Opener O Hussain was in fine hitting form and dominating the strike.
However, Don Catley took a stunning one handed catch at square leg to dismiss Faisal Ahmed for a duck.
The next three wickets fell to Max Robertson but denied a possible hat-trick. GEM were always ahead of the asking rate and Hussain had made 46 before Robertson trapped him lbw.
Stenhouse took a spectacular catch in the deep to dismiss Hassan for 26 and there was by now a fine balance to the game. The excitement intensified at Catley used both hands to take another good catch in the covers and Stenhouse repeated his dramatic contribution in the deep. However, numerous chances were put down as Xohaib Shahid hit a commanding 49 before Salvidge eventually caught him off the bowling of Storey.
An undefeated 49 from M Khan effectively then won the game for GEM in the final over. Bowling figures were Hay 1-34, Robertson 3-57, Perry 2-34, Lion 0-26, Catley 1-38 and Storey 1-27.
Tynemouth Thirds finished near the bottom of the Division 1 table with six wins, six draws and ten defeats.
It had been a good season for the club’s NE Premier teams with the First team finishing in am improved eighth place with seven wins and nine defeats. The Second Team were sixth.
• The annual fireworks display will be held at the club on Saturday, November 2, with the gates opening at 5pm. The bonfire will be lit at 6pm and the spectacular display will take place at 7pm.
Ticket prices are adult £4, children £2, family £10. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the cricket ground from Monday, October 28, to Saturday, November 2, from 10am to 4pm.
On the night there will be licensed bars, fairground attractions, refreshments, and a raffle.