Tynemouth Cricket Club Firsts capitulated to defeat against Chester-le-Street which saw them slip down the league.
Chester found themselves 53-3 before 54 from John Coxon helped move the score on and they eventually declared on 190-9 in the 60th over.
For Tynemouth, Andrew Smith took 4-58, David Hymers 3-43, and Ruhan Pretorious 1-49.
Tynemouth’s reply should be confined to the archives as they were dismissed for only 102 in the 36th over. Opener Nick Armstrong scoring 32 the only real significance and the sixth wicket to fall.
Some resistance from Pretorious (17) and Andrew Ireland (18) prevented extreme embarrassment as wickets were surrendered. Tynemouth slipped to ninth in the NEPL table.
A new look Second Team, visiting Chester-le-Street, were asked to field first. They had to admire 102 from opener Tony Birbeck, run out by new recruit Ricky Handa with the score then 151-3.
After early wickets each for Finn Lonnberg and Josh Koen, Adam Nairn with 73 in his pairing with Birbeck set up a good score. Lonnberg and Koen each took three wickets as Chester posted 241-9 before declaring at 50 overs.
Tynemouth’s response was quite positive although skipper for the day Jamie Coates was bowled with the score on only 8. Youngster Matty Longstaff was joined by Chris Fairley and the pair took the score on to 89-2 when Fairley was bowled for 36.
With Longstaff out caught for 80 at 203-7 this was an interesting contest. Lonnberg, batting down at number 8, hit 42 in only 32 balls including a massive six but Tynemouth could still only reach 216-8 in the permitted 55 overs.
Chester came off better with a higher scoring draw but there was credit in the performance for the Tynemouth lads.
On Sunday, both of the Third Team games at home to Monkseaton and away to South Shields were called off due to the weather.