Tynemouth comfortably placed after taking higher scoring draw

Tynemouth hosted Whitburn on Saturday and after losing the toss were put in to bat on a good wicket but with a blustery wind invading the Preston Avenue square.

Skipper Ben Debnam and Nick Armstrong made a steady start, putting on 34 for the first wicket before the latter fell, caught off the bowling of Scott Condy for 18.

Debnam went on with Graeme Hallam to make 40 before he was caught with the score at a useful 80-2.

Hallam hit a valuable 51, first in partnership with Richie Straughan who made 18 and then with the in-form Matt Brown who top scored with 65.

Runs continued to flow with Phil Morse hitting 13 and Andrew Smith batting at number nine recording 19 as Tynemouth declared on 241-9 in the 58th over.

Condy claimed 4-75 and Kieran Waterstone 3-52 taken in his second spell.

The Whitburn reply saw the loss of Dan Shurben trapped lbw by Smith for only nine with the score on 21.

The rest of the top order stuck in and made contributions but, after reaching 75-4 with Smith and David Hymers in control, the rest of the batsmen all made low scores.

Rain had reduced the number of available overs to 50 and Whitburn survived this revised allocation but with only 121-8 on the board.

This gave Tynemouth a higher scoring draw to help consolidate a comfortable mid-table position.

Smith claimed 2-19 off 11 overs, Morse 3-13 off seven and Ryan Macciocchi 2-7 off seven. Tahir Khan bowled the most overs with 1-43 off 18, but the final wickets would not fall.

The second team travelled to Sunderland and also lost the toss but fielded first.

Richie Hay tore in to the top order to knock over the first three batsmen in a spell of ten overs which produced 3-37.

Of these three, Ben Laws scored 35 but Adam Applegarth just 15 and opener Craig Dowell only one.

However, from 55-3, Sunderland recovered to 121 with a good stand by Craig Burdon 27 and Michael Crooney 37, both stumped by the alert David Hayward.

Five wickets then fell for only 14 runs with Tony Lion taking 4-16 off eight overs and Sam Robson 2-35 also off eight. Sunderland posted only 147-9 declared off 36 overs.

Tynemouth’s reply got off to a poor start and they were soon 21-3, all lbw to Joseph Stuart.

Andrew Davidson managed to steady the ship, batting at number four, despite another wicket going down before Sam Robson joined him in a productive stand.

This pair took the score to 61 when Davison was caught for 26. Lion was then run out for only two before Hayward joined Robson to good effect.

Robson fell caught for 55 with the job almost done but 37 not out from Hayward sealed a good victory.

Tynemouth posted 149-7 in the 39th over with Stuart taking 4-34 off his 15 overs.

The third team visited neighbours Whitley Bay, where the hosts won the toss and elected to field.

Skipper Ed Snelders sent in the father and son combination Jon and Henry Malton to open the Tynemouth account.

The son fell for only three, bowled by Ivan Pearson.

This brought Ian Stewart in at number three and he was on fire with some big hitting that had Whitley questioning the intended format of the game.

Harvey Malton (4) and father Jon (18) were each dismissed while Stewart exploited the gaps in the field.

Richard Warwick again impressed with an attacking 35 and there were double figure scores for Mike McIntyre (14) and Ben Chater (13).

However, the impetus of the innings was lost when Stewart was caught at the wicket for 63.

Rain showers interrupted the later stages of the innings as Tynemouth were dismissed for a competitive 191.

Pearson and Stephen Parsons each claimed three wickets and there were two for Will Ravenhall with skipper Kirk employing nine bowlers.

Whitley came out to the sunshine and Mark Harris and Ravenhall showed full intent to make up for lost time.

Harris showed his strength on the offside with 18 runs almost all through the covers before Snelders snapped up a sharp caught and bowled.

This only brought Liam Tobin to the crease and with Ravenhall the two left handers soon grew in confidence.

Tynemouth’s decent score soon looked insufficient as the bowlers were all dismissed to the boundary.

Don Catley had Ravenhall well caught in the deep by Jon Malton for 48 but a similar chance to take out Tobin instead took Malton over the boundary for a six.

Tobin reached 90 not out with Pearson getting a quick 15 not out to deny Tobin three figures as Whitley won home by eight wickets in only the 29th over.

The Tynemouth bowling figures endorse the powerful hitting of the left handers: Snelders 1-40 off eight overs, Warwick 0-27 (7), Henry Malton 0-43 (4), Catley 1-39 (6), Stewart 0-27 (2) and Harvey Malton 0-12 (1.1).

Tynemouth are now firmly lodged at the base of the Northumberland League first division whilst neighbours Bay have risen well in recent weeks.