Tynemouth’s good run ends in heavy defeat

Tynemouth’s First Team won the toss and decided to bat first in their match against Newcastle which was play at Jesmond.

Skipper Ben Debnam and Marcus Turner put on 35 for the first wicket before the former was caught for 21. Turner soon followed, also caught, for 13.

When Richie Straughan (11) and Matt Brown (6) went cheaply, Tynemouth were in trouble at 56-4 before Andrew Smith also went.

Ruhan Pretorious and Anthony Turner rescued the situation with a stand of 60 for the sixth wicket. Pretorious made 39 and Turner 44 with little further help from the tail as Tynemouth were dismissed for only 157 in 58 overs.

Newcastle’s reply saw the loss of three wickets for only 20 runs as David Hymers (2) and Finn Lonnberg struck well.

However, Jacques Du Toit (82 not out) and Ben Raine (50 not out) made no mistake in reaching the target in only 25 overs to win comfortably by seven wickets and halt Tynemouth’s recent good run.

The Second Team hosted Newcastle and the visitors achieved a higher scoring draw.

Newcastle batted first and scored 209-9 with Sam Robson in form to take 3-37.

Tynemouth’s reply relied on an impressive 87 not out from the popular Robson but no other batsman could stay with him to chase the target and Tynemouth fell short at 171-9, hanging on for the draw.

The Third Team hosted Bomarsund and skipper Tony Lion lost the toss with the visitors electing to bat.

John Haig and Colin Thornton put on 70 for the first wicket before Haig was caught in the deep by Lee Reed off Lion for 31. Ricky Handa struck to remove Thain for 16 and Don Catley finally enticed the stumping of Thornton for 39 with the score now 102-3.

Bomersund posted a modest target of 165-8 off the 50 overs.

Tynemouth replied with Geoff Simpson and Vince Howe. Simpson hit a quick-fire 18 and then was trapped lbw with the score on 23. Jack Byerley began a steady partnership with Howe but lost him for 11 with the score on 31.

Owen Bailey suffered the same fate for 6 and Tynemouth were in trouble at 37-3.

However, Lion arrived with intent to get well set before progressing the score. He and Byerley built a superb partnership. With the score on 113 and the target on the horizon Byerley was caught and bowled by Seccombe for an important and patient 39.

Hayward completed a good day with 15 not out as Lion registered 64 not out off. Tynemouth were home in the 36th over by six wickets and move up two places in the table.