Tynemouth left to rue batting collapse

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Following their Twenty20 win over Whitburn last Friday, Tynemouth’s First Team hosted the highly placed South Northumberland on Saturday.

Ruhan Pretorious had the visitors reeling with a terrific spell of bowling after skipper Ben Debnam won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first.

Pretorious took 6-43 to help dismiss South North for only 174. There were also wickets for David Hymers (1-17) and Phil Morse (1-47) as the visitors recovered from being 40-5.

Tynemouth were up for the big win and had a superb start to their innings with Debnam and Nick Armstrong posting 57 for the first wicket before Debnam fell lbw. Marcus Turner (13) also went lbw to leave the hosts 90-2.

However, Crozier had Armstrong caught for a splendid 50 and then continued to reek havoc amongst the batsmen, aided by Joe Coyne. It was the end of a sad story as Crozier 6-43 and Coyne 3-17 dismissed Tynemouth for a poor 120 in only the 44th over.

It was an opportunity missed and leaves Tynemouth firmly lodged in tenth place in the Premier table.

The Second Team travelled to Gosforth to play South Northumberland Seconds. The hosts batted first and scored 211 with Ryan Macciocchi taking 3-68.

Tynemouth won the game with Jamie Coates hitting 58 and skipper Graeme Hallam a superb, controlled and undefeated 72.

Both Third Teams were disappointed by the weather on Sunday with no play possible at Preston Avenue and a pointless two overs at Stockton.

Tynemouth Under 11 played their first home game of the season as Tillside made the long trip to Preston Avenue for a league fixture. Tom King made his debut for the hosts.

Tynemouth batted first and scored 37 to give them a total of 237 to try and defend against a youthful Tillside team.

The opening batsmen for Tillside were both county players and scored 24 runs without losing any wickets. Although the Tynemouth bowlers then slowed down the run rate, King was the only one who took a wicket as the visitors finished on 250.