Three wins for Tynemouth teams over the weekend

Tynemouth players celebrating after Andrew Smith (second from right), took a wicket with his first ball. Picture by Colin Edwards
Tynemouth players celebrating after Andrew Smith (second from right), took a wicket with his first ball. Picture by Colin Edwards

On Saturday all three Tynemouth teams enjoyed convincing wins.

The first team hosted Hetton Lyons and chose to make use of a good wicket, however, they were held to a poor score of 176 all out after a good second wicket stand of 71 by Marcus Turner (26) and Stuart Poynter (57).

Tynemouth's Tahir Khan batting against Hetton Lyons. Picture by Colin Edwards

Tynemouth's Tahir Khan batting against Hetton Lyons. Picture by Colin Edwards

But there then followed a collapse as Cameron Greenwood took 5-23 off only 9.1 overs. He was aided by 4-49 from Ben Whitehead as the change bowlers did the damage.

Only an eighth wicket stand of 50 by Chris Fairley (23) and Finn Lonnberg (25) gave the score a glimmer of respectability.

However, Tynemouth bounced back after the change of innings and wickets fell steadily in the keen fielding display with a good crowd supporting the team.

Hetton were dismissed for 130 in 47.1 overs of defensive batting. Only Whitehead at number eight offered the visitors any hope as he knocked up 60 and manipulated most of the strike.

Tynemouth's Andrew Smith celebrates a wicket against Hetton Lyons. Picture by Colin Edwards

Tynemouth's Andrew Smith celebrates a wicket against Hetton Lyons. Picture by Colin Edwards

The Tynemouth bowlers shared the wickets: David Hymers 1-23; Lonnberg 3-21; Tahir Khan 2-32; Andrew Smith 1-16; Sean Longstaff 2-9 and Martin Pollard 1-24.

This sees Tynemouth second top of the Premier League, only five points behind Newcastle.

The second team won the reverse fixture at Hetton, and then on Sunday also beat Mainsford in the second round of the Premier League second teams bowl. They hit an impressive 318-8 in 45 overs before dismissing their hosts for only 122.

The third team continued their good season with a home victory over Bomarsund seconds.

Tynemouth appeal for a wicket against Hetton Lyons. Picture by Colin Edwards

Tynemouth appeal for a wicket against Hetton Lyons. Picture by Colin Edwards

The visitors elected to bat first and posted 129 as they almost survived the 40 overs before Ed Snelders took his fourth wicket in the 39th over.

Bomarsund had little answer to the early pace attack of Richie Hay 3-31 and Nick McIntyre 1-21, with the majority of the runs coming from edges that whizzed behind to the boundary.

Don Catley only took 1-32 off nine overs into the wind, but Snelders came up trumps with the wind behind him to record an impressive 4-17 off 9.4 overs.

There was a stunning catch by Dave Mahan early in the game which certainly set the fielding standard. For Bomer, Gary Bell resisted with 31.

The Tynemouth reply saw an opening stand of 70 from Mahan (27) and Chris Grieveson (54), who was lbw in the final over with the result not in question.

He had been supported well by the maturing Finn Hodgson on 19 not out. Matty Longstaff was called on to face one ball which eluded the very short mid-on and raced to the boundary to end the game.

On Friday, England’s Mark Wood will officially open the new nets, provided by a donation from the SITA Trust, at about 5.15pm. This will be followed by the first team T20 match against Willington, who currently top the division one of the NEPL.

Spectators are encouraged to attend what should be an enjoyable evening.

Thursday, June 9: Academy v South Shields, home, 6pm, Banks Cup; U11 Kwik Cricket Festival @TCC.

Friday, June 10: 1sts v Willington, home, 6pm, NEPL T20; U13s v Alnmouth & Lesbury or Benwell Hill, home, U13 Cup quarter-final.

Saturday, June 11: 1sts v Eppleton, away, 11.30am, NEPL Premier Division; 2nds v Sacriston, home, 1pm, NEPL Div 2; 3rds v Backworth 2nds, away, 1.30pm, NCL Div 2.

Sunday, June 12: 2nds v Sacriston & Whitburn, at Sacriston, 2nds and 3rds’ games 1.30pm and 5.15pm starts TBC; U13s v Ponteland, away, 10am, NJL; U11s v Backworth, home.