Tynemouth Cricket Club’s First Team lost away to Blaydon in their third defeat of the 2013 North East Premier League campaign.
Tynemouth were put into bat and were dismissed for only 119, thanks in part to 21 from Ruhan Pretorious, 14 by Andrew Smith and a late rally from Chris Beever who hit 36 off 37 balls, including seven fours.
The Blaydon reply saw two early wickets for David Hymers but the hosts won home by seven wickets with Allan Worthy hitting an unbeaten 59. Phil Morse claimed the third Blaydon wicket.
The defeat has Tynemouth at the foot of the Premier table but the team are sure that improvements to results can and will be made.
The Second Team were at home to Blaydon Seconds and also batted first, eventually being all out for 162 thanks to Graeme Hallam (30), Ben McGee (21), Andrew Davison (18) and David Hayward (34 not out).
It was an exciting game as Blaydon scored steadily in reply but wickets also fell. Hallam claimed 3-45 and Finn Lonnberg 3-33 but Blaydon completed the double over Tynemouth with a one wicket victory.
The Northumberland Cricket League Third Team visited Whitley Bay on Saturday and invited their hosts to bat first with rain threatening. Whitley Bay were restricted to 209 all out, with the pick of the bowlers being Dan Storey (5-19) and Ed Snelders (3-66) as the visitors took the maximum five bowling points.
One interlude for rain had reduced the game to 44 overs but this was always going to be a challenge for Tynemouth’s fragile batting line up. Despite some big hitting, Tynemouth were all out for 88 as Whitley Bay won by 121 to lead the table, with Tynemouth second bottom.
In the Wilson Memorial Cup Tynemouth team batted first against Monkseaton and scored 148-1 off their 20 overs. However, this good total was overhauled by Monkseaton who won by five wickets with ten balls to spare.
The Thursday Thirds recorded their first win under new skipper Lee Reed with a 58 runs victory at Benwell and Walbottle. Tony Lion opened and hit 67 not out as they reached 120-6 off 20 overs.
Elsewhere, a vastly inexperienced Tynemouth Under 11 side featuring six players making their debuts recorded a comfortable win over rivals Newcastle.
Tynemouth finished on 224 (+24) while the bowlers took regular wickets as Newcastle finished on 177 (-23).