Tynemouth into 20/20 finals day

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Tynemouth’s First Team had a superb 20/20 victory on Friday evening in the delayed home game with Eppleton.

They won the toss and batted first, amassing 159-7 with skipper Ben Debnam hitting a commanding 79, supported by Andrew Ireland who hit 31.

Eppleton went close with their reply, making 135-6 with two wickets each for David Hymers and Ruhan Pretorious and one each for Andrew Ireland and Ryan Macciocchi.

The win sees Tynemouth through to the finals day on Sunday, also on home grass.

In sharp contrast to the euphoria of Friday night, the First Team struggled badly in the light of Saturday morning when visitors Hetton Lyons took early wickets of Nick Armstrong (10), Andrew Smith (5) and Matthew Brown (7) with real pace bowling from M Pollard (3-29) and G Scott (1-24).

Opener and skipper Ben Debnam held the innings together for a while with 36 with Ruhan Pretorious hitting 36 at number 5 bat. Marcus Turner came in at number 6 to hit a characteristic 41 and give the innings some respectability and Andrew Ireland another 19. However, Tynemouth were dismissed quite early in the day for only 169 on a good batting track.

The Lyons won by four wickets after Tynemouth had themselves taken three early wickets. David Hymers with 2-50 and Smith 3-38 gave Tynemouth hope but J Clay (41) and S Tindale (39) saw Lyons achieve their target.

Tynemouth are now seventh in the NEPL table.

The Second Team travelled to the Lyons and were asked to field first. Lyons posted 183 all out in 50.1 overs with young Ryan Macciocchi taking 5-57 and veteran Tony Lion taking 4-32 of 8 overs including top scorer Jack McBeth (78).

The Tynemouth reply disappointed and was well slumped at 86-7 despite 23 from in-form Chris Fairley and 48 from Andrew Davison.

There was a late recovery and some hope for Tynemouth with Macciocchi again excelling with 33 runs and David Hayward (26) in a stand of 63. When Macciocchi was also out at 159-9 there was still hope but Chris Miller was immediately caught and the game was lost by 24 runs.

The Third Team travelled to Cramlington having lost numerous players to illness, work and Second team call ups, with only nine players available.

The nine surprised their hosts by claiming three cheap wickets with Cramlington struggling at 11-3. However, the hosts fought back to post 260-8 off their 50 overs.

The Tynemouth reply saw the quick losses of Ben Richardson (0), Euan Stenhouse (15) and Simon Ward (5) with opener Mike McIntyre stubbornly holding up one end for 10 overs without scoring.

There was a glimmer from the mid-order with Lee Reed hitting an impressive 41 and Handa (24) taking the score to 78 off 20 overs and a stand of 60 to 86-5.

Tynemouth were dismissed for 105 in the 30th over and slip to sixth in the table.