Tynemouth suffer collapse

TYNEMOUTH suffered a heavy defeat at home to Chester-le-Street in their penultimate NEPL fixture of the season.

After a good start by openers Richie Straughan (16) and skipper Ben Debnam (18) there was a total collapse, with the captain ruing his decision to bat.

It was Andy Tye who inflicted the damage, taking five wickets in 12 oves for only ten runs.

Of the rest of the order, only Andrew Davison made double figures – 13.

Tynemouth were back in the pavilion all out for 78 runs.

Chester made no mistakes with their reply. Openers Simon Birtwisle and Quentin Hughes shared the runs required and were home in 22 overs.

The ten wickets defeat was followed by a loss to a strong South Northumberland side in the Banks Salver Final at Preston Avenue on Sunday.

Tynemouth batted first and doubled their Saturday score to 170 all out with Richie Straughan hitting a splendid 61.

However, South North won by four wickets thanks to 65 not out from J Miller and 43 from J Coyne.

The seconds were also defeated on Saturday at Chester-le-Street. From a reasonable position wickets tumbled and this halted their recent good run.

Chester posted 219-6 with Graeme Hallam taking 3-44 but Tynemouth were dismissed for 102 with Hallam making 42.

The thirds were displaced to Backworth, to accommodate the Banks Salver, to play Hebburn.

Tynemouth batted first and were all out for 103. There was a late recovery in a 50-run stand by young Phil Currell and veteran Russell Perry. Currell made an impressive 41.

Hebburn replied successfully with the loss of six wickets.

Tynemouth Under-11s hosted an end of season tri-team competition featuring Percy Main and Benwell Hill.

Tynemouth faced Percy Main in the opening game and having lost the toss were put into bat. There was strong battling from Charlie Johnson (12) and Jamie Wills (16) as they set a competitive target of 34.

In reply, the Tynemouth bowlers took regular wickets to leave Percy Main -30 at one stage before some late hitting by Lauri Robson (15) saw them finish on -14.

Benwell Hill then beat Percy Main to leave the final Tynemouth v Benwell Hill match as a winner takes all game.

Tynemouth once again batted first and finished on 46 with the loss of only two wickets. Captain Dan McGee top scored with 17 and Wills hit 16.

Tight bowling from Tynemouth left Benwell Hill requiring 28 off the final three overs. Benwell Hill’s wicket-keeper made a good fist of it with 16 but they finished nine short of the Tynemouth target.

On Saturday, the first team are at Blaydon, 11am start, while the second team are at home to Blaydon seconds, 12.30pm start.