TYNEMOUTH second team were narrowly defeated in the Roseworth Trophy final at home to Benwell Hill at the weekend.
Batting first, Tynemouth got off to a good start with Dan Candlish (36) and Ben Richardson (22) quickly into their stride.
However, both were trapped lbw and Tynemouth were at best even favourites on 76-4 as Andrew Davison and Ryan Macciochi fell cheaply.
The remainder of the innings was dominated by a superb 54 from Graeme Hallam as a target of 186 was set for the loss of eight wickets. Tony Lion (10), Chris Beever (10) and David Hayward (17) all gave support.
Opener Chambers (50) got the Hill off to a good start and Will Taylor (42) combined well as the Hill took up the challenge.
Russell Perry bowled a containing role with only 28 coming off his seven overs.
Finn Lonnberg, 2-39 off five, removed Ben Mussett and Will Taylor with catches by Candlish and Oliver McGee, who also took out Chambers thanks to a catch by Davison to record 1-23.
Macciochi (1-34) caught and bowled Alasdair Appleby to leave Hill on 143-4.
Hallam joined the attack with two wickets but another 36 off his six overs meant that the Hill won the Roseworth Trophy by four wickets in the 33rd over.
On Sunday in the James Bell Finals Day at Eppleton, the seconds defeated Lanchester in the semi-final.
Lanchester batted first and scored 114 with Ryan Macciochi bowling a superb 6-18.
Tynemouth then won by seven wickets, reaching the target in the 19th over. Hallam scored a splendid 74 not out and Dan Candlish an important 29.
In the final itself, a strong South Northumberland made no mistake. They took an unassailable 211-6 off 20 overs.
Tynemouth were mesmerised by this target and slumped to 94 all out with only Tony Turner’s 25 showing any signs of a resistance.
Tynemouth thirds’ season goes on yet another week as the Northumberland League plays catch up following the wet weather earlier this summer.
At Stobswood on Saturday the hosts won the toss and Richard Hay’s team took to the field in the sun and blustery wind.
The opening strike pair of Dan Storey and Ed Snelders both took a wicket as the Stobswood score moved on steadily to 38 off the first ten overs then 68 off 20.
Tynemouth, who lost Snelders to injury, had to then battle to contain the Stobswood lineup that turned out to be longer than anticipated, with the hosts eventually posting a flattering 215-9 off their 50 overs.
A good Tynemouth response relied on opener Nick Brown making an impact. After he made the first 11 runs on the board he was caught in the gully.
The rest of the team also faced up defiantly but Tynemouth slumped to 70 all out and seventh place in the table.
On Sunday the Thirds looked stronger but were playing at promotion chasing Kirkley. Again Tynemouth fielded first.
The hosts batted well to take all their batting points with a score of 216-9. Tynemouth’s wicket takers were Alex Tait 3-14, Richie Hay 1-30, Nick McIntyre 1-32, Phil Currell 3-63, Don Catley 2-44.
With the short boundary on offer Tynemouth had some hopes of winning this game but it was not to be.
Wickets fell at regular intervals leaving Tynemouth in trouble at 74-5 and then again at 85-8 before McIntyre and Catley picked up the first batting point before they were all out for 112.