Tynemouth CC easy easy victory at bottom club Gateshead Fell

Muhammad Tahir Khan batting for Tynemouth against South Northumberland. Picture by Colin Edwards

Muhammad Tahir Khan batting for Tynemouth against South Northumberland. Picture by Colin Edwards

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Tynemouth enjoyed a relatively easy victory at bottom of the table club Gateshead Fell at the weekend.

Tynemouth won the toss and inserted their hosts.

There were two quick wickets, both catches by keeper Matt Brown and reward for accurate bowling by David Hymers and Phil Morse.

The Fell then progressed from 10-2 to 58-3 as Malik Javed made progress with the bat.

He lost his partner Chris Russo caught and bowled by Tahir Khan for 29.

Khan also took out Javed in the same manner for 61 and claimed a cheap third wicket to give him 3-18 off 11 overs of spin.

However, it was Ryan Macciocchi with a superb 5-25 off only 7.3 overs that then reduced the Fell to 122 all out by only the 34th over.

For once, Tynemouth achieved an easy target and won by three wickets after a few scares.

They recovered from 28-3 thanks to a stand by Richie Straughan 32 and Brown with a match winning 56 not out. From 88-7, Macciocchi 13 not out and Brown secured the much needed win over bottom club Fell.

For Gateshead, Barry McCarthy 3-35 and Sam Roseby 3-26 threatened but did not destroy the Tynemouth innings.

The second team hosted Gateshead Fell and were asked to bat first.

They made full use of their 50 overs with nine overs lost due to a delayed start.

All the top five bats made runs with Andrew Lineham hitting an impressive 71 not out.

Openers Tony Turner 22 and Chris Fairley 25 gave the innings a good start and they were backed up with 31 form Ben Richardson and 15 from Carl Salvidge.

The remainder of the line up were victims of Chris Elliott who pitched in with 4-50 off nine overs with Lineham scoring as wickets fell around him.

Tynemouth posted a competitive 195-8.

The Fell were then dismissed for 121 in the 45th over, which included a frustrating last wicket stand of 25 runs as Elliott scored 26.

Owen Gourley was the stand out bowler for Tynemouth with 5-19 off 12 overs.

His opening strike partner Russell Perry claimed 2-42 off 11 overs.

The two Premier League wins were a real boost for the club at this stage of the season.

The third team made the short trip to Cramlington in another fixture which survived the Friday night deluge. Skipper Simon Ward won the toss and elected to field and make use of the moist conditions.

There was an early success as Ed Snelders had Jon Marshall acrobatically caught by Ricky Handa for only two.

However, a long stand by Dan Craddock 52 and Dan Younger 105 not out took the score to 97 when Don Catley trapped Craddock lbw. Catley went on to take 3-54 off his full allocation of 13 overs.

There was a second wicket for Snelders with 2-65 off his 13 but no joy for Dan Storey 0-81 off 12. Cramlington amassed 284-6, helped by 36 in wides, from their 50 overs as the support bowlers were also punished: Connor Lonnberg 0-39 off 8 overs; Tom Stoetzel 0-19 (2) and Ricky Handa 0-21 (2). Snelders took a catch at third slip for Catley and Lonnberg one for Snelders.

Younger made no mistakes in his big score but hard hitting Bryan Walker in at number seven was run out for 37.

The Tynemouth reply saw a quick 28 from Storey in a hurry, but then there was not further serious contribution as the innings collapsed to 52 all out. The last few overs saw Mike McIntyre and Catley defending well without adding to the score but McIntyre was finally caught in the 21st over.

Ben Cuthbertson with 4-18 and Alan Livingstone 4-13 did the damage after Storey had punished Walker who conceded 24 off 4 overs.

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