Tynemouth hold on to claim points in losing draw

Tynemouth's Marcus Turner in action against Chester-le-Street.

Tynemouth's Marcus Turner in action against Chester-le-Street.

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Tynemouth hosted Chester-le-Street on Saturday and held on for a losing draw.

The visitors won the toss and elected to make use of the superb looking square despite blustery conditions.

Tynemouth's Andrew Smith in action against Chester-le-Street.

Tynemouth's Andrew Smith in action against Chester-le-Street.

After an early wicket for David Hymers, opener Simon Birtwisle and Chester’s Andrew Smith took the score on to 99 when Smith was stumped by Matt Brown off Tahir Khan for 54, including nine fours.

With no addition to the score, Birtwisle became Tony Turner’s second catch, this time off the bowling of Tynemouth’s Andrew Smith having scored a solid 44 with seven fours.

Quentin Hughes then controlled the remainder of the innings, making 75 not out in the total of 273-6 declared.

Smith claimed 3-62 off 15 overs and Khan 2-70 off 20 overs.

Chad Paul Koen of Tynemouth, who scored 18 off 19 balls against Chester-le-Street. Picture by Colin Edwards

Chad Paul Koen of Tynemouth, who scored 18 off 19 balls against Chester-le-Street. Picture by Colin Edwards

The Tynemouth reply saw the loss of skipper Ben Debnam for only eight, but Marcus Turner (44) and Smith took the score to 81 before Turner was trapped lbw as the first of Hughes’ four victims.

Brown was caught off Hughes for 24 at 115-3 before Smith went for 35 in a similar fashion and with only another three runs on the board.

At 116-4, Tynemouth were already struggling and the loss of Khan for six, also caught off Hughes, meant it was time to close ranks and preserve the tail.

Tony Turner stuck to the task well with 32, aided by the promoted Chad Koen with 18.

Tynemouth's Christopher Fairley playing at the ball against Chester-le-Street. Picture by Colin Edwards

Tynemouth's Christopher Fairley playing at the ball against Chester-le-Street. Picture by Colin Edwards

Chris Fairley disappointed with only two, being caught and bowled, but then a final pairing of 16 not out by Ryan Macciocchi and 19 not out from Finn Lonnberg denied Chester the win they craved.

Tynemouth ended with a losing draw on 209-8 off 64 overs. Hughes claimed 4-22 off a tight 16 overs.

The second team travelled to Chester-le-Street and were also asked to field first.

Chester seconds scored 249-2 in 47 overs with Josh Wilson hitting 105 not out with 11 fours and two sixes.

He had good company in a stand of 116 for the second wicket with Matthew Cranston, run out by James Carr for 72.

Carr had earlier claimed the first wicket by having the dangerous Tony Birbeck caught by Andrew Davison for only ten.

Adam Nairn then pitched in with 49 not out as Tynemouth’s six bowlers all toiled.

Tynemouth in reply were soon 43-4 as top order wickets fell cheaply.

There was hope as Andrew Lineham returned to form with 46, supported by 26 from Carr who was having a good all round game, but Tynemouth were dismissed for 122 in the 42nd over.

Opener Niall Piper had to leave the field but returned late on to be ninth wicket down for 19 scored.

Joe Riley and Chris Metcalfe each claimed three wickets.

The third team made the short journey to Cochrane Park, via Heaton Medicals, to play the Civil Service.

Skipper for the day Simon Ward won the toss. For once Tynemouth elected to bat first but unfortunately they only made 90 all out in 34.1 overs before the early tea interval.

James Yeomans batted well to top score with an opener’s knock of 30 but, apart from this good performance, only 12 from Lee Reed broke into double figures.

Tynemouth were gifted 24 extras but only 66 off the bat is not acceptable for a 50 overs game.

Wickets were shared by the four Civils bowlers.

The Civils’ reply was almost academic with an opening stand of 47 secured by G Hunter (22) and Shraven Nallangoni (31), although Neil Bennett took 2-38 off his 6.5 overs including a sharp caught and bowled.

Don Catley, one of the heroes from the defeat of Hebburn the previous week, was also promoted to opening bowler but could not deliver this time and suffered 26-0 off four overs with a good chance dropped.

Young Harvey Malton caused some uncertainty in the Civils order with a fantastic spell of 5-2-7-2, supported by Yeomans 3-0-16-1 and a good catch by Jon Malton.

However, Civils won home comfortably by five wickets in only the 19th over.

This reversal sent Tynemouth back to the bottom of division one with an uncomfortable trip to Stobswood ahead on Saturday.