Veterans make an impact for Monkseaton

On Saturday Monkseaton travelled to play Cramlington with a team containing four second team players including veterans Bob Zanetti and John Hewett, neither of whom disappointed.

Skipper Cameron Butler lost the toss and was asked to field, and Hewett made an instant impression by getting a wicket with the first ball of the game.

His opening partner Gavin Rankin took two wickets but Cramlington’s middle order chipped in with 20s and 30s, and a hard hitting 32 from Weston saw them reach 170 all out.

Owen Rankin bagged two wickets, Matty Kleynhans one, thanks to a stunning catch on the boundary by Rankin, and Chris Coulson, after his starring batting display the previous week, shone with the ball taking four wickets.

Monkseaton went out to bat on a difficult wicket but the other veteran, club president Zanetti, showed his class with the bat scoring 59 runs including three sixes.

Mark Tunstall at the other end played the sheet anchor role batting watchfully for 40 overs for 53 not out.

Monkseaton lost another couple of wickets but returning skipper Cam Butler batted superbly with a hard hitting 42 not out including a mammoth six.

Monkseaton gained a maximum 30 points from the game to consolidate second place in the division.

Meanwhile the second team entertained Cramlington seconds at Churchill, and despite fielding four third teamers they got back to winning ways.

Skipper Eric Thompson lost the toss and was asked to bat.

A splendid 78 not out by Andy Simms saw them post a score of 166-4, Barry Cliffe compiling a tidy 28.

All the bowlers then bowled well, restricting Cramlington to 145-6. Cliffe took two wickets, Mark Leppan, John Bishop, Tony Errington and Mark Graham one each.

The thirds with yet another depleted side lost again, only scoring 57 runs, of which Terry Lee made 25 and Malcolm Anderson 17.

They were playing Ulgham seconds, who knocked off the runs for the loss of three wickets.

Highlight of the day was J Champken, who held a superb catch in the deep and got a run out with a direct hit from deep third man.

Although the thirds have not won many games, skipper Nigel Green, despite losing many of his regular players every week to unavailabilities throughout the club, has generally always managed to field a team – efforts greatly appreciated by the club.